Creation chart painted by Rano Gayley
The Theme of Creation. Meher Baba declared that He had come not to teach but to awaken. Nevertheless, His various messages and books, particularly ‘God Speaks’ and ‘the Discourses’, present a definite and coherent cosmology. God, as He explained, is the sole Reality, and the created universe exists only in dream or imagination. The dream of creation originated in the Whim of God to know Himself. This precipitated an evolution of consciousness in which the “drop-soul” (or jeevatma), identifying with innumerable physical forms and thereby growing in conscious experience, progressed from stone and metal through varied species of the vegetable, worm, fish, bird, and animal kingdoms.
In human form, which is the terminus of evolution, consciousness is fully developed, but now the soul experiences the accumulated impressions from the process of evolution of consciousness rather than its own, intrinsic God-state. This ignorance necessitates further births and deaths through human reincarnation. Still impelled by God’s original Whim to know Himself, eventually the soul turns inward and embarks upon what Meher Baba called the process of “involution of consciousness”. This involutionary journey leads out of the gross or physical and on through the subtle and mental spheres (that is, the spheres of energy and mind), spanning seven planes of higher consciousness. The spiritual path culminates on the seventh plane with the experience of Divine Union or God-Realization, wherein the soul acquires direct and incontrovertible Knowledge of itself as God, the sole Being and infinite Reality.