“The Layers of Manifestation Constituting the Ordinary Person”
From “Notes on the Figures” (p. 526)
The “Tiffin Lectures” sources provide no diagram at this juncture; the editors and artist have inserted Figure 6 to make the description of the ego in this passage more vivid and concrete. (The same was done in the case of Figure 28, discussed below.) This model for the representation of the false self, which represents the Truth or Real “I” or Ātmā encased in a series of concentric rings or koshas, was often used by Meher Baba from the 1920s onwards. The most developed diagram of this sort is Chart 2 in Divine Theme, reproduced as Chart X in God Speaks (facing p. 226).