Once again, this is part two of the above blog. It has been written for my children. May I request you, if your not my children to skip the blog please?
There are 4 levels or steps in progress
Prarambha Avastha. This is the beginning stage Here one begins to experience smaller signs of awakening of the shakti. This can include recitation, activity of body etc.
Ghata avastha: this is where the mind becomes stronger. The impurities of the mind begin to wither away
Shakta diksha gives these two awakening initially
The first two stages described above go on simultaneously. It goes on for years or even births. The body and the mind has to be made stronger for further progress.
Parichaya Avastha or Siddha avastha. This is called parichaya meaning that you finally meet God. You know the mechanism of how God created the universe and your body. You begin to understand delusion. The experiences are of extraordinary level
What are the physical signs ? The disciple now is able to withdraw his life senses from the body and lie lifeless in Samadhi. The key thing is, when he takes his life sensation away from his hand, his hand becomes numb. This is of course at will. Without these signs, it would be futile to think that you have made progress. Those who have reached this level , can destroy other peoples karma at ease. He can help many other people.
Those at this stage are more likely to be helpful. Since they have extra ordinary power, it is called Siddha Avastha
In Giri sampradaya, the starting point of awakening is Siddha Avastha. Sadly very few can hold on to that highest awakening, where all lower chakras are penetrated, the body is lifeless in samadhi and you remain merged in the divine. Without purity of the mind one cannot maintain this even though, you received the highest. This is the Vedha diksha. Our efforts and search for Guru at this point only brings us down and not upward.
Nishpati Avastha. They are the highest. Not much can be said about them. They are like Narayan Tirthji Maharaj or Parmanand tirthji Maharaj.