When we get interested in spirituality, when we wake up to it, we sometimes want direction and some teaching, or more waking up (which is possible). We want a spiritual teacher or a Master.
There are different kinds of masters or Masters. To get a feel for this topic it helps to know about the planes of consciousness in Creation and a soul’s place in all this, so here is a brief explanation.
Souls come down from the Divine, from what we can call God, into Creation. Most souls when they come down up until now were a bit sleepy or asleep, with the potential for infinite consciousness. They are not aware of what’s going on in that place called Creation. The souls after a while drop down to the bottom-most part of Creation, which is the bottom of the zeroth (0th) plane of consciousness. The light on the zeroth plane is dark and slow, and consciousness is extremely limited, literally zero at the bottom of the zeroth plane. The soul has gone from infinite consciousness to zero consciousness.
There are other planes of consciousness. The first plane, where the light is a bit brighter and a bit quicker than on the zeroth plane. Then the second plane where the light is brighter still and even quicker and so consciousness is more expanded. Then there are the third plane, the fourth plane, the fifth plane, and the sixth plane where the light is very bright and intense white light, and where consciousness of the soul is very expanded. Then there is the huge gap in consciousness to the Divine Journeys which are part of God.
Souls start off at the bottom of the zeroth plane in the mineral kingdom with virtually no consciousness. Then lifetime after lifetime they reincarnate back into mineral form and each time there is a minute increment in consciousness. Eventually still in the zeroth plane, the soul incarnates into a lifeform that is in the plant kingdom with a slightly higher level of consciousness for the soul to gain experience of life there. After many lifetimes in the plant kingdom, gaining consciousness and experience, and still in the zeroth plane, the soul incarnates as an animal in the animal kingdom. The soul dies and is born again and again in the reincarnatory process, each time having a lifeform with a minutely higher degree of consciousness. Eventually the soul takes a sub-human form, and then, still in the zeroth plane, the soul takes a human form.
The soul has a consciousness that is still limited. This consciousness minutely increases lifetime after lifetime until the soul goes up to the bottom of the first plane of consciousness. This level of consciousness is greater than the zeroth plane and less than the consciousness higher up the first plane, and less than the consciousness on the second plane and so on. Eventually, eventually, the soul reincarnates and increases its experience of Life and consciousness, all the way up to the top of the sixth plane. Here, the soul’s consciousness is very expanded, and it’s a place where karma can be easily balanced, prior to God realisationship, with the soul going onto the Divine Journeys.
A person whose soul is on the sixth plane will have a far greater degree of consciousness than a soul on the zeroth or the first or the second plane for instance (and the third, fourth and fifth planes). People with sixth plane souls (and fifth plane souls) are very unlikely to say they are enlightened, have special powers or authority etc because they have experienced enough of Life to realise there is so much more to learn, and they appreciate the absolutely massive gulf between where they are now and the consciousness and other qualities that are there for God-realised souls on the Divine Journeys.
Usually for souls it is one way traffic from the zeroth plane to the sixth plane. However, if someone abuses the enormous power they have available to them on the fourth plane they can get dropped down to lower down the fourth plane, or lower, including right back down to the bottom of the zeroth plane, back to a mineral life again! These days people on higher planes can also be dropped. The Avatar had dropped one soul down from the sixth plane to the second so they would have millions of more lives of experience to make them more useful to the Avatar when they met again (this happen to a person called Eruch who served Meher Baba). Having more experience of life than the normal can also be useful for spiritual teachers or Perfect Masters because they understand more about Life, which makes them more effective and helpful to other souls.
The main Master is the Avatar who comes down to earth every 400 to 700 years in major and in minor incarnations ( Krishna, Ram, Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed- though said he was only a prophet, and Meher Baba who dropped his body in 1969). Many of the incarnations are ones where they keep a low profile. Even in the major incarnations they will only gather around them a small number of followers to do the work, even though they may make contact or be seen by large numbers of people as they do their work. The Avataric work involves altering the timelines of creation and humanity to get them back on track, and for the spiritual advancement of all souls in creation. There are plenty of accounts available online of people meeting Meher Baba if you want to find out how people felt or what they experienced when they met him. He said he had come to awaken people and not teach as we had been given plenty of words already. He would communicate to people, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. This time around, he made all the major decisions for the next three thousand years, and altered the timelines in his universal work. There are accounts of his work in a series of books called “Lord Meher” and these can be read free online. He worked with ordinary people, in the East and the West, he worked with Masts (God intoxicated people who care only for God and who are like spiritual generators), and undertook other types of spiritual work. The work around the time of the Second World War is quite illuminating.
To help the Avatar when they are not on earth, there have always been five Perfect Masters. These hold the qualities of Bliss, Wisdom, Knowledge, Truth and Power. Whereas the Avatar has access to all the Divine Journeys in their system, the Perfect Masters used to have access to the first, second and third Divine Journeys. As these are infinitely big, that is a lot of energy they can work with to bring into Creation to make changes. The Perfect Masters have infinite consciousness, are aware of creation as Illusion as they are aware of Reality. They are at the centre of creation and of each being in creation. Every moment they are doing universal work.
There are 51 other people on this planet who are God-realized, whose consciousness is on the lower Divine Journeys. Some of these can have a role like a saint or a Master, and they have access to Divine Journey energy and light. An example of this is Mother Meera in Germany, who brings through the Paramatman Light. God-realized people have access to Divine guides who help them in their work, especially the Perfect Masters. Archangels are sixth plane and angels are fifth plane, and the Perfect Masters as aspects of God, being on the Divine Journeys, direct the Archangels and angels, as they have the authority as an earned right. Also, importantly, being infinite, they can handle the full mental energy of the Archangels and angels.
There is a gigantic gap in consciousness between the Divine Journeys and the planes of consciousness in creation. What we call masters on the sixth, fifth, fourth planes and so on, only have access to the energy and light (mental or astral) on their plane or lower.
Some energies and abilities on some planes can look spectacular. For instance, the energy on the third plane can be used by saints on the third plane or higher to perform what would be called minor miracles, such as creating perfume as they rub their fingers together, or getting ash to grow out of statues. This is energy, not spirituality, which is about a person’s connection with God. When someone has that connection, miracles like that are meaningless.
There is a way a person can have higher plane energy flowing through them. A person in everyday life, or someone who has a saint or a master role, can be overshadowed by a Perfect Master, who can flow energy through and get work done depending on the strength of the person’s energy system. Perfect Masters will also work through their agents who are placed on different planes, though they won’t necessarily seem like masters, and in fact may look very ordinary, so the work gets done without any fuss or glamour.
A person may also be overshadowed by a being on the inner planes and bring through teachings and energy. So someone on the second plane could be overshadowed on the inner planes by another person on the fifth plane. Or they could be overshadowed by a guide on the inner planes who passes through energy and information. Though the energy and information from a fifth plane or sixth plane being won’t be of the same standard as from a Perfect Master. Someone on the zeroth, or first or second plane might think it is great, and they could still get some energy or healing from it because it is from a higher plane and will speed up their karma a bit. But if a person has been around a God-realized being, or a Perfect Master, or if they are old enough to have been around the Avatar, they would know there is a Universe of difference between the energy and teaching of someone on the Divine Journeys, and someone on the planes of consciousness. Still, got to start somewhere, and someone carrying out the master role might in many lifetimes end up being a Perfect Master.
The whole thing about finding a master or spiritual teacher is a tricky business. People who want spiritual direction and who want a teacher are putting their trust in someone they don’t know, and as learners, they are likely not to be able to know what to look for in a teacher. Some teachers are good and loving, with good intentions. Some teachers are in it for motives other than being loving and compassionate to the people who have put their faith in them. It might be for power, for money, for control, for sex, or to boost their own ego. Or the person could be overshadowed by a being or entity on the inner planes who sounds plausible, but is actually twisted and bringing through energy that damages or ensnares and controls. (I experienced this with some people pretending to teach about angels. I wrote about it on my blog. I did get out of the situation when I realized I was feeling wrong.)
In life we connect up with people, including potential spiritual teachers and masters because of karma. We will have met them before in some context in one or more previous lives. Our karma is there to give us experience, and sometimes we need the lesson that being with someone gives us, until we have learned the lesson and no longer require the connection.
In life, knowing how to discern what is right or good for us really helps. Some people have a gut instinct and follow it. Some people have a good intuition, or a very helpful guide, or they have an open third eye and can look at the energy of potential situations and their timelines to help them make good choices. If a person is vulnerable, it is easy for them to be pushed into something unsafe, though. The easiest trick in the world is to make them feel special and loved, but ensnare them.
There is a lot of choice out there. People can make a karmic connection, and still check out the other person, the potential teacher or master. Here is a way. Imagine going through their energy to their heart centre. Imagine how it feels, looks, smells like and sounds like. If all seems good, then wonderful. Let that help you make a choice.