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It is a truism that man epitomizes the universe. Therefore, the law of growth, which science names evolution, 

may be studied and applied with equal precision and accuracy to the individual; to a body of individuals called 

a nation; and to worlds, or planets.


The evolution of an individual is accomplished when he has learned through the various avenues of 

experience, the fact of his own godhood; and when he has established his union with that indescribable 
spiritual essence which is called Om; God; Nirvana; Samadhi; Brahm; Kami; Allah; and the Absolute.



A Japanese term is Dai Zikaku. The Zen sect of Japanese Buddhists say Daigo Tettei, and one who has 
attained to this superior phase of consciousness is called Sho-Nin, meaning literally "above man."



Emerson, the great American seer, expressed this Nameless One, as The Oversoul, and Herbert Spencer, the 
intellectual giant of England, used the term Universal Energy.



Emerson was a seer; Spencer was a scientist, which word, until recently, was a synonym for materialist.


But what are words?


Mere symbols of consciousness, and subject to change and evolvement, as man's consciousness evolves. The 

student of truth will recognize in these different words, exactly the same meaning. The "eternal energy from 

which all things proceed" is a phrase identical with "The Oversoul," or "The Absolute," from which all 
manifestation comes.



Man's evolution, then, is an evolution in consciousness, from the subjective awareness of the monad to a 
realization of the entire cosmos.



Each phase of life is a specific degree of consciousness and each successive degree brings the individual 
nearer to the realization of the sum of all degrees of consciousness, into godhood--the highest degree which 

we can conceive.


Such, briefly, is a statement of that phenomenon which is attracting the attention of occidental students of 

psychology, and which has been fittingly termed "the attainment of cosmic consciousness."


The phrase expresses a degree of consciousness which includes the entire cosmos--not only this planet called 

earth, and everything thereon, but also the spheres of the Constellation.


Not that this degree of consciousness carries with it the power to express in words, that which it is. In fact, the 

one who has had this marvelous awakening, cannot adequately describe, or even retain, a full comprehension 

of what it signifies.


All-inclusive knowledge would indeed, preclude the possibility of expression. Therefore, even if it were 

possible to retain in the finite mind, the full realization of cosmic consciousness, words could not be found in 
which to express it to others.



Thought is the creator of words, but thought is but the material which the mind employs, and cosmic 
consciousness transcends the mind, engulfs the soul, and reaches to the trackless areas of Spirit.



It may be doubted if any one may retain a full realization of cosmic consciousness, and remain in the physical 
body.



Great and wonderful as have been the experiences of those who have sought to relate their sensations, it is 
probable that these flashes of insight have been in the nature of cosmic perception, and have lacked full






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