1: King Parikshit’s Question to Suka Maharishi - 13.
Though the rise from one level to another level is usually gradual, as is described to us in the Srimad Bhagavata and the Puranas, it is also said that a sudden rise is possible.
It is something like this.
Suppose one thousand rose petals are kept one over the other and a needle is passed through them, we may say that the needle pierced all these petals at one stroke; whereas, in fact, the needle passed gradually through one petal to the other in spite of the impression that it was an instantaneous action.
Similarly, by the force of the power of yoga and meditation, we may compress the total process of the ascent through all the levels of creation into a so-called instantaneous action, though we cannot escape the law of any level of creation.
We may travel quickly by airplane, trudge by foot, or sit in a bullock cart.
If we travel by airplane it takes no time at all to reach our destination, but we have covered the same distance.
Hence, we may accede that both answers to this question are valid.
Instantaneous evolution is possible, as reaching a place quickly is possible by airplane; yet, we have to remember that we have passed through all the stages abruptly due to the speed with which we have moved.
Progressing quickly is possible only if our yoga is intense.
Tivrasah veganam asannah (Yoga Sutras 1.21) :-
Nearness to Reality is provided by one’s intensity of feeling for it.
The feeling is the touchstone of our ability to reach the levels of creation.
If we can feel all things at the same time, all things will come to us at the same time.
To be continued .....