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36. సుతలము (Sutalamu)


In inferior type of super consciousness we get satya, ahimsa, asteya, aparigraha and brahmacharya. Only when these qualities are present we should talk about spirituality. Talking about the 'U' level, Rev. SriRamchandraji Maharaj says, this is where inferior type of super consciousness is present.

Sutala is a stage of consciousness where balance or settledness is there, which is the positive aspect. The sadhaka has not totally come out of feeling self importance and has not stabilised in the attitude that everything is Master's command. Therefore he settles in super consciousness of lower type. This is one of the seven inferior types of super consciousness. The others being Patala, Talatala, Rasatala, Mahatala, Vitala and Atala.

The picture in the game of life depicts Vamana pushing Bali Chakravarthi to Sutala. He was pushed because he interfered in the work of other functionaries. The difficulty with King Bali was, he was capable of understanding that God is there but he was always confident that he can do. He made other functionaries not function.

Sutalamu is some sort of plain. Sutala itself is a low stage of lower plane of consciousness or one of the nether worlds. There is a positive aspect of it, in the sense there is a balance. Sutalamu is stage of balance, not excessive indulgence. Indulgence is there, but not excessive. If we analyse ourselves, majority of the people who are on the path are only somewhere in the sutala.

Out of 14 lokas, 7 lokas are below. The upper lokas are Bhuh, Bhuvah, Suvah, Mahah, Janah, Tapah, Satyam. The adho lokas are below and Sutala means balanced plane but it is of inferior type, it remains below. If you are going to look at it vertically, from top to bottom, you will be getting into troubles. For all seven of them, if we take posterior and anterior, if you take a bright side and dark side, the dark side is the lower and the bright side is higher. That is the real meaning. If you keep it one above the other, we get into confusion. We don't see so many centers in the body. There is always a darker side for every center. There is a brighter side and there is a darker side, both can be seen. So, when we say that is lower, the other one is higher.