Steve Beckow: By a Process of Illumination

RamakrishnaBy Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia, September 16, 2015

It was said of Sri Ramakrishna that his life was a living illustration of the truths of the scriptures.

He reached enlightenment by several paths – Bhakti (devotion), Jnana (wisdom), Christianity, Islam, and others.

Sadhaks (spiritual seekers) could see in him, on his body, and in his moods proof of the descriptions of some of the highest and most esoteric of spiritual experiences. At one point he remained in samadhi for so long that the birds of the air nested in his hair.

And all along the way he described as fully as he could what was transpring. However he reached a point where his mind fell silent, his tongue no longer worked, and he could not describe what he felt and saw.  He describes it here:

“‘So long as [the Kundalini] does not reach the brain, I remain conscious, but the moment it does so, I am dead to the outside world. Even the functions of the eyes and the ears come to a stop, and speech is out of the question. Who should speak? The very distinction between ‘I’ and ‘thou’ vanishes.

“‘Sometimes I think I shall tell you everything about what I see and feel when that mysterious power rises up through the spinal column. When it has come up to this, or even this (pointing to the heart and throat), somebody stops my mouth, as it were, and I am adrift.

“‘I make up my mind to relate to you what I feel when the Kundalini goes beyond the throat, but as I think it over, up goes the mind at a bound, and there is an end to the matter.’

“Many a time did the Master attempt to describe this state, but failed every time. One day he was determined to tell and went on until the power reached the throat. Then pointing to the sixth centre, opposite the junction of the eyebrows, he said, ‘When the mind reaches this point one catches a vision of the Paramatman and falls into Samadhi. Only a thin, transparent veil intervenes between the Jiva and the Paramatman. He then sees like this –‘ and as he attempted to explain it in detail he fell into Samadhi.

“When his mind came down a little he tried again, and again he was immersed in Samadhi! After repeated attempts he said with tears in his eyes, ‘Well, I sincerely wish to tell you everything, but [the Divine Mother] won’t let me do so. She gagged me!’” (1)

Incredibly every one of us, when we ascend, will be achieving a level of enlightenment which Sri Ramakrishna hardly ever discussed. He usually stopped at descriptions of the enlightenment that occurs when the kundalini reaches the seventh chakra, which Hindus call Brahmajnana or God-Realization. This results in a temporary heart opening.

But we’ll experience a higher state – Sahaja Samadhi – which occurs when the kundalini doubles back, reaches the heart, and permanently opens it. Only avatars like Sri Ramakrishna or sages like Sri Ramana Maharshi were capable of attaining that state and remaining alive.

We lightworkers and lightholders serve a similar function to Sri Ramakrishna. We’re going up to Sahaja Samadhi, which we reach a short time after Ascension according to the Divine Mother. And as we do, we’re asked to share our experiences with the mass of the population, who still don’t know very much, if anything, of what’s happening.

We’re witnesses to these states before the rest of the world. That certainly has been my mission. I was tasked with going up gradually and writing about it. Some of my friends have already surged ahead. Their mission is to demonstrate these higher states now, probably as a lure to others.  Mine is slightly different. Archangel Michael describes it here:

“If you venture, as you would often like, too far ahead of others, then whom are you speaking to? If you are miles ahead of those who follow and who seek to find the path, they cannot see you. They do not know whether they are supposed to turn left or right or go straight ahead.

“Now do they innately know? Yes, but they do not always know they know. That is the role of the wayshowers. It is what you have agreed to do, long ago, to lead others who are perhaps at times feeling lost. They are not lost but they feel lost so they need a guide in human form.” (2)

The same could be said of all lightworkers and lightholders. We’re angelic guides in human form, showing the way to the mass of the population who may not know which way to turn.

I once called us “waiters at the banquet of Ascension.” (3) That’s one of our roles.  Other roles are financial wayshowers, lamplighters, gatekeepers, pillars, and so on.

We go up gradually and describe how we feel, what we see, and what we know. My latest adventure has been an entry into transformative love and that has changed my life. Love now flows through me in a way it never did before.

Life for all of us from here on in will simply be a majestic story of continuing unfoldment, continuing joy and bliss, continuing deepening, by a process of illumination. Never have so many been tasked with so important a mission that was so delightful.


(1) Paramahansa Ramakrishna, in Anon., Life of Sri Ramakrishna. Calcutta: Advaita Ashrama, 1977; c1924, 107-8.

(2) Archangel Michael to Steve Beckow in a personal reading through Linda Dillon, Aug. 21, 2015. Used by permission.

(3) “Starseeds: Waiters at the Banquet of Ascension,” Oct. 24, 2012, at

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