3. What Is Man
3:1. Man is not a body. Man is a lump of energy of consciousness (a soul), capable of self-comprehension, remembering, thinking, moving, growing qualitatively and quantitatively, and of degradation.
An incarnation consists in binding a soul with a body (soon to be born) performed by God.
The death constitutes a complete separation of them.
3:2. People are embodied into material bodies by God in order to undergo consecutive stages of personal evolution. They possess a considerable amount of free will, i.e. the right to choose the strategic direction of the personal evolution (to the Abode of the Creator — or to hell), as well as ways of solving daily problems and tasks.
God — in the aspect of the Holy Spirit — constantly suggests ways to improve, to become better to everyone. In this way He expresses His Love-Care for everyone.
But He extremely rarely interferes “by force” with people realizing their desires.
In this way, God — as the Supreme Shepherd — “shepherds” us on the surface of the planet Earth — as if on His “pasture”. He is interested that we develop in the direction preferable by Him: namely, we have to become Perfect Souls and merge with Him in His Abode, and thus to enrich Him with ourselves.
And if someone does not live the Earth’s life in the way preferable by God, He inflicts pain to that person through illnesses or various calamities. As a result, some of us start to reflect on it and then reform. But others only grow more embittered and, unfortunately, degrade at even a higher rate.
In this way — through realization of the free will — natural selection goes on among the souls embodied by God.
He takes the best ones into His Abode. Good souls get in paradise for some time, and after that they get embodied again in the conditions favorable for further development. The abode of the worst souls is hell. Some of those souls are given an opportunity to be embodied again, to try one more time, while the worst of them, hopeless in God’s opinion, get destroyed, annihilated forever (this is where the ideas of “blazing inferno” and “infernal fire consuming sinners” originate from).
3:3. We have to become aware of ourselves not as of the body or mind but as of an embodied soul (consciousness): only from this standpoint it is possible to understand correctly how to live on the Earth.
The expressions “my soul”, “his (her) soul”, “their (our) souls” or the likes are incorrect. Let us realize — we are souls.
3:4. People of all nationalities and races, and of both sexes — are equal in the face of God. What really makes them different from one another is the age of the soul and the degree to which they have developed certain positive and negative qualities.
The basic principles of spiritual advancement are the same for all people regardless of sex, nationality, and other similar characteristics, though the methods of spiritual work must be different depending on: a) the age of a person in the current incarnation, b) the psychogenetic age (age of the soul), c) present level of ethical and intellectual development, and d) the portion of the spiritual Path that an individual soul has already successfully traveled.
3:5. The supreme prospective task of each human being is to cognize God in all of His aspects and Manifestations, then, upon achieving spiritual Perfection, to merge with the Creator in His Abode, and then to continue taking part in the Universal Evolutionary Process from there, by assisting the embodied beings in particular.
But what one should begin with is the intellectual development and ethical self-transformation.