Also see: Public lecture - The mystery of the world beyond
The way most people live their life is not yet complete, and is not very ideal for gaining happiness and wisdom. There are many levels of existence and the first one is the physical level. Most people live their life on this plane, where the search for sensual pleasures is the main goal, be it love to eat, to sleep, to have all kinds of physical happiness, and we tend towards laziness too. We just work because we need to earn a living but we do not put our ideal and our heart into it. We usually do not like to work unless it concerns our welfare, and it is difficult for us to work for mankind as a whole.
The second level is what we call the emotional level. These people have very strong opinions and we can say that they are domineering or authoritarian. They are always right and expect others to do as they do. Many dictators or so-called great leaders of extremist movements belong to this level. Even those who have good intentions, when they make the wrong turn, they will not admit it and will not attempt to correct the situation. And there lies the danger, because of the lack of flexibility.
In the third level we live in the intellect, in the physical mind, which is, I am sorry to say, only a computer, an excellent one that can record everything and sort it without any intelligence and judgment. But without the intelligence of the soul, the mind is only an automatic machine. People on this level become generally closed in on themselves and bury themselves in any type of ideal. They are stuck in a way, not caring for what is happening in the world, without a real desire to improve it or to change themselves. They think that they are perfect the way they are, and many mistake this as being enlightened.
The next level is that of the soul, of self-realization, because we identify ourselves with the soul. We know that we and our soul, the source of inspiration and happiness, are one and the same and we know that we are not the body. We try to help the world and to help ourselves. But this is not the highest level, because we still have the ego and it knows its strength. Even when we say I and my Father are One, it makes two, and it is still too crowded! (laughter)
Then comes God's level, God's consciousness and realization. God is nothing but ourselves. While in the previous level, we thought that God was separate from us. It isn't easy to explain, but for the first time we act without thinking, without even knowing what we are doing. We become the author of everything without collecting karma. This is what Jesus was describing when He said I do not - my Father is doing.
Q. Is it possible to be fully divine and fully human at the same time?
M. Yes, a fully divine person is a fully human being. A fully human being is a fully divine person. Now we are only half human. We do things with hesitation, with ego, and do not believe that God arranged everything for our own enjoyment and experience. We separate sins and virtues. We make a big deal out of everything, and accordingly judge ourselves and other people, and accordingly suffer by our own limitation about what God should do.
Actually God is inside of us and we limit Him. We like to enjoy ourselves, but we don't know. We say to ourselves "I shouldn't do that," But why be vegetarian? Simply because the God inside us wants it. It is against our principle of not wanting to be killed. We ourselves do not want to be killed or have our property stolen. Now, if we do those things to other beings, it means that we go against ourselves, and this makes us suffer. You shouldn't beat yourself or starve yourself, for example. It is the same thing with killing. We shouldn't kill, because it is against the principle of life, and it makes us suffer, so we don't do it. It doesn't mean that we limit ourselves that way. It means that we expand our life to all kinds of lives, not just to human beings but also to animals. Our life won't be limited to this body but also extended to all the animals, and all kinds of beings. This will make us great and regain our grandeur.