In the west, our culture has been very focused on individuality. This is a step up from tribal mode but, like being a teenager, should be seen as a transitional step.
We live in a very interdependent community we often take for granted. But our homes, food, roads, cars, water, power, everything has to be planned, made or grown, distributed and made available to us. It all has to be maintained too. Any yet many people live separate lives, disconnected from those around them. Connecting to a community can be very enriching although it can take time to find the right connections.
There is another level in which we’re a community. The body is composed of trillions of cells, most performing a specialized role to support their area of the body, much as humans have jobs. Our body is also host to trillions more microbes, many of which the body depends on for digesting food and so forth. Like civilization, we need balance to keep us healthy.
The only reason we experience ourselves as distinct individuals is because we experience from a point of awareness, a focal point called the soul or jiva. If this isn’t clear to us, we identify with the body-mind we’re experiencing through because this seems obvious to the senses.
There is a still further level of community most people are unaware of. There is life that coordinates all the physical and energetic activity of all those cells and organs and functions. In Sanskrit, this is devata. In consciousness, this is the process of experience which gives rise to all forms and processes, including the experience of the world and of an experiencer. They create and sustain your very experience of self.
Some of these devata have literally been asleep for a long time so they’ve been inactive in expressing life and the world. The Vedas suggest that in the dark ages, only 25% are awake. We’re now in an age where we’re rising to 50%, although there is also an awakening cycle that should speed this up. When our perception refines and we notice these finer fields, we can also contribute to waking up those sleeping principles. (Remember, this is subtler. We’re not talking about elves but impulses of intelligence and light.)
This is very much like all those cells in the body but functioning on a different level. Yet from another perspective, our body is the body of all bodies (cosmic) and the different levels are just different appearances of the same thing.
The devata also work in teams, so after they wake up, they integrate with other awake laws and add their functionality to the world. This is changing the way the world works.
As some of those devata express through very awake beings, it also evolves both. Living in awakeness the devata come to wake up themselves in the spiritual sense. As with humans, this very much enhances their experience, and that carries over into their effectiveness and the awakeness of the whole.
The spiritual awakening that’s unfolding is not about this or that guy waking up. It’s about everything progressively waking up through association with source and with other points of awakeness. This is a community affair.