By Yogi Ashwini of Dhyan Ashram

Even though light is the fastest thing on earth, it cannot traverse through these dimensions in an entire lifetime. Only thoughts can take us to these dimensions.

The dimensions below earth are Atala, Vitala, Sutala, Talatal, Mahatala, Rasatala, Paatala, which we should just read and forget. These are for those beings who live a life devoid of service and charity, full of selfishness- in other words, a life of darkness. This includes beings who harm others or even after being in a position of preventing pain of others, look the other way. These souls are sent to these lower lokas to go through the processes of cleansing through pain, fear, claustrophobia and stickiness with slime. The lower worlds are dark as the occupants of these lokas desire only darkness. The forms taken by the souls in these dimensions are gross, slimy, painful and full of pure fear all the time.

In order to become eligible to go to any other loka- higher or lower, one has to come to Bhu loka. In all the other lokas, the time for being is fixed, after the expiry of which one returns to Bhu loka. Even Lord Vishnu, who resides in Vaikunth, which is a subtler part of Satya loka, has to descend to Bhuloka to discharge his duties towards creation. So find a guru, and make the most of the time you have, while you are in this dimension. Yoga under a guru is a journey with real experiences, not a day-dreamer’s world where kathas and stories are told to you of others’ experiences, or where you sing, dance, listen to stories and come back, poorer in your pocket. It’s a journey into realty and it’s your individual journey.