Volume I  Page 63  §  The Formation and Function of Sanskaras

DISCOURSES by Meher Baba

Freedom from sanskaras is the condition of harmonious experience become so engraved upon the mind of man that despite his sincere desire and effort to eradicate it, it takes its own time and has a way of working itself into action directly or indirectly. The mind contains many heterogeneous sanskaras and, while seeking expression in consciousness, they often clash with each other. The clash of sanskaras is experienced in consciousness as a mental conflict. Experience is bound to be chaotic and enigmatic, full of oscillations, confusion and complex tangles until consciousness is freed from all sanskaras, good and bad. Experience can become truly harmonious and integral only when consciousness is emancipated from the impressions.
        Sanskaras can be classified according to essential differences in the nature of the spheres to which they refer. Referring to these different spheres of existence, they are found to be of three Three types of sanskaras give rise to three different states of consciousness kinds: (1) Gross sanskaras which enable the soul to experience the gross world through the gross medium, and compel it to identify itself with the gross body. (2) Subtle sanskaras which enable the soul to experience the subtle world through the subtle medium, and compel the soul to identify itself with the subtle body. (3) Mental sanskaras which enable the soul to experience the mental world through the mental medium, and compel it to identify itself with the mental body. The differences between the states of the individual souls are entirely due to the differences existing in the kinds of sanskaras with which their consciousness is loaded. Thus gross-conscious souls experience only the gross world; subtle-conscious souls experience only