The subtle & gross body states

           The melted water from the snow flows as a small stream of water  treading its winding course in a zig-zag way, playing, frisking about in the mountains. What is this? This is the second stage of the river’s life. Here the river is in its subtle body. This subtle body emanated from the seed body of the river, it came from the seed body of the river. You know upon the seed body of the river was the Sun shining, and through the action of the Sun’s heat and light upon the seed body of the river came out the subtle body of the river. This is the subtle body. It is very fickle, vague, meandering, zig-zag. It is now jumping down and taking long leaps in hot haste and in great fury, then it subsides into a lake or a calm. It is very vague, fickle, changing.

               Let us descend a little to the plains. Now in the plains we have different scenes. The same water, the same river we saw present in the seed form upon the snow-capped glaciers and which adopted a most fantastic and most poetic aspect in its subtle form lower down on the mountains, the same waters, the same river now becomes a muddy stream upon the plains. In the plains, the same river, the same Ganges river becomes a mighty stream. It has undergone a great change. It has put on new clothing, new color; it does not keep its original transparency and its original limpidness; it becomes dirty, turbid and it becomes changed in color. Muddy it becomes and at the same time it changes its speed. It becomes now slow, very slow, and on the other hand it becomes more useful now. Upon the surface of this mighty river float boats, float ships, traffic is carried on. People come and bathe, and the water of the great river now is utilized in canals and aqueducts for irrigating the lands and for fertilizing the country around.    

      This is a very beautiful analogy to explain a lot of mystery of our body and the Universe. We will now understand about awareness and Consciousness based on the same beautiful analogy.