Spiritual Awakening by Stages #190
One of the concerns of all spiritual aspirants, once the path to Reality has been set foot upon, is whether or not any progress is being made. The realized souls of India, those unique beings who walk the path to Enlightenment every time they incarnate for the highest good of living beings, have come to see that a few well-marked stages become evident as the radiant road to realization opens up before them. Noting these down for others in the future, they have classed them into four general phases of growth and progress. Sri Ramakrishna has spoken of them as well in His Gospel, giving out the characteristics of each in no uncertain terms.