It might be more appropriate to call this entry, The Four Stages of Devolution. You can decide for yourself after reading it:
1 Paravani, ‘beyond sound’
• – The dot
Self: Atman (soul, self) “I”
The dot represents the seed (bija) of unlimited potential. As a non-physical individual entity with the ability to be conscious and to act (choose), you exist in a state of perfection with your unlimited potential in a latent state.
2 Pashanti, ‘he perceives’
M – The curved line beneath the dot
Self: Asmita (sense of self) “I am”
You become aware of yourself. A line has a starting point and and end point. This suggests that something is happening, something has begun: Remember purusha and prakriti? The Perfect You, having become aware of Itself, exercises Its ability to be conscious (purusha, You with a view-point) and perceives Another (prakriti, the divine other-than-you).
3 Madyamavani, ‘middle sound’
U – The the loop below the line
Self: Ahamkara (the separate sense of self as the doer of action) “I do”
The Perfect You has become aware of Itself, exercised Its ability to be conscious, perceived differentness, and senses Itself as having been the actor in all this. This sense of doership completes the illusion that you are separate from the Whole, from God.
4 Vaishvarivani, ‘all world sounds,’ i.e., languages
A – The large symbol that looks like a three
Self: You are identified with what is other than you. “I am that”
The Perfect You no longer experiences being perfect, unlimited and free. You identify with the body, and the illusion of separation and duality is complete. You become deluded by the relative law of cause and effect, and acquire various degrees of merit and demerit according to the actions of the body and the mind. This happens because you are identified with the body and the mind as you. The senses support this belief by providing corroborative information for the mind. You become burdened with responsibilities, guilt and pride. You live from experience to experience. You either like an experience (you call this a positive feeling or emotion) and develop an attraction to it and the things that promote it, or you don’t like the way it feels (you call this a negative feeling or emotion), develop an aversion to it and try to avoid things that make you feel this way. Being run by these phenomena is common. It is now time to turn around and go the other way: