In “God Speaks,” Meher Baba provides a comprehensive description of the purpose of creation as a means by which God, through the vehicle of individual souls, is able to transition from a state of infinite unconsciousness of self to the soul’s ultimate realization of themselves as infinite consciousness. Baba describes a three-phase process by which this happens.
The first phase includes the evolution of consciousness through various forms in ascending levels of consciousness, from stone to vegetable, to insects and reptiles, to birds and fish, to animals, and eventually into the human form.
Phase two is the process of reincarnation within the human form where opportunities to experience the full range of polarities is given to eventually allow the soul to disentangle from various false identifications including rich and poor, eastern and western, male and female, and so on.
The third phase occurs when the soul is sufficiently mature to begin dissociating from their identity as a limited being and enters into the inner planes of consciousness—a process Meher Baba terms “involution.” This eventually allows the return of the soul to His original state—but this time conscious—of Self- or God-Realization.