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The process by which an atman becomes darker, evil, if you will, and treads the path to destruction. It is often a violent experience, fraught with great agony. The projected body feels like it is on fire (hence the name). Dark thoughts inhabit the mind, and often dark actions are taken.
The definition above is a simplified explanation of the process of burning down. If you’ve read the first book, The Shadow Soul, then you no doubt have a clear handle on all this entails. For those readers just finding the series, this phenomena is likely a curiosity, especially with it being the title of the second book. Obviously, this suggests that burning down is an important concept to the series.
Burning down is the path to utter failure for any atman. It is the opposite of rising. Rising is moving upward through the levels of consciousness. Thus, burning down is moving downward through consciousness. One begets a lightness of being, while the other begets a heaviness of being.
Succumbing to the burning is a punishment, yet some beings consider it a powerful alternative path to a different kind of enlightenment. Thus, they attempt to ignite the burn in atman that are susceptible. Many atman who are delivered into Otzar are allowed to stay in Zion, while they’re assessed and protected. If they choose to incarnate, they will be given a guardian who is prepared the inevitable threat. Danava can smell even the slightest of burnings, and will respond to it. In their mind, they’re freeing a brother from the shackles of the lightwalkers.
Symptoms include the following: quick temper, easily frustrated, over simplification of how things should be/work, disregard for another atman’s well-being, narcissistic tendencies, manipulative, languid, inexplicable anguish. Physical symptoms can include the sensation of being on fire, or too warm. The atman itself will show an inclusion, some worse than others; some are barely detectable. Like danava, duta can also sense the burning. Confirmation of an inclusion in the atman is the first stage in diagnosing the burning. The above symptoms are not enough to diagnose an atman. The inclusion must be there. The fact is, we all experience those actions/feelings throughout our lifetimes. However, in the burning, they are far more pronounced.
Suffering is dependent upon the atman in question. Some suffer from the symptoms, while others embrace and relish them. Even though duta do their very best to rectify the issue, not all atman can be healed, or saved as is the slang.
Danava target the burning, additionally, for building their numbers. The justification of freeing one of their own is secondary to striking a blow to Zion by stealing another atman.
Burning down is not related to possession. It is not mental illness.