Question: How many different kinds of consciousness are there in the ordinary human being and to what extent can they be controlled?Sri Chinmoy: There are many kinds of consciousness in the ordinary human being but there are two main types of consciousness that regulate a human being. If he is in the desire-world, then earth-bound consciousness dominates him, and if he is in the Heaven-free world, then the divine Consciousness inspires him, energises him and immortalises him.
To what extent can consciousness be controlled? It entirely depends on the seeker's inner achievement; how much Peace, Light and Bliss he has already established in his life of aspiration and dedication.
Sri Chinmoy, Consciousness: God-Journey to man, man-journey to God, Agni Press, 1974