जन्म कर्म च मे दिव्यमेवं यो वेत्ति तत्त्वतः ।
त्यक्त्वा देहं पुनर्जन्म नैति मामेति सोऽर्जुन ॥४-९॥
In Bhagavad Gita chapter 4 verse 9 Lord Krishna tells Arjuna: my birth was Divya (divine). Anything related to Lord Krishna could only be understood by a serious seeker of spirituality. The constitution of divine was beyond perception of normal human beings… prime reason why teachings of Bhagavad Gita could never be understood literally. As per Lord Krishna, understanding God Almighty was not that simple… more so was origination of God Almighty! Understanding doctrine of karma was a further impediment in understanding God Almighty!
Personification of God Almighty must never be understood for Lord Krishna. Any human being world over who gains absolute purity by travelling path of spirituality finally reached God. Lord Krishna was distinct from other enlightened beings who gained enlightenment in their lifetime. Lord Krishna was different from man gods like Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ or Prophet Mohammed! Lord Krishna was born an avatar (God manifest in human form). The coming of an avatar was mandated by God Almighty at the end cycle of yugas!
To understand origin of God almighty… one needs understanding the big bang theory! As detailed in Bhagavad Gita, only when God Almighty (termed Brahman in Hinduism) exploded self with a big bang… the present cosmos came into being! To understand this precept of spirituality, origin of cosmos with a big bang… one needs travelling path of pure spirituality as detailed in Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism! Most human beings world over did not know what God Almighty was all about. People believed in God but feared travelling path of spirituality that directly led to God Almighty. Most preferred travelling religious path (path of rituals) that never led to God Almighty… prime reason why people failed to understand God in all its glory!
Furthermore, to understand God Almighty in totality understanding doctrine of karma in entirety was necessitated! Unless we understood inherent underlying connection between God Almighty and path of karma… we could never travel spiritual path sincerely and diligently! For reaching God… negating karma to zero was necessitated. The dross impurities within having removed forever… need for a soul atman to manifest life further now ceased to exist! The purified soul atman, the consciousness within thus liberates self from cycle of birth and death forever. From beginning to last… the effort of every soul atman always remained regaining its lost original pure prime pristine primordial form at the earliest. This becomes possible when human beings negated karma to zero by undertaking spiritual journey in present life.
To understand divine nature of God almighty… travelling spiritual path was ordained by God Almighty! One who understands these spiritual precepts in totality becomes a Tattva jnani… knower of absolute truth! One who becomes a Tattva jnani… is a pure soul atman, the consciousness within! Nowhere else to go further, the liberated soul atman finally enters abode of God, kingdom of God (termed Vaikuntha in Hinduism)… a point of no return! Once a purified soul atman reached Vaikuntha (kingdom of God)… it could not manifest a body again! It remains in kingdom of God (Vaikuntha) until eternity. Having manifested a human form… it becomes our prime duty to follow path of spirituality and reach God in present life! Who knows after death of present body, what form our soul atman manifests in next manifestation!
If we are to reach God in present life… our realizing God, realizing self was mandated by God Almighty. Realizing God… realizing self always meant the same! If an individual grain of sand was an independent soul atman… the whole mound God Almighty! A soul atman is not distinct from God Almighty in essence. Truthfully, God Almighty existed within all living beings including human beings in miniscule form as our soul atman, the consciousness within! Our heart is the abode of our soul atman, the spirit within! As long as our heart beats… we live, the moment our heart stops beating… our soul atman, the spirit within leaves the body forever! In Hinduism realizing God, realizing self… enlightenment meant the same! To become an enlightened one… a bodhi, a Jina… our assimilating pearls of wisdom contained in Bhagavad Gita was an absolute must! Following spirituality as detailed in Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism is a sure shot method of reaching God in present life!
Most human beings world over interpreted sacred scriptures literally! How could we understand inherent values of entire cosmic system with limited power of senses and mind! As detailed in Advaita Vedanta theory propagated by Adi Shankaracharya, God Almighty was one and only one…other than God Almighty nothing exists in cosmos! The doctrine of Maya (veil of illusion) put forward by Adi Shankaracharya makes cosmic theory absolutely clear. We were truly clusters of atoms and molecules, only when viewed from limited power of senses and mind things appeared solid. The doctrine of Maya says everything in cosmos was made up of clusters of atoms and molecules… the basic building block of cosmos! It further says that entire cosmos exists only in thoughts of God Almighty.
If the entire cosmos was an absolute functional reality… it should have a boundary. If it has a boundary… then what beyond! If we assume the present cosmos does not have a boundary… then it can only exist in thoughts of God Almighty! As per this analogy… we were primarily a spirit, a soul atman on its cosmic journey of 8.4 million manifestations that entailed an earthly sojourn of 96.4 million years! A soul atman, the spirit within regains its lost original pure prime pristine form only after reaching 8.4 millionth manifestation, last in cosmic life cycle! The moment this happens, human being is said to have gained enlightenment (kaivalya jnana in Hinduism). From first manifestation to last… the purpose of cosmic journey by a soul atman was liberating self cycle of birth and death at the earliest. To cleanse self of dross impurities within… a soul atman needs manifesting a chain of 8.4 million bodies on the whole.
When souls atmans, God Almighty was the only truth of life… why travel religious path (path of rituals) that never led anywhere? Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita clearly says… travel spiritual path sincerely and diligently and come unto me! Negation of karma to zero, annihilation of dross impurities within a soul atman only becomes possible by undertaking spiritual journey… never path of religion (rituals)! By delaying cosmic process, by fearing travelling spiritual path… we are prolonging the cosmic journey of a soul atman! As a human being, the highest manifest stage in cosmic life cycle… we are duty-bound to assist our soul atman in reaching cosmic end of life at the earliest! The longer we delay spiritual travel… more our sufferings in present life. Why blame God Almighty all the time for karma performed by us? At no stage of life God Almighty was responsible for our part of karma, destiny!
By indulging in Bhagavad Gita in the early stages of life I started realizing that present cosmos came into being after Brahman (God Almighty) exploded self with a big bang. The need for God Almighty (Brahman in Hinduism) to explode self relates to dissolution of cosmos (termed Pralaya in Hinduism). This aspect of spirituality we shall discuss later. With occurrence of big bang… all pure souls’ atmans in cosmos scattered all over cosmos at unimaginable speeds! In the melee, the pure souls’ atmans gathered impurities similar as a rolling ball gathers moss. To cleanse self of dross impurities within started cosmic life cycle of every soul atman! It is through chain of 8.4 million manifestations a soul atman finally reached cosmic end of life, when human beings gained enlightenment (kaivalya jnana)… became knower of all forever! An enlightened one becomes a Tattva jnani… a Jina, a bodhi… a Mahavira!
After knowing God Almighty in all its glory… there was nothing further to be known in entire cosmos! Lord Krishna explicitly says to Arjuna… one who becomes knower of all, liberates self from cycle of birth and death forever! Such a liberated one finally reaches kingdom of God (Vaikuntha in Hinduism), moment an enlightened one gained salvation moksha. The path of spirituality always was one-sided! A serious seeker of spirituality hell-bent on reaching God finally makes it in ones lifetime. Swami Vivekananda… an ardent disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa travelled path of spirituality to know God. Swami Vivekananda could have easily gained enlightenment in his lifetime under able preceptor ship of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa but his goal of life was different. Swami Vivekananda wanted to serve the community to its best! The goal of life for Swami Vivekananda never was gaining enlightenment in present life.
In the last about 150 years amongst 7 billion people existing world over… only two spiritual stalwarts Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana finally reached God! Reaching God was not as easy as many people world over thought. Why? It was for prime reason that we were so engrossed in trivialities of life that we never had time to remember God. Dominated by bloated ego, greed for materialistic riches… most human beings pursued temporal riches that carried no meaning in life. When worldly riches could never be carried to next life… why indulge in ephemeral path of life doctored by five senses and mind! It was path of jnana yoga (path of absolute wisdom) that led to God Almighty… never path of bhakti yoga alone! To know God… we had to follow path of jnana yoga (absolute wisdom) and nishkama karma yoga all the time! Acting as a true trustee of God we finally reached God in our lifetime.
Understanding precept of trusteeship; is understanding precepts of spirituality as detailed in Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism! JRD Tata… a Karma Yogi Par excellence all his life remained a true trustee of God Almighty. Not for a single moment did JRD Tata consider the entire Tata Empire his own! A true trustee is a humble soldier of God Almighty all the time. It is through path of trusteeship human beings finally understood concept of nishkama karma yoga. Path of jnana yoga involves travelling path of self enquiry (path of Neti… not this, not this) as preached and advocated by Maharishi Ramana, a pioneer of path of self enquiry! Why not follow path undertaken by Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa or Maharishi Ramana to reach God? It is easier to duplicate a path than travelling path of spirituality, path of unknown! If Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana could successfully reach God in their lifetime… so could others!
Understanding crux of life right from stage of big bang… human beings slowly realized what God Almighty and his system was all about! As we progressed further on path of pure spirituality… the dormant lying Kundalini Shakti awakened fully. Full kundalini awakening means… opening of Sahasra Pushpa (thousand petalled Lotus) existing in our brain behind forehead. One immediately becomes an enlightened one… knower of all! Through sermon of Bhagavad Gita given by Lord Krishna… any human being world over, belonging to any religion, faith or belief can easily reach God in ones lifetime! To understand precepts contained in Bhagavad Gita… one needs reading in between the lines! Nothing in Bhagavad Gita could be understood literally. The 700 shlokas verses contained in Bhagavad Gita contained pure jnana (wisdom), understanding which reaching God becomes easier. One can easily do it… if we truly wanted to!
Commentary by: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – May 14, 2013
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