इहैव तैर्जितः सर्गो येषां साम्ये स्थितं मनः ।
निर्दोषं हि समं ब्रह्म तस्माद्ब्रह्मणि ते स्थिताः ॥५-१९॥
One who after controlling five senses and mind established self in oneness of mankind, such a one truly liberates self from cycle of birth and death forever… reaches stage of Mukti! An enlightened one devoid of dross impurities within finally reached God Almighty in present life. Stage of Mukti in Hinduism announced our soul atman, the spirit within gaining absolute purity forever! One free from bondages of earthly manifest life lived life of recluse, a Jnani!
The stage of enlightenment can only be reached when one negated karma to zero forever! This is the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi (stage of absolute nothingness)… when one could have a communion with God Almighty on one-to-one basis and that too permanently! One established in God Almighty all the time could never distinguish one from another. For an enlightened one… all forms of life including human beings meant the same!
The definition of God Almighty as per Lord Krishna was, sum total of all souls atmans in cosmos in their pure form at a given moment of time! This simply means, at any given moment of time… the unmanifest God Almighty was devoid of dross impurities! When human beings… when our soul atman, the spirit within reached stage of zero dross impurities within… one is said to have reached God Almighty forever! That was how spirituality viewed mankind.
In Bhagavad Gita chapter 5 verse 19 Lord Krishna simply states: A knower of God Almighty (termed Brahman in Hinduism) firmly saw God in all. Devoid of all dross impurities within… when our soul atman, the spirit within reached stage of absolute purity… one could never distinguish one form of life from another! Realizing that within each living being existed God Almighty in miniscule form as our soul atman, the spirit within… one developed a feeling of equipoise towards one and all! All were truly sons and daughters of God.
Maintaining equanimity at every stage of life… the enlightened one always saw the spirit behind every living form! When control of life lay in hands of our soul atman, the spirit within… amassing physical wealth prompted by a bloated ego carried no meaning in spiritual world. For an enlightened one… it was total submission to God Almighty that led one to stage of Mukti (liberation) forever. The liberated soul atman need not indulge in routine affairs of life as before. Even though an enlightened one maintained the body… but it was only for welfare of mankind, never self vested interests!
After reaching stage of enlightenment, the enlightened one could leave mortal frame immediately to reach stage of salvation moksha or continue manifesting physical body to disseminate pearls of wisdom learnt on spiritual path. Mahavira, 24th Tirthankara of Jainism (preceptor) followed the second path. He gained enlightenment (stage of kaivalya jnana) at the young age of 42. For full 30 years he indulged in deshna (spiritual discourses)… to disseminate spiritual wisdom to entire mankind! Mahavira left his mortal frame at 72 years of age! From age 42 to 72… Earthly relationships carried no meaning for Mahavira… a Jina, a bodhi!
One who had won his true inner self, one who reached his true inner self finally becomes one with God Almighty forever! As detailed in Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says, those who identified physical manifest body with a soul atman, the spirit within never reached God in their lifetime! Such human beings always worshipped God in Sakaar form (having a form) even though God Almighty always was Nirakaar in form (having no form). One who realized God also realized that everything in cosmic system was spirit (consciousness within). Other than God Almighty… world of spirits nothing else existed in cosmos!
If we are to ever reach God in present life… we had to establish absolute control over ego (Aham in Hinduism). It is our ego (Aham) that blocked human beings from reaching God. Those who had capacity to overpower their ego finally submitted self in totality to God Almighty. Such human beings indulging in nishkama karma yoga all the time finally reached God in their lifetime! In the present Kali Yuga, Dark Age… metal age establishing total control over ego (Aham in Hinduism) seemed very difficult… prime reason why human beings preferred travelling path of religion (path of rituals) than path of spirituality that they found difficult!
As there were no shortcuts to God Almighty… our establishing control over ego (Aham) was an absolute must. Only then one could negate karma to zero to reach God. God Almighty always was the sum total of all souls atmans in cosmos in their pure state. This enormous magnanimous primordial cosmic power (beyond comprehension of most human beings) was that singularity, explosion of which resulted in big bang in the beginning of cosmos! Souls’ atmans at the time of big bang were totally pure. With occurrence of big bang… during their cosmic sojourn all souls atmans gathered impurities, similar as a rolling ball gathers moss.
To cleanse self of dross impurities within… every soul atman started manifesting chain of bodies’ moment life supporting planets like mother earth evolved in cosmic system. Everything in cosmic system was ordered to the minutest detail. Nothing happened all of a sudden. By travelling path of karma yoga, path of jnana yoga… serious seekers of spirituality slowly but firmly realized that to reach God in present life one had to travel path of spirituality, path of souls atmans… never path of religion (path of rituals), that never led to God Almighty!
It is during their spiritual sojourn one realizes that the cosmic essence behind every living form was the same! Every single living form had a soul atman, the consciousness within! When essence of life behind every living form was the same… one immediately realized oneness of cosmic system! As long as one associated physical manifest form with God Almighty, with the world of souls’ atmans… one failed to travel spiritual path sincerely and diligently! Everything in cosmic system was made up of basic building block of cosmos… clusters of atoms and molecules! By establishing absolute control over five senses and mind one finally crosses all barriers of physical mundane life.
Devoid of all dross impurities within… a soul atman finally regains its lost original pure prime pristine primordial form forever! In essence, in a nutshell one keen to reach God in present life must learn to dissociate God Almighty with physical manifest body! This became possible by travelling path of nishkama karma yoga, when human beings truly acted as a trustee… offering fruits of karma performed to God Almighty all the time! Advaita Vedanta theory put forward by Adi Shankaracharya says… God Almighty was the only truth of life in entire cosmos! Why dispute those who had already gained enlightenment in their lifetime? By duplicating path undertaken by Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa or Maharishi Ramana… one can easily reach God in present life! That was how God Almighty ordained the cosmic sojourn for all living beings!
Commentary by: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – April 28, 2013
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