The concept of soul atman as detailed in Bhagavad Gita is central to Hinduism. Unless we believed in existence of souls atmans… we could never understand teachings of Bhagavad Gita. Believing in existence of souls’ atmans is believing in concept of rebirth, reincarnation as detailed in Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism.
Bhagavad Gita simply says… entire journey of life belonged to our soul atman and never the manifest physical form of human beings. As per Bhagavad Gita form of human beings was but a temporary sojourn for souls atmans to reach cosmic end of life… 8.4 millionth manifestation when souls’ atmans finally became free from bondage of life and death forever.
Having liberated forever… need for a purified soul atman to manifest another life form now ceased to exist. Until last trace of karma exists in souls atmans… until complete dross impurities within souls atmans gets removed… it keeps manifesting life forms one after another. This cosmic journey of souls’ atmans finally comes to an end when human beings gained enlightenment!
Human being on mother earth reaching stage of enlightenment was no small achievement. It was mandated by God Almighty. As per Bhagavad Gita every single human being on mother earth has to undertake spiritual journey to reach stage of enlightenment (also termed kaivalya jnana in Hinduism). Whether we do it now or leave it for future manifestations is our prerogative!
From first manifestation to last… effort of every soul atman always remained liberation from cycle of birth and death forever at the earliest. This cosmic goal of life for every soul atman fructified when human beings reached stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana). The maximum human life can evolve is reaching stage of enlightenment… also termed self realization… God realization!
The evolution of human beings finally ends with one reaching stage of enlightenment forever. In spiritual terminology it could be termed as human beings gaining immortality forever. Human form is the highest manifest stage in cosmic life cycle of every soul atman. It is only in human form every soul atman finally reached cosmic end of life. Out of a maximum of 8.4 million manifestations on the whole… the last 1.1 million manifestations occurred in human form.
Unless one understood teachings of Bhagavad Gita… one could never understand the underlying relationship between lower forms of life… human form… our soul atman, the spirit within and God Almighty! It is Bhagavad Gita and only Bhagavad Gita that explained to us everything relating to souls atmans and human life.
Trying to assimilate teachings contained in Bhagavad Gita meant human beings wanting to gain enlightenment and finally reaching stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi (stage of absolute nothingness)… when not a single thought entered our brain uninvoked! Enlightenment and immortality were interrelated. One could not become immortal bodily until one reached stage of enlightenment. Immortality… enlightenment simply meant our soul atman gaining absolute purity forever!
When cycle of life ceased forever… it was stated as human beings gaining immortality forever.
If souls’ atmans were the only truth of life… then who are human beings? We are primarily a soul atman on its cosmic life cycle of 8.4 million manifestations. To remove dross impurities within us manifested different life forms one after another until we manifested human form. It was only in human form we as a soul atman finally succeeded in regaining our lost pure prime pristine primordial form when human beings finally gained enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) forever.
Gaining enlightenment is the ultimate crux of life for all human beings on mother earth. If Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism said so… none could dispute it… no matter what!