define "the Self".
The self, the essence of every living being... the only real thing
present within a human being and all other forms of life is the only subtle truth in the cosmic system. The
self never relates to the physical self of every Jiva (living
For understanding the self we need to dive deep into the cosmic system...
we need to understand the basics of every life form... how it is created and the purpose of it?
Fundamentally, the cosmic system itself would not have been required at
all if there was nothing like "the self"... our true self present within us in form of our soul the atman
within. When people ask why at all God created the cosmic system... even in Bhagavad Gita, there is silence
on this matter for... to sum up I can only say that, "we are... and so we are".
Our existence itself indicates that we are not required to know why we
are here... we come unto this World not of our own making... we just come and when it is the time for
leaving... our atman the soul within leaves the body and the body eventually decays and vanishes. Primarily,
we are not supposed to enter this particular domain of God for it is not for us to question God, why he made
I shall be able to explain how we arrive at this stage of life... the
manifest form of a human being... but not why at all God created this cosmos... we are debarred forever for
asking this question? Only a god realized soul... an enlightened one comes to know the reason why God created
this cosmos but an ordinary mortal is not supposed to... rather is not competent to decipher why God created
this cosmos? Even if I desire to explain the reason why God created the cosmos... it would not be clear to
the common masses for they would not be able to decipher the language unless they reach the stage of
emancipation... the stage of gaining enlightenment!
Talking of "the self"... I shall start from the point of the beginning of
the cosmos... the point when a new cosmos starts with a Big Bang... this seemingly loud
explosion cannot be conceived by an ordinary mortal for one single explosion results in formation of a cosmos
which comprises of many universes, every universe comprising of millions of galaxies, every Galaxy comprising
of millions of stars and amongst these stars is a small star around which rotates a planetary system we know
as our solar system.
At this stage you also need to understand why at all the cosmos starts
with a big bang. Looking at the last stage of a cosmos... the period when the dissolution of cosmos (known as
pralaya in Hinduism) starts... everything in the cosmos is just reduced to the size of half a thumb... this
aspect of the cosmic system is well defined in the Bhagavad Gita.
And what is this... the half the size of a thumb? Is it not the cluster
of all purified atmans (souls) in the entire cosmos... something we call God Almighty! At the time of the
dissolution of cosmos every atman the soul within automatically realizes god... gains enlightenment no matter
at whatever stage of life it may be... all atmans (souls) having got purified... they reduce down physically
to the size of half a thumb.
This inconceivable energy cannot sustain itself for long... it again
explodes with a big bang resulting in the creation of a new Cosmos. All atmans (souls) spread out in an
ever-expanding cosmos and in the process they are engulfed in impurities on the way. These impure Atmans (the
soul within) again need to purify themselves and results in the evolution of a life.
It is only through process of karma that any atman the soul within can
purify itself and come back to its pristine pure form. This journey of atman the soul within as per Bhagavad
Gita takes a total of 96.4 million earthly years... the total journey of 8.4 million manifestations. Starting
from the stage of an amoeba (single cell formation) the first manifestation in the series of various forms of
manifestations... evoluting further into multi-cell formation, then insect life, plant life, animal life and
finally the form of a human being!
The form of a human being is the highest manifestation in the cycle of different manifestations our atman the soul
within is required to manifest. The self within every stage of life remaining the same... the impurities keep on
decreasing as the evolution proceeds. It can be explained thus... considering the presence of one KG of pure gold
in a lump of hundred KG of gold ore... we initially need to pass this gold ore through the process of washing for
removing the surface impurities.
After the process of washing we may observe that one KG of pure gold is
now present in 95 KG of gold ore... 5% impurities having been washed away. Subsequently as we proceed to
extract one KG of pure gold from the lump of 95 KG of gold ore... we pass the stages wherein we observe one
KG of pure gold in 80 KG of gold ore (20% impurities having been done away with)... subsequently we have one
KG of pure gold in 50 KG of gold ore (50% impurities having removed). Gradually the total 99% impurities (the
dross within the lump of hundred KG of gold ore) having removed completely... we have with us one KG of pure
If we minutely observe... we shall find that one KG of pure gold was
always existed in the lump of hundred KG of gold ore... it was there in 95 KG of gold ore, also in 80 KG of
gold ore, also in 50 KG of gold ore and finally what we have is pure lump of one KG of gold... this is
nothing else but our atman the soul within which has crossed all barriers of cosmic life and regained its
original pristine pure form... this atman the soul within having purified itself has reached the end of
cosmic life... no further manifestations... for it has reached its last... the 8.4 million manifestation...
the culmination of all we know as life in totality!
This atman the soul within as a bodily form gains enlightenment and
finally salvation (moksha in Hinduism). It is never difficult yet, we have to realize that the sole purpose
of the present phase of life we are passing through is for our atman the soul within to purify itself back to
its pristine cosmic glory... it is at this stage that our atman the soul within having gained realization
(enlightenment) and finally gains moksha salvation goes to the abode of God (Vaikuntha... in
Always there to clarify your queries (send your query),
Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani" ... The Man who Realized God in 1993! Send your
A to Z of The Self explained in words everyone can easily understand and
fathom. More on what is the nature of the self can be found at : Higher Self
... Vijay Kumar - 13 June 2010.
Full text of query: Please tell me how one would define "The
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