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Self Realization Definition

Query: Is God Realisation the real goal of Human Life?

Vijay Kumar:
Let me remind you that the journey of self realization is not a piece of cake one can choose from a variety of spreads. We do not have a choice... the path is totally unknown... whom we call our near and dear ones are left alone... you become a lone stranger in your spiritual pursuit of life. On the journey you may not find even one soul proceeding on the path. It is only one or two persons at the most in billions who proceed on the path of self realization and that too in a period of about hundred years or so.

In the last 150 years only Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana realized God. They wanted to do it within their lifetime and were successful. Swami Vivekananda... the revered disciple of Ramakrishna Paramhansa never pursued self realization as the goal of his life... he in fact desired the well being of the poor and the downtrodden. He spent his life doing that. It is not that he did not relish the path undertaken by his Spiritual master Ramakrishna Paramhansa... but he knew that he had to have a different goal in his life.

In the initial stages of his spiritual pursuits when he came across Ramakrishna Paramhansa... Swami Vivekananda desired having a darshan of God, and Almighty Creator. He was not prepared for anything else other than having a direct darshan of God Almighty before pursuing any form of spiritual practice. Ramakrishna Paramhansa tried hard that it was a difficult wish but as Swami Vivekananda had a bulldog determination... Ramakrishna Paramhansa ultimately succumbed to his wishes. He laid his leg on the shoulders of Swami Vivekananda. The moment this happened Swami Vivekananda was in a state of deep shock. He did not know what was happening but he desired at all costs to remain in the same stage of illusion.

What had ultimately happened was that by Ramakrishna Paramhansa keeping his leg on Swami Vivekananda's shoulder made him reach the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi for a given moment of time? Swami Vivekananda experienced the best moments of his life... he was face-to-face with God Almighty. The moment Ramakrishna Paramhansa removed his leg he was so disturbed that he ultimately made Ramakrishna Paramhansa keep the leg again on his shoulders. For quite some time Swami Vivekananda enjoyed this state of absolute bliss.

It was then and there that Swami Vivekananda decided that his journey of search for a Spiritual master was complete. He promised Ramakrishna Paramhansa that he would remain his most favored pupil forever. Ramakrishna Paramhansa who had divinity within him also realized that whatever Swami Vivekananda was stating was truth and accepted him as his favored pupil. Ramakrishna Paramhansa was right for Swami Vivekananda never backtracked on his assurances.

Wanting to proceed on the path of self realization is something like a child while strolling in the market along with his parents desires for anything he sets his eyes on. In the case of Spirituality... desires and wants do not play much part. We need to firmly decide the goal of life. Only then one can vigorously proceed on the path of pure Spirituality as an earnest seeker. Wanting to reach the stage of self realization is like becoming a Buddha in ones lifetime... not a simple task indeed.

In present times it is said by many that it is extremely difficult to follow the path advocated by Mahatma Gandhi... what to say of becoming a Swami Vivekananda in this life. And to reach the status of Ramakrishna Paramhansa or Maharishi Ramana or a Buddha is beyond thinking. Those of us whom ever feel it this way are absolutely correct. For it is not within the will of an ordinary mortal to become a Buddha in his lifetime and especially in the present Kali Yuga the metal age.

In Kali Yuga (the present metal age) everyone is inclined towards materialistic goals in life. All desire fulfillment of their wanton desires. None wants to pursue Spirituality as the goal of their life. All of us know our limitations! Why hope for a goal we never shall be able to achieve in present lifetime. Your desire to take care of your parents is a materialistic desire. In the field of Spirituality and particularly on the path to self realization you shall have to abandon your family members at a certain stage in life. One cannot do without it... it is a must for sooner we near the Nirvikalpa Samadhi stage... we do not distinguish between different human beings.

All become one for us. Everyone... every living being is like children of God for us. Even animals and insects are prone to harm by us. We even take care of the plant life for we have realized that we had ourselves lived that stage long back. Every atman the soul within while starting on cosmic journey initially manifests the form of an amoeba (single cell formation). This is the first manifestation... the first body taken by an atman the soul within. Subsequently we evolute into a multi-cell formation, then as insects, plants, animals and finally the stage of a human being. This total journey takes a total of 8.4 million manifestations... not a small journey by any measure!

This journey of 8.4 million manifestations normally requires 96.4 million earthly years. We reach the stage of a human being after having lived 7.3 million lives starting from an amoeba up to the stage of animal life. Thereafter even as a human being there are 1.1 million types of manifestations which one is required to undergo. Yet, as a human being we can always curtail cosmic journey and realize God within any life we desire. We may be passing through the stage of 7.4 millionth manifestation yet it is possible to curtail the journey and realize God.

It is as if we do not take the staircase up to the top of the building containing 8.4 million stairs... having crossed the barrier of animal life... every Human being can take the shortcut and catch the lift straight up to the top. This requires very severe austerities and penances to be performed. If we desire to cut short the journey of one million lives that would approximately mean 11 million earthly years then we require to act as Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana did. In whatever stage of manifestation Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana may have been... they cut short the journey and took the lift of their spiritual life straight up and realized God within their lifetime.

In whatever stage of manifestation as a human being we may be... we can always cut short the journey by following the path of jnana yoga. The path of jnana yoga entails practicing Neti (not this, not this) as practiced and advocated by Maharishi Ramana. While practicing Neti and establishing control over the five senses and the mind... we ultimately reach the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi. The Shavasana pose in yoga plays a very important role while pursuing self realization as a goal of life. Moments before we reach the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi we are also required to establish a permanent control on our sexual endeavors and we need to practice becoming a perfect celibate for a minimum period of 12 years in continuation.

It is only then our kundalini shall get awakened... the sooner the full awakening of Kundalini occurs and the sahastra puspa in our brain opens up fully... we realize God that very moment. And the moment we realize God... the complete wisdom contained in the cosmos becomes available to us on a permanent basis. We may have never read Bhagavad Gita or the various Upanishads yet, whatever is contained in Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads becomes like ABCD to us. It is as if we had written the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads in our earlier manifestations of life. It is a feeling beyond ecstasy... it is the stage of pure bliss... it is this stage when we come across God face-to-face on a permanent basis.

Now onwards we can have a communion with God every moment of our life... it is not like that we have a darshan of God for a few moments and then everything is back to normal as happens with most human beings on Mother Earth. Everyone experiences the power of God every now and then but this experience of power is very intermittent and for very short periods of time. Only after reaching the stage of self realization that one can communicate with God every second of his life. It is a feeling that can never be expressed in words for we have transgressed the domain of senses and the mind.

Having realized God one becomes a pure Atman soul... all dross having removed... our atman the soul within gains back its pristine glorious form. It is like reaching the Mount Everest of the spiritual life. Edmund Hillary was right when he stated, "the moment he reached the top of the Mount Everest he was the saddest person for there was nowhere else to go further. He had climbed the highest mountain peak on Mother Earth... he had reached the pinnacle of his career".

Having realized God one retains the body so that one can disseminate the wisdom contained in the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads to the masses. This is the one and only reason why god realized souls continue living after having realized God. Having reached the 8.4 millionth manifestation... the cosmic life itself has come to an end. There is no further manifestation for our atman the soul within... from this stage we can but attain salvation (moksha in Hinduism) and finally reach Vaikuntha (the abode of God... known as the kingdom of God in Christianity).

I have enumerated the advantages and the pitfalls one shall face while proceeding on the path of self realization. It is up to you to decide whether you want to pursue this goal of life or not. In the present scientific age it is also not necessary that we need to go to the jungles (deep dense forests) searching for a forlorn place wherein we could meditate in silence. In the present Kali Yuga one can definitely achieve god realization even while living the life of a Grihastha (Family man). It was only in the earlier years when science was not that developed that people ventured into unaccustomed areas searching for a place of solitude.

During those days... it was really difficult for one to have practiced Spirituality even while living in the family. As science had not yet developed much... everyone was required to work hard physically. In the Spiritual domain we are required to think and work more and more mentally than physical. It was just not possible to maintain a balance between the two during those days. However best we may have desired to pursue the Spiritual goal of life... we always needed the presence of a Spiritual master and in those days... true Spiritual masters resided in forlorn and places of solitude.

Nowadays we have everything compiled in form of books. It is only up to us how we can gather the pearls of wisdom contained therein. We may or may not get a Spiritual master these days yet, one can always realize God taking God Almighty himself as the Spiritual master. This is possible as happened in the case of Eklavya... one who desired to learn archery from the best master available in those times Guru Dronacharya. As Eklavya belonged to a lower caste... guru Dronacharya who desired Arjuna to excel in archery bluntly refused Eklavya to accept him as his pupil.

After having failed all attempts, Eklavya did not become disheartened. He made a clay replica of Guru Dronacharya and practiced archery. He became the best archer of his time even excelling Arjuna. The moment guru Dronacharya learnt of this he asked Eklavya for guru Dakshina (guru Dakshina is the obeisance paid by a pupil to his master for the teachings imparted for in those times there was nothing like fees which a pupil was required to pay to his master regularly... in the guru Shishya parampara... the student is required to pay guru Dakshina at the end of the studies... never before).

In the case of Eklavya as the teachings were never imparted by guru Dronacharya yet he asked for guru Dakshina as Eklavya had made a clay replica of his and had become the best archer of his time. And in form of guru Dakshina, guru Dronacharya desired Eklavya to cut his right thumb and present it to his master! Guru Dronacharya knew very well that without a thumb one could not practice archery any further. What a shame for a Guru like guru Dronacharya who never wanted anyone to get ahead of Arjuna, his best pupil in the field of archery and hence the wrong desire.

Guru Dronacharya ultimately suffered for his folly in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. To compensate for his folly guru Dronacharya had to lay his life in the battlefield owing to a small illusion created by Lord Krishna. When an elephant by the name of ashwathama died in the battlefield and knowing well that Yudhistra spoke truth and only truth all the time... guru Dronacharya enquired of Yudhistra who had died... Yudhistra shouted, "Elephant (in a very low voice) ashwathama had died". On hearing this that "ashwathama his dear son had died" Guru Dronacharya left his mortal frame there and then.

Our complete life is governed by the Karma we perform. We reap what we sow... nothing more or less! Whatever be our Karma in present life... we shall always face the fruits of our Karma in the present or the future lives. If we desire to gain Punya... we definitely need to practice Punya Karma. Practicing sinful acts we cannot absolve our selves from gaining papa Karma that shall ultimately lead us to the domains of hell (Naraka in Hinduism).

Desire of being able to look back into your past lives... is the silliest thing any Human being can ever expect in this life. If you would come to know that your mother in present life killed you in one of your past lives then what would be the result in present life. Furthermore, if you come to know that your best friend in present life was the reason that your life was cut short in the immediate previous life then what would be your reaction? Would you not try to avenge the wrong doings of past lives? Would you be able to still trust your mother or your friend?

If I desire to travel to Bombay from New Delhi (travel from the stage of an amoeba up to the stage of 8.4 millionth manifestation)... and having reached the destination is there a plausible reason why we require looking back in life. Having realized God why would anyone want to go back into the past life even if there was a plausible reason. If God has desired people could travel back in time then it would have been a reality. It was not so. God never desired one to pursue the past... come whatever may we can never travel into the past nor can change the past. Whatever has happened is history and should be forgotten forever. Yet, we have the power to mould our Karma in present life in a fashion that we can always penance for the wrong deeds done in the past.

If we have wronged someone in the past and we are yet to face the fruits of our actions of the past life... then we can always absolve our selves by practicing austere measures and nullifying the effect of the papa Karma of past lives. The sum total of all the residual Karma of past lives of which we have yet to reap the fruits... is known as prarabdha Karma in Hinduism. And this prarabdha Karma can either be positive or negative in nature depending on the Karma of our past lives.

If the balance of prarabdha Karma is positive in nature and we have to reap the positive fruits of life in present life then it is possible that we might be lucky and are rewarded with a jackpot... in an instant we can become from an ordinary mortal to a famous person... one who is materialistically full of riches. Alternatively, if we have the balance prarabdha Karma of a negative nature then it is just possible that we may die an untimely death or face some other calamity which is just beyond our control. There are mantras to get out of the clutches of the negative prarabdha Karma... In other words we can nullify the negative effect of the bad Karma of past lives... it is only a few years from now that I shall be detailing these mantras in form of e-books I shall be publishing as time passes by and the society becomes more receptive to such Spiritual wisdom.

In a nutshell you are the best judge of your own destiny... form a goal of life which is not out of any compulsion or binding. Spend some time before you arrive at a decision. Consult your inner self... your atman the soul within... the sweet small inner voice of our Atman soul which seems to come from within us and always guides us on the right path. Also consult your seniors in whom you can place your trust. Even juniors can sometimes become guide of our lives. Once a firm decision has been taken... the journey of life is already half complete.

Thereafter if you decide to pursue self realization as the Spiritual goal of your life... practice Neti, and adopting the Shavasana pose... meditate on the Almighty God, the Creator of the cosmos. Practice absolute celibacy for a continuous minimum period of 12 years. Establish absolute control over the five senses and the mind... and it is not far from now that you shall realize God within this life.

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Essay by: Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani" ... The Man who Realized God in 1993!

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Full text of query: It is very pleasant and thrilling to know somebody who has realised God and even more so to know that he is ready to clarify my doubts. Please forgive me if anything in this letter is inappropriate. For some time, I am also feeling that God Realisation is the real goal of Human life. And I want to do it in the present life. I don't know exactly why but I feel that for doing that I must must go to a place in solitude without any disturbance and meditate until the goal is achieved.

But honestly speaking there is still a sort of fear or concern for my parents, society fear of failure etc. I am sure you must be now aware of all your past lives. Can I be reminded of my past lives so that I appreciate all the effort that I have already made to come upto this stage even, and now I must end this journey? What do you think is the shortest and best possible way to realise God? And finally, what do you think of me?

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