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Stage of Self Realization

Query: Is it possible to know the very first Human Being to reach Self-Realization?

Vijay Kumar:
Hinduism is the oldest religion existing on mother Earth. During the time of Vedas numerous sages and saints reached the stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) which is also termed self realization... realizing our inner self... the abstract truth of our real self... our soul Atman... the spirit within!

Devoid of all dross impurities within... the moment our soul Atman regains its lost original pure prime pristine primordial form... in spiritual parlance it is termed as reaching stage of enlightenment... kaivalya jnana... self realization! The need for karma ceasing to exist forever... the liberated soul Atman need not manifest a new body any further!

As long as there is a trace of dross impurities within our soul Atman... it keeps manifesting karma... manifesting a chain of bodies one after another! By curtailing residual balance of karma... by dissolving karma forever... human beings finally reached stage of enlightenment... kaivalya jnana... self realization!

Contrary to whatever is stated in Hinduism... as per doctrines of Jainism before advent of Mahavira... the 24 Tirthankara of Jainism (preceptor) came 23 Tirthankara (preceptors)! Tirthankara means becoming an enlightened one! As per Jainism the first human being who reached the stage of enlightenment... self realization was the first Tirthankara... Bhagwan Adinath!

Jainism also believes in the fact that first Tirthankara Adinath... an enlightened one was Lord Shiva... the most powerful attribute of God Almighty! This simply cannot be. There has never been one by the name of Lord Shiva in the history of mankind. Lord Shiva is simply an attribute of God Almighty... none by the name of Lord Shiva ever manifested the human form!

The prime teachings of Hinduism are expressed through the doctrine of Bhagavad-Gita given to mankind by Lord Krishna in the battle of Mahabharata! But before advent of Lord Krishna on Mother Earth... 21 Tirthankara of Jainism had already taken birth followed with enlightenment at the end of journey! Lord Krishna was a cousin of 22 Tirthankara of Jainism... Bhagwan Neminath.

Jainism is primarily recognized by the 24 Tirthankara... namely Bhagwan Mahavira! Why? From first to 23 Tirthankara... the wisdom of sacred Scriptures remained limited to individual selves! None world over was competent enough to assimilate the teachings of the initial 23 Tirthankara... the prime reason why teachings of Mahavira represent Jainism!

It was during the times of Bhagwan Mahavira... the 24 Tirthankara of Jainism... the wisdom of sacred Scriptures percolated to the masses! As per the doctrine of Hinduism any human being can reach the stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and then take salvation (moksha) to end the journey of life forever.

Mahavira also reached the stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) at the ripe page of 42! He could have left his mortal frame then and there but he wished otherwise! He wanted to give back to community... the masses whatever he gained on spiritual path... the uncharted path of spirituality! Mahavira spread teachings of Jainism to masses for full 30 years.

When Mahavira reached age of 72... He left his mortal frame... gained salvation (moksha) at the end of cosmic journey! As per Jainism doctrine the first Tirthankara Adinath was the first human being to reach the stage of self realization... enlightenment... kaivalya jnana! But as per the doctrines of Hinduism may be hundreds or even thousands gained enlightenment during Vedic period.

Only when a human being imparts to community wisdom gained on spiritual path... one gets recognition! Sage Jnanavalakya... an accomplished sage of his era was a Brahma jnani... an enlightened one of his times! Sage Jnanavalakya existed during the times of Sita, wife of maryada Purushottam Rama and daughter of King Janaka.

Both Sage Jnanavalakya and King Janaka gained enlightenment in their lifetime! It so happened that the second wife of Sage Jnanavalakya... Maitreyi also became a Brahma jnani... something difficult... extremely difficult for ladies to gain! In the history of mankind numerous men reached the stage of enlightenment... self realization!

But only two ladies till date became Brahma jnani... gained enlightenment... self realization! One was the famous philosopher lady Sage Gargi and the other Maitreyi (the second dutiful wife) of Sage Jnanavalakya... the compiler and composer of Brihadaranakya Upanishad... the most voluminous Upanishad (independent treatise) of Hinduism!

Who was the first... or who comes last is absolutely immaterial on the spiritual path! What is of importance is becoming a Brahma jnani... an enlightened one in one's lifetime! God Almighty ordained a journey of 12.4 million earthly years in human form to reach the stage of enlightenment... self realization!

This journey of 12.4 million earthly years is expected to be completed in 1.1 million manifestations in human form... a long cycle of life! To reach stage of self realization... enlightenment in a limited lifetime of 70 to 80 years is really difficult yet, not impossible! By practicing absolute celibacy for a minimum period of 12 years in continuation human beings can awaken their kundalini shakti fully that finally leads one in becoming an enlightened one... a Brahma jnani!

In Hinduism we have a total of 330 million gods... yet none of these attributes of God ever existed! There has never been one like Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu or Lord Shiva in the history of mankind! All the three Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva (also known as Mahesh) forms the Hindu Trinity of gods!

To worship God as a single entity was extremely difficult for a commoner... the masses! The sages and saints of yester era developed different entities of God Almighty... different attributes of God Almighty so that it becomes easier for mankind to worship and pray to God! Lord Krishna was the first avatar (God manifest in human form) who advent on mother Earth!

Whenever an ordinary mortal accomplishes feats considered impossible for human beings... one is either termed a Bhagwan or an avatar! Lord Krishna was an avatar of his era! Both Mahavira and Gautama Buddha are termed Bhagwan and so are Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana! Man gods can be many... but avatars are limited and distinct. Why?

In the history of mankind till date we have only had one avatar... Lord Krishna! In present times... in the present Kali Yuga... the metal age... the Dark Age people await coming of Bhagavan Kalki... a Messiah... an avatar of present era... one who shall uphold Dharma (righteousness) against the evil forces of Adharma (lawlessness)!

Whenever a mortal human being becomes an enlightened one... humanity terms one a God... an enlightened one... a Brahma jnani... a Bhagwan! All man gods are distinct from God Almighty... the ultimate creator of cosmos... the one and only one! God Almighty in Hinduism is also termed Parmatman, Karta, Creator, Bhagwan, Prabhu, Sanatana Purusha and Brahman!

The ultimate meaning of life... purpose of life for human beings is reaching cosmic end of life... the 8.4 millionth manifestation when human beings gained enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally salvation (moksha)! Reaching stage of salvation (moksha) announces end of cosmic journey for soul Atman... the spirit within!

In its lifetime of 8.4 million manifestations... an earthly life cycle of 96.4 million earthly years... every soul Atman... the spirit within starts its cosmic journey by manifesting form of an amoeba (single cell formation)... the first manifestation in cosmic life cycle. It further evolves into multi-cell formation... then insect life, plant life, animal life and finally forms of human beings!

Before manifesting human form our soul Atman has already manifested 7.3 million manifestations in insect, plant and animal form! Travel in human form is the most pleasant experience for our soul Atman! It is only in human form our soul Atman finally liberates self from cycle of birth and death forever... reaches the 8.4 millionth manifestation!

The crux of life as per all sacred Scriptures is reaching end of cosmic life... the 8.4 millionth manifestation! In the last about 150 years amongst 7 billion people existing world over... only two persons reached stage of self realization... enlightenment! Both Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana started their spiritual sojourn via path of bhakti yoga butt finally switched to path of jnana yoga... path of absolute wisdom!

By assimilating wisdom contained in Bhagavad-Gita of Hinduism... any human being can reach the stage of self realization! One may belong to any religion... belief or faith... still, any human being world over can gain wisdom contained in sacred Bhagavad-Gita of Hinduism! For learning the wisdom contained in Bhagavad-Gita one need not convert to Hinduism.

The teachings of Bhagavad-Gita have universal appeal! The original gist of Bhagavad-Gita... the abstract original doctrine of Lord Krishna is available for mere $.60 (rupees 30/=) at most railway stations of India yet, how many people assimilate wisdom contained in Bhagavad-Gita... reach the stage of self realization... enlightenment!

The crux of life lay not in trying to understand Bhagavad-Gita literally! The contents of Bhagavad-Gita can never be understood literally... it needs reading in between the lines! The 700 shlokas verses contained in Bhagavad-Gita form core of life. Right from stage of big bang when God Almighty exploded self... to stage of dissolution of cosmos (termed Pralaya in Hinduism)... all is explained in Bhagavad-Gita in explicit detail!

God bless those who decide to travel spiritual path in present life time! Who knows what we shall be in next manifestation... why not travel the spiritual path now!

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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: Is it possible to know who the very first human being was to awaken to... reach
Self-Realization? (Not Avatars or Gods, which human?)

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