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Videha Nirvikalpa Samadhi Definition Meaning

Query: Does Videha Shetra has anything to do with the form of a Lotus Flower in the center of the castle of Brahman... the Dwelling Place for our atman the soul within the Heart within every body?


Vijay Kumar:
What a wonderful subject you have raked?

Everything in the domain of Atman (the self within) is so closely related that once the concept is clear... one can experience the bliss of life!

Whenever quoting a paragraph from any of the Upanishads... always mention the number of the shloka... for e.g. II/6 or II.6. (Do not forget to send the shloka number referred in your query)

You have referred the following "Chandogya Upanishad Excerpt"-
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In the center of the castle of Brahman, our own body, There is a small shrine in form of a lotus flower and within can be found a small space.

We should find who dwells there and we should want to know him. And if anyone asks, "Who is he who lives in a small shrine in form of a lotus flower in the center of the castle of Brahman?"

We can answer: "The little space within the heart is as great as the universe. The heaven and the earth are there; the Sun, the moon, the stars; fire and lightening and winds ... For the whole universe is in Him and He dwells within our hearts."
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It is very well understood that our body is the temple of God. As always found in a Hindu temple... inside the temple premises there is a pedestal on which is placed the idol of a God... a statue of God! What does this really signify? Our body... the home of God? How can it be??? For there is only one God and if every Human being says that his body is the temple of the real God, do we mean there are more than one God or is it that one God is available in all the bodies...

In Hinduism, the word Brahman denotes the Creator... rather it stands for, God... the omnipotent one, the one and only Karta, Parmatman or Ishwar whatever we may call him. This Brahman at the time of big bang (the creation of a new Cosmos) explodes and all atmans (souls) get scattered all over the Cosmos. And the collective power of all these purified atmans (souls) in whole cosmos is what we call God Almighty... the Brahman himself.

These individual Atmans now require manifesting a body so that they can cleanse themselves. Similarly as we are required to separate 99% impurities from a lump of hundred KG of gold ore to get one KG of pure gold. The manifested form of atman the soul within... the body itself contains in itself the seat of God... the lotus flower located in the heart of every being. And on this lotus flower resides our real self, our atman the soul within.

As long as the soul lives within the body... the being is alive... the moment our atman the soul within leaves the body... the body decays and dies. The presence of the lotus flower inside the bubbling heart is a necessity for any body to live... and this inner self is known as our atman the soul within which is nothing else but God Almighty in its miniscule form for the definition of God Almighty is but a sum collection of all purified atmans (souls) in the cosmos at any given period of time.

our atman the soul within... the miniscule form of God Almighty contains within itself a mini Cosmos which is it true replica of the mighty cosmos as we know it. The body of a human being contains everything that is required to be known in the cosmos... the seat of Atman being within the heart. The moment heart stops beating... all is over for the body.

If we need to tread that unbeaten path of Spirituality which only a very few amongst billions are able to tread... we need to learn what ever is contained in Bhagavad Gita. Everything knowable in the cosmos is contained in Bhagavad Gita... the moment the inner meaning of the Bhagavad Gita becomes clear to one... one realizes God... gains enlightenment and finally salvation moksha.

And what does this mean? It simply implies that our atman the soul within has finally reached the last leg of its cosmic journey... it has reached 8.4 millionth manifestation... the cycle of birth and death having completed... these purified Atman comes back to its pristine glory.

We may study any Upanishad or sacred Scripture... still, everything required of a serious spiritual seeker is contained in Bhagavad Gita... if we need to understand the complete cosmic system in totality we need to understand the inner meaning contained in the 700 shlokas of Bhagavad Gita. Lord Krishna preached the doctrine of Bhagavad Gita to King Arjuna in the battlefield of Mahabharata... the famous historical battle fought between Pandavas and Kauravas in the fields of Kurukshetra (a region presently existing in the state of Haryana, India).

Having understood Bhagavad Gita in its entirety... we do not need to read or understand any further Scripture belonging to any religion caste or creed. By understanding the crux of Bhagavad Gita... we travel right from the stage of big bang (the start of the cosmos) up to the stage of dissolution of cosmos (pralaya in Hinduism).


We also need to understand here that at the time of dissolution of cosmos... the whole cosmos... the unimaginable cosmos spread far and wide is reduced to the size of half a thumb. This half a thumb is what we call God Almighty. Does it mean that all atmans (souls) having purified themselves combine together to form the size of half a thumb... yes, it is so!

This mighty energy unable to contain itself again explodes with a big bang and is created a new Cosmos.

Further, having understood Bhagavad Gita we also able to understand the underlying meaning of the various Spiritual terms like heaven (swarga in Hinduism), hell (Naraka in Hinduism), Videha Shetra (the region one reaches having transgressed the bodily life), the meaning of Karma, Dharma, and most important of all why so many religions exist at all?

The seat of God Almighty is not fixed in whole cosmos... as all atmans (souls) in the cosmos are spread throughout the cosmos... the power of God exists in every corner of the cosmos. And we can happily say that God is everywhere.

To understand the inner crux of Bhagavad Gita... we need to follow the path of Neti (not this, not this) and meditating on our Atman (the soul within... the real self within us) while in the state of Shavasana... We are required to reach the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi and simultaneously practicing absolute celibacy for a minimum continuous period of 12 years... we finally reach stage of enlightenment!

Videha Shetra is the stage in the life of a serious spiritual seeker when one having gained control of all the five senses and the mind crosses over to the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi. The sooner one reaches the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi... it is the stage of pure bliss for the presence of the body cannot be felt... and one merges with the inner self. This purified Atman soul has reached the stage of Videha Shetra... and what is left further is achieving the stage of salvation moksha... the end of the cosmic life cycle for atman the soul within.

Any further clarification desired is welcome.

Always there to clarify your queries (send your query),

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

A to Z of Videha explained in words everyone can easily understand and fathom. More on nirvikalpa samadhi can be found at Spiritual Enlightenment ... Vijay Kumar - 13 June 2010.

 Full text of query: Namaskara, Thank you for your reply, does the Videha Shetra has anything to do with this reference in the Chandogya Upanishad,

Chandogya Upanishad Excerpt-
In the center of the castle of Brahman, our own body, There is a small shrine in form of a lotus flower and within can be found a small space.

We should find who dwells there and we should want to know him. And if anyone asks, "Who is he who lives in a small shrine in form of a lotus flower in the center of the castle of Brahman?"

We can answer: "The little space within the heart is as great as the universe. The heaven and the earth are there; the Sun, the moon, the stars; fire and lightening and winds ... For the whole universe is in Him and He dwells within our hearts."

The Christians also has a similar refence in the Bible regarding a narrow gate. I know it is not a place or domain for our atman to go but it is a state of bliss that one achieved. It exists in my culture an initation ceremony to point to that. After my initiation I was able to draw conclusions of the universal one god amongst the many cultures and religion, however I lack the discipline and meditation require to maintain that state. Please englighten me,


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