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What is Enlightenment

What is Enlightenment?

What do we really mean when we talk of Enlightenment? Is it not the bloom of life for a true seeker of spirituality? The life itself comes to a full circle the moment one reaches the stage of Enlightenment. Seeking Enlightenment in the present age (the metallic age aka Kali Yuga in Hinduism is more of a curiosity than the faint hope of achieving it within present lifetime.


Truly speaking even spiritual stalwarts like Swami Vivekananda, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Aurobindo Ghosh and many others in the line failed to reach the stage of Enlightenment. The reason is fair and simple... some like "Swami Vivekananda" never desired reaching stage of enlightenment in their lifetime whereas both Rabindra Nath Tagore and Aurobindo Ghosh attempted but failed in their mission. They have category stated in their literary works that they did not reach the stage of Enlightenment.

What is it while proceeding on the path of Enlightenment that is difficult to achieve? Even when it was possible for "Swami Vivekananda" to have gained Enlightenment under the guidance of his spiritual master and a god realized soul Swami Ramakrishna Paramhansa, he did not exercise the option! Why?

Enlightenment (in other words self realization) is the culmination of all we know as spirituality. There is nothing beyond having reached stage of enlightenment that is left to be achieved by a human being. Having reached the Mount Everest, Edmund Hillary became quite depressed for he realized that the goal of his life had ended. There was no further to go anywhere? The moment one comes across the final goal of his life... it is all over for life itself. Probably, life loses its meaning.

Is it not true that the essence of life is while pursuing our goal? And one who gains Enlightenment merges his identity with the larger whole... the God Almighty himself. Having lost our identity of life it becomes difficult for a human being to recognize one as a friend, a relative, a teacher and even your parents. For an enlightened person It is never difficult to maintain the relationship but while living in the society it becomes difficult to maintain the balance between the spiritual end of life one has achieved and the relationship with the physical world.

A flower having bloomed loses its meaning... it is no more related with the plant which gave it life and also everything which the bud needed to have flowered into a full-blown. The identity, the ego, the self lost its meaning the moment the bud bloomed into a beautiful flower. As long as the society, the community felt the sweet fragrance of the flower... it got recognition and the moment came the time to wither out and die... none cared! Life moves on and does not wait for anybody.

The essence of life lies in moving on and on unless one gains Enlightenment. And this Enlightenment is the stage when one is totally liberated forever from everything we call as the materialistic world. Materialism is a phenomenon of the physical world. On the contrary, Enlightenment dwells in the absolute truth of our life. It is only related to our true inner self... our soul (the true self of us). And the moment our soul "Realizes" and reaches its final potential... the need for the body vanishes.

Every enlightened soul has to abandon the body for ever... the cycle of life and birth ceases for this enlightened person. If I say that only two persons have gained Enlightenment in the last 150 years out of the 6000 million people residing on mother earth... then Swami Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana were truly blessed by God Almighty to have gained Enlightenment even when the society presently is passing through such a bad phase on the materialistic plane. Everything presently is measured in terms of materialistic achievements.

In present times a spiritually enlightened soul residing in the deep dense forests of the Himalayas would not find as much public appreciation as the likes of Bill Gates... One who shall not be able to carry the wealth one manages onto the next life but always seems to cling on until the last moment of life arrives. The false hope one maintains that money can buy one the best in life in the present and the afterlife is an absolute misnomer. We fail to remember that it is only the likes of Madame Curie who shall gain a special status in the next life for the ones like Madame Curie come once in thousand years... those who dedicate everything one could have called their own to the mankind at large. They truly live for the society until the last breath and it is for that they shall be repaid by God in the next life.

Even though Madame Curie may not have gained Enlightenment... but chances are that these thinkers and true philosophers of life would gain Enlightenment a few lives from now on. A true enlightened person lives like a true trustee believing in the fact that everything belongs to God and one is only a maintainer on his behalf. It would not be in the interest of the trustee to look forward to materialistic riches in life. Every true trustee would do whatever possible within his means to work for uplifting the society.

I again repeat that every god realized soul loses everything in the materialistic world. It simply means our true self, the real self of us who exists within us as our soul... the moment it reaches its pristine purity, the dross having completely removed... the physical body losing its meaning... and one truly gains Enlightenment
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Self Realization

Self Realization: Can it be achieved within ones life time

Before we dwell on the subject of Self Realization we need to understand the real meaning of gaining self realization.

Nowadays so many self realization centres world-wide like self realization fellowship in Seattle, self- realization Boston, Atlanta self realization and Mt. Washington Self Realization claim to offer self realization. Before one starts on the journey of self realization... the concept of self realization must become absolutely clear.

Self realization is the process by which any human being can realize his real self. And what does this real self mean? It means that our soul atman within our body which is the real self within every being (and for that matter every living being) reaches the end of its cosmic life.

No further manifestations... this soul atman liberates forever from the chain of manifestations. The dross having been completely removed... our soul atman within us becomes free forever. It shall not be required to manifest a body again.

Does this mean that the cosmic life cycle which every soul atman was required to pass through after manifesting a maximum of 8.4 million manifestations and an earthly journey of 96.4 million years has come to an end? Yes, it is so! And we can safely say that one has realized his real self.

Here we need to understand the relationship between our real self, the soul atman and the body taken by it. Unless this relationship is absolutely clear we shall never be able to understand the true meaning of self realization. The claim by many that they have realized self is arbitrary as in the last 150 years only two persons have reached the level of self realization.

Both Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana reached the stage of self realization in their lifetime. They reached the cosmic goal of their life... gained self realization before they left their mortal frame.

Self realization is not easy to achieve! Why would God Almighty make cosmic journey a long one and that too consisting of 8.4 million manifestations? It is not a simple joke. The process of self realization has to be understood in totality before one proceeds on the path of self realization within his lifetime and reaches the end.

The relationship between the soul atman within us and the body taken by it can be explained as follows-

Let us take a block of gold ore weighing about hundred kilograms. Let us presume it contains 1 kg of pure gold. Now this 1 kg of pure gold is the soul atman within us which is sandwiched between the dross (impurities) contained within the ore.

This 1 kg of pure gold cannot on its own separate out from the gold ore. It requires the requisite Machinery and the processing to separate out 1 kg of pure gold from the 99 kg of impurities contained within the ore.

Likewise every soul (Atman within the body) requires a body to work out its karma and remove the dross within. As the manifestations continue... the journey of the soul which starts with taking the body of an amoeba (single cell formation) gradually evolves into higher manifestations... the multi-cell formations.

As the soul atman proceeds on the journey of life for it to gain self realization in the end... this multi-cell formation further evolves into insect life. With passage of time and passing of millions of years... this insect life further evolves into plant life.

This plant life in the last leg of its manifestation evolves into animal life and finally takes the form of a human being. Already 7.3 million manifestations have passed before reaching the stage of a human being.

After passing through such a long journey on the path of evolution... In present life if a human being indulges in fulfilling wanton desires... it shall be made clear that such indulgences shall never lead to self realization.

Indulgences and fulfilling of wanton desires is absolutely contrary to proceeding on the path of self realization. Only after reaching the stage of human being can a soul liberate itself forever from the cycle of birth and death... and finally reach the stage of self realizationů Never before!

How lucky a human being is! It is only as human beings can one reach the stage of self realization. All the intermittent stages of heaven (Swarga) and hell (Naraka) never lead to self realization.

As clearly mentioned in the Hinduism Scriptures... even in the stage of a human being there are about 11 million types of manifestations. It is a long journey before one rarely reaches the stage of self realization.

We must really understand that self realization is not a goal of life... it is the end of the journey itself. After reaching the stage of self realization... every self realized soul has but to leave for the abode of God (Vaikuntha in Hinduism).

All man gods like Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed gained self realization in their lifetime... they cleared all the hurdles and reached the pinnacle of their cosmic life. The life for them had come full circle. Beyond self realization there is nothing left to be achieved in whole Cosmos.

Call it self realization or enlightenment... the moment one reaches this stage... there is nothing more which can be achieved further. It is after self realization when one leaves the mortal frame for ever... the process is known as having achieved salvation moksha in Hinduism.

In short simple steps I shall define how self realization can be achieved by any human being...

Before we reach the stage of self realization we need to gain absolute control over the senses and the mind. The control of senses and the mind can be established by practicing yoga in the Shavasana pose and also Neti as practiced and advocated by Maharishi Ramana.

The Shavasana pose in yoga and the process of Neti is a sure shot path to gaining self realization within ones lifetime. Slowly and steadily one reaches the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi! A stage... when one comes face to face with God Almighty.

reaching the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi... gaining self realization is not far! We also need to practice absolute celibacy for a continuous period of 12 years minimum... this is an absolute must!

Those who dare not practiced celibacy... must leave the desire for ever gaining self realization within ones lifetime. It is just not possible. Practice of celibacy and that too absolute... Is a must! It has to be practiced at all costs.

Sexual indulgences have no place in the field of self realization. We have to preserve our cosmic energies... the monthly quota given to us by God failing which the awakening of the kundalini can never occur. Sexuality and self realization are absolutely contradictory.

Whatever was practiced by Acharya Rajneesh (nee Osho) was in total contradiction to the established practice of gaining self realization. Practicing sex and Yoga is a taboo... if we ever need to reach the stage of self realization in this life... we have to stop our indulgence in sexual practices altogether.

The awakening of the kundalini carries with it the absolute guarantee of one reaching the stage of self realization. Only after the kundalini is fully awakened does one reach the stage of self realization. The full-bloom has to occur... there is no escape whatsoever!

For the awakening of the kundalini... preserving and transmuting the cosmic energies to creative uses is a must. This monthly quota of cosmic energy available to every man and woman is the grace of God available to every human being. Why criticize God?

I again repeat that practice of absolute celibacy on the path of self realization is the most difficult part one shall encounter. And unless the kundalini energy is fully awakened... one can never hope to reach the stage of self realization ever.

I started in search of God when I was 11 years of age... proceeding on the uncharted territory of spirituality was sometimes very scary. None to guide... it took me almost 25 years before I gained self realization at the age of 37.

It was the most glorious moment of my life as the life itself had come full circle... everything contained in the Cosmos... every scripture belonging to every religion was now like ABCD to me. Reaching the stage of self realization just cannot be expressed in words. Self realization has to be experienced.

reaching the stage of self realization... God has forbid me to earn money other than fulfilling my basic needs. I have maintained my body until the time I am able to disseminate those pearls of wisdom which I have gained with the grace of God on the path of self realization!

God has been graceful to me all throughout... imparting the sacred wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita to the world community through the medium of Internet is the present aim of my life.

The doctrine of the Bhagavad Gita imparted by Lord Sri Krishna to Arjuna in the battlefield of Kurukshetra contains those pearls of wisdom knowing which every human being becomes entitled to gaining self realization within ones lifetime!
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How I Realized God

The Elimination Process

When I was young I was taken to the Jain temple on some sacred occasions for worshipping the "Gods". Due to my inherent tendencies I was not convinced that "God" resides in those stone statues I was asked to worship. I felt inquiring within my own self that if these stone statues were not "God", who or what was "God"? What people meant when they talked of God!

I distinctly remember asking an elder of the family that "Who was God"? Pat come the reply that, "Universe and everything contained in it was made by "God". Tell me, "Can you visualize the boundary of the sky and beyond"? I thought for a moment and replied, "the Universe seems to be without a boundary"! Yes, "the power which made all this and whom we go and worship in temples is known as "God", came the reply".

As I grew older I tried the elimination process. What was uncommon in all Human Beings and all other living beings? The mental powers! This confirmed that Human Being is the highest creation of "God" on Earth. Now! What differentiated different Human Beings. One was a king and the other a laborer due to difference in their mental capabilities alone!

What are these mental capabilities which differentiate Human Being on such a vast scale! How can they be developed? Was it the development of mental powers that Human Being could attain the level of a Buddha, Mahavira or Jesus Christ? The mental powers in our physical World are invoked by our brain. How do brain and mental powers (thinking power) correlate with each other. What role Kalchakra (time) plays.

Will Power & Brain

As time passed by things became more and more clear to me. Will power of a Human Being (the desire of "Atman" enacted through a Human Being based on ... The resultant Karma of all earlier lives manifested by "Atman") is the ultimate factor governing the destiny of a Human Being. Doing of Karma by a Human Being is the result of what is invoked through the brain by a Human Being [Invoking is done by the Human Being at will (i.e. his "Atman") based on the resultant Karma of past lives].

When I was in my 2nd year of Engineering, I gained control on mental powers to the extent that I worked for half an hour but when seen by the watch only one minute had passed. Whatever I read once in a book was clear to me like a Master. That control has never again returned in my Life even after a lapse of 20 years. Reason being ... I was never again so carefree after graduation. I got more and more involved in my family business of Foundation Engineering.

The mental waves on which I had started traveling were getting farther away from me day by day. The thought waves seem to travel even faster than the speed of light. It is these thought waves on which if one dwells, shall he be able to see "God" one day and subsequent events proved that I was 100 percent correct. For fifteen years I have worked hard may be not to the best of my capability or to the liking of my family as inherently I was getting more and more inclined to know "God, the Creator" ... talk to him if possible.

Having realized that Air, Water and Mother Earth were only elements supporting the Life structure of all living beings but were not "Gods" .. only thing left was Sun. The rays of light traveling at the speed of 1,86,000 miles per second take above eight minutes to reach the Earth. Electricity also travels at the same speed at zero resistance. During rainy days the voice of the thunder is like "God" speaking. You strike two stones and sparks fly. You rub two wooden elements ... Friction may cause Fire. All incidents indicated that the power of light (i.e. Agni) is an inherent power, unmatched with and very closely related with "God".

Doctrine of Anekantvad

Whatever we see in the Universe through our physical eyes or various senses have a definite shape but ... Seeing from the angle of "Anekantvad", everything in the Universe can be broken up into molecules and atoms. Atoms consist of a nuclei and around it are electrons rotating at the speed of light i.e. 1,86,000 miles per second. The power which rotates the electrons around the nuclei at the speed of light is to be known as "God".

The Doctrine of "Anekantvad" alone can make clear the relationships between Human Beings, between Human Beings and all other living beings and between Human Beings, all other living beings and the inherent powers of the Universe. Till the time we Human Beings continue perceiving ourselves as mightiest of all, at times even defying the "Law of Eternal Truth" ... We shall fail in our efforts to come near "God".

We must put an end to giving undue importance to ourselves. Our "Atman" within may have changed numerous Life forms before our present form as a Human Being. It is on its cosmic journey ... Goal being liberation from further manifestations. All Life forms are important but ... Desist from killing for the sake of pleasure for you shall never be pardoned for this act of yours.

The Law of Evolution is same for all beings ... To think, by your not killing the pests we are doing service to "God" is wrong for the pests have their own limited Life and if they are a nuisance to us (the most advanced species of the World) they must be annihilated lest we may suffer at their hands. The survival of the fittest is the basic theme of the evolutionary process.

Never forget that "God" alone maintains the balance in the Universe and all "Atman's" in their manifested Life forms only do its bidding. Our killing or not killing a being only effects us and only us for it is our "Atman" within which carries forward the results of the Karma performed by us i.e. a Life from manifested by it. Must we not take a pledge to improve upon ourselves because it is the reform in the thinking process of every individual that will bring a change in the Society for better.

God ... An inherent power

God is not a being and is formless. As a normal Human Being cannot and does not want to comprehend that "God" is an inherent power (It can be felt by any Human Being during intense prayers to God) ... It worships it in form of deities of the shape of a Human Being. This gives more and more credulity to its existence on Earth as most powerful of all beings resulting in enlarging the ego of a Human Being ... Often resulting in calamitous results.

God is the center point from where all creation started and all things in the Universe are connected to it by a divine string. Wherever we try to break an atom ... Massive energy is generated resulting in an uncontrolled chain reaction. God shall bless us for using this energy for useful purposes but when used for negative goals ... The results are disastrous.

Mind .. the Controller of all Human Beings

Once I realized that mind is all powerful ... I tried to clean my brain of all negative influences. Negative influences bring us nearer to Satanic forces and Positive influences towards God. Once we eradicate from our thinking the negative influences we are left with only good thoughts. These good thoughts bring us nearer to our goal i.e. God. By invoking right thoughts from positive Mind (i.e. the "Eternal reservoir of Positive Thoughts") we become more and more pure Spiritually. The weeds of negative influences from our brain are required to be taken out and thrown away at regular intervals. By keeping our brain clear of all unwanted seeds of evil thoughts, our brain stimulates us towards better deeds. We start growing in harmony with our inner self (our Atman within).

What is the relation between God, a Human Being and all other living beings. In due course of introspection, I (Vijay Kumar and not my Atman) realized that Atman within the body of all living beings is of the same nature as God. Is "God" not the collective sum of all liberated Atman's. "Atman" of all beings in Essence is the Governor of all beings. What then is the relation between the "Atman" and the physical self i.e. a Jiva!

"God" Initiates Me

Having perceived the truth I was only to inquire about the Eternal relationship between all beings and lo! On 3rd of August, 1993, at 2.15 a.m. God initiated me. I was sleeping in my bedroom on first floor. At about 1.45 a.m., I felt choking and gasping for breath and an urge within to go out on the terrace. I was obeying commands from within as if in deep sleep. When I reached the terrace of the first floor I was again instructed by "God, the Creator" to go back to the room and bring the collapsible easy chair (which I use for my reading) and go to the terrace on second floor. I brought the chair and sat on it looking upwards, towards the sky.

What was I seeing! Full vision of the cosmos ... A blinding spell of white light all around ... Something which can never be described in words. The "Ultimate Truth" dawned upon me and at 4 a.m. I was instructed to go down. I was then instructed to write down something. I started writing. When I reread those lines ... Every thing was clear to me. No questions remaining unanswered I had realized Self ... I was one with "God, the Creator" ... More eager than ever to complete my journey on this Earthly plane and liberate myself (i.e. me as an "Atman") from cycle of birth and death at the earliest.

I am a completely changed man now. Having realized the purpose of my Cosmic journey ... Life has a different meaning for me since that day. I can invoke willingly the mighty powers of the Universe after constant practice and take dictation's from "God, the Creator" for hours together. In the messages are hidden the Eternal Truths which can never be falsified by any person of understanding. "God" has blessed me to remain in the "Grihastha Ashram" (i.e. with the family) and continue my Spiritual quest further.

The answer to all the questions related to the "Universe" and "God" having been answered, The quest of all spiritual seekers for ages having been fulfilled, I pray to the almighty "God" to give me Strength and wisdom to uphold the values in the Society of which I am an integral part. May "God" bless us all.

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Moksha (salvation in hinduism)

Is it not true that only after gaining Enlightenment (Self- Realization) that one reaches the stage of Moksha Salvation.

Moksha is that ephemeral truth of life without which human beings cannot sustain themselves. The cause of the human body... the process of evolution... all leads to our Soul Atman gaining liberation from cycle of birth and death (Moksha) forever.

Moksha being the ultimate truth of life... none can just do without! In present life we may or may not pursue Moksha as the ultimate goal of all life... inherently and spiritually our Soul Atman is bound to pursue this one and only goal in the life of every Soul Atman in the Cosmos.

If gaining liberation from cycle of birth and death (i.e. achieving the stage of Moksha) is the only goal of every soul our atman within... and knowing the fact that our body is but clothing for our Soul Atman... our Soul Atman... plays the governing role! Whatever be our present goal in life... the ultimate goal of our cosmic life remains the same, gaining Moksha! (Salvation).

Attaining the state of Moksha Salvation is reaching the Mount Everest of physical manifested life. There is nothing beyond Moksha that is required to be achieved in this life. Moksha is that stage in the life of a human being when one cuts across all the shackles of senses and the mind. Unless we gain absolute control over the five senses and the mind... we cannot achieve Moksha in this life.

Gaining absolute control over the senses and the mind is a complex process. One has to diligently take control of all the senses one by one and the moment we establish absolute control over all the five senses... controlling mind is easy to achieve! Our five senses help us live the physical manifest form of us. They have got nothing to do with our true inner self... our soul atman within us

What is the correct process that we can gain absolute control over the five senses and ultimately the mind for us to achieve the stage of Moksha? For cutting across the various barriers of senses... we need to maintain more and more purity in our day-to- day dealings. The more pure our thought process... the sooner shall we be able to gain control over the senses.

As practiced in Jainism... it is the concept of Bhava Karma which plays the governing role. Before committing any physical action... we must have thought over it. If we are awarded -10 points for committing a grave sin like murder then we also get negative marking for negative thoughts incurred by us before committing the murder. Does this mean that committing a sin only in thoughts attracts negative marking... yes! Even by thinking wrong of others... we are incurring a sin and this result in our getting established on a lower pedestal on the spiritual plane.

For attaining Moksha... if we need to establish control over the five senses then it becomes mandatory for us to follow the concept of Bhava Karma and desist from even thinking wrong of others. This is the only process for maintaining absolute purity of thought. The concept of Bhava Karma in Jainism has no parallel in the History of mankind. It is only traveling on the path of Bhava Karma that Saints and Sages were able to control anger and purify their thinking patterns.

As we gain more and more purity of thoughts on the path of attaining the stage of Moksha... we shall find that gaining absolute control over mind is within our reach. Gaining control over the five senses is the most difficult part in the life of a human being on the path to attaining Moksha. But it is a goal not unachievable! Patience and persistence both play a vital role in establishing firm control over the five senses. We have to practice Patience and Persistence at each and every stage lest we may not be able to gain Moksha in this life.

Establishing control over anger is only possible after we have developed a habit of forgiving one and all... whatever be the cause or the reasoning! Forgiving one is a one-sided affair. Compassion is required to be practiced at every stage of the physical manifested life. Without Compassion and the Power of Forgiveness... none reaches any worthwhile stage on the path of spirituality. Every true Saint or a Sage has developed the power of Forgiveness to its extreme for it is only after controlling anger that one reaches the stage of Moksha in this life.

Broadly speaking... to attain the stage of Moksha... we need to gain Kaivalya Jnana (Omniscience) and this is possible only after establishing absolute control over the Senses and the Mind. The moment one gains control over the Senses and the Mind... one reaches the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi... the stage when one can indulge in one-to-one dialogue with God Almighty.

Maintaining absolute purity of thought by practicing the path of Bhava Karma... practicing Compassion (by which one develops control over anger) Patience and Persistence ... we reach nearer our cosmic goal of life... attaining Moksha! There is nothing nobler in life than reaching the stage of Moksha in present life.
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Essays By: Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani"

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