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How to Reach Enlightenment in Hinduism
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In today's discussion on enlightenment we shall cover following aspects of spiritual enlightenment: reach spiritual enlightenment, how difficult is enlightenment, signs of spiritual enlightenment, the Buddha enlightenment, church spiritual enlightenment and can women reach enlightenment!

Reach Spiritual enlightenment

As per sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism... the foremost of all Hindus sacred texts... enlightenment is enlightenment... never spiritual! Similar as we do not call human being made of flesh (it is evident that human beings are made of flesh)... we also do not call enlightenment by any other name such as spiritual enlightenment!

Enlightenment is also termed self realization... God realization... kaivalya jnana in Hinduism! The word kaivalya jnana stands for the stage in life of a human being when only (meaning kaivalya) jnana (wisdom) remains! Devoid of all dross impurities within a soul atman... when only pure liberated soul atman remains... one is said to reach stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana)!

Every single human being primarily is a spiritual being... a soul atman... the spirit within on its cosmic journey! Every single soul atman is pure spirit mired in impurities similar as one KG of pure gold sandwiched in a lump of hundred KG of gold ore! To cleanse itself of dross impurities within starts cosmic life cycle of a soul atman (Soul is termed atman in Hinduism)!

Gaining absolute purity is the sole aim of every soul atman... the spirit within! Ever since it started on its cosmic journey of 8.4 million manifestations... a soul atman initially manifested 7.3 million bodies in insect, plant and animal form! In the remaining 1.1 million manifestations in human form... human beings are expected to reach stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana)!

Enlightenment... kaivalya jnana is that stage in life when assimilating pearls of wisdom contained in Bhagavad Gita human beings finally emancipated forever from cycle of birth and death... crossed over shackles of Samsara (worldly life) forever! Spiritual enlightenment is the ultimate goal of life for every human being... no matter what!

As the word spiritual enlightenment is more popular with world community... we shall henceforth term enlightenment as spiritual enlightenment! Spiritual enlightenment can only be gained via path of spirituality... never religion! And what does spirituality truly mean! It is spirituality that makes clear... Journey of life truly belongs to our soul atman... never human form! Why?

Our soul atman... the spirit within is the absolute master and controller of human body and not vice versa! No human being... any human body can ever manifest form of a soul atman... the spirit within! Ever since a soul atman got separated from its parent body... God Almighty himself... it tries regaining its lost original pure prime pristine primordial form at the earliest!

Only in human form a soul atman finally succeeds in regaining its lost original pure prime pristine primordial form! Human form being the highest manifest stage in cosmic life cycle... it is prime duty of every human being to travel spiritual path and liberate their soul atman from journey of varied manifestations at the earliest!

Similar as one KG of pure gold cannot separate itself of its own from a lump of hundred KG of gold ore and requires external mining machinery and processes... a soul atman also requires going through a chain of 8.4 million bodies before reaching last leg of cosmic life... the stage when human beings reached stage of spiritual enlightenment (kaivalya jnana)!

For spiritual enlightenment to enact itself... a soul atman requires doctrine of karma manifesting itself! It is through complex process of karma every soul atman moves from one manifestation to another! The smooth transition from one manifestation to another is like changing of guards at Buckingham Palace!

Spiritual enlightenment... The definition and meaning of it is not correctly understood world over! Why? It is for simple reason that spiritual enlightenment cannot easily be gained! In the last about 150 years' world over amongst 7 billion people living on mother earth... only two persons succeeded in reaching stage of spiritual enlightenment... Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana!

Both these spiritual stalwarts were born in India... the citadel of spirituality... the soul atman of mother earth! If any human being world over desires reaching stage of spiritual enlightenment... it is possible only through India! Why? The definition of enlightenment... the meaning of spiritual enlightenment is made clear only in sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism!

The doctrines of Western world... the teachings of Christianity know nothing about spirituality! None in Western world except Jesus Christ reached stage of enlightenment in entire history of mankind! From India not a few... rather hundreds if not thousands reached stage of spiritual enlightenment in their lifetime!

People in West are absolutely ignorant on topic of spirituality! Mesmerized by rituals... most Westerners practicing spirituality think one can reach stage of spiritual enlightenment through sacred Bible! It just cannot be. The teachings of Bible do not teach pure spirituality... Rather it is silent on the topic of spirituality!

As per Bible Jesus Christ was a true son of God! In Hinduism... as per sacred Bhagavad Gita... the doctrine given to mankind by Lord Krishna in the battle of Mahabharata... every single human being on mother earth is a true son of God existing between karma index of 7.300001 and 8.400000! (Lord Krishna was born an avatar of his era... God manifest in human form).

Assimilating teachings contained in Bhagavad Gita the moment human beings burnt their karma in totality... one reached stage of spiritual enlightenment (kaivalya jnana)!

How difficult is enlightenment

Almost next to impossible! Something that is ordained to be reached in a time span of 1.1 million manifestations (a life cycle of 12.4 million earthly years)... reaching it in a lifespan of 70 to 80 years of life is almost a miracle! The prime reason why all such man gods are termed Bhagavan... treated equivalent to god! It is beyond imagination of commoners to visualize such a personality born in human flesh!

How difficult is enlightenment can be gauged from the fact that in last about 150 years amongst 7 billion people existing world over only two persons reached stage of spiritual enlightenment... the revered Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana! Both these spiritual stalwarts started their spiritual journey via path of bhakti yoga but subsequently switched to path of jnana yoga (absolute wisdom)! The path of jnana yoga is a sure shot method to gaining enlightenment!

For gaining enlightenment... we have to assimilate wisdom contained in Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism! There is no other remedy other than trying to understand meaning of 700 shlokas verses contained in Bhagavad Gita! Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism suffices for reaching stage of enlightenment in one's lifetime!

One single sacred scripture sufficient to reach stage of spiritual enlightenment... yes, Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism is one such document knowing which... one becomes the knower of all... gains omniscience for all practical purposes! The wisdom contained in Bhagavad Gita can be followed by a human being belonging to any religion, faith or belief!

For following dictates contained in Bhagavad Gita... one need not convert to Hinduism! Remaining wherever we are... we can ceremoniously follow teachings contained in Bhagavad Gita all the time... always remembering that gist of Bhagavad Gita can never be understood literally... we have to read in between the lines!

The original gist of Bhagavad Gita is available for mere $.60 (rupees 30/=) at most railway stations of India yet, how many world over understood teachings contained in sacred Bhagavad Gita! In present scientific age one need not follow the wisdom contained in Vedas... the Hinduism revelations! On path of pure spirituality... there is no place for indulging in rituals!

Enlightenment is difficult to gain if our resolve to reach God in present life time remains bleak! The bulldog determination of Winston Churchill... the willpower exercised by Swami Vivekananda is the only way out to reach God! For understanding the underlying teachings contained in Bhagavad Gita one needs traveling path of absolute truthfulness... always and ever!

In my lifetime when 11 years of age I wanted to see and meet God! By 13 my resolve to see and meet God in this very life firmed up... come whatever may... even at the cost of leaving my family I had to see and meet God... no matter what! 25 years of yoga meditation... I finally realized God in 1993 at 37 years of age! I had reached the end of cosmic life... the 8.4 millionth manifestation!

The pitfalls on spiritual path are untold! Do not remember how many times I had to eat hell for breakfast... how many contemplations of suicide! My absolute faith in God Almighty always came to my rescue! Prompted by dictates of my soul atman... the sweet small inner voice that seemed to come from within my heart... I finally reached ultimate goal of my life!

Most human beings in practical life leave midway! I have come across various people who left their journey towards God after sincerely pursuing spiritual path for above 10 and 15 years! We failed to realize that a steam engine starts only when water boils to hundred degrees centigrade... never at 99°C!

Most people quit when they were nearing top! Acharya Rajneesh (née Osho) almost quit at 95 or 98! He was very near to reaching stage of enlightenment when his experiments of mixing sex with yoga failed bitterly! Acharya Rajneesh died brokenhearted! Even a single lapse on path of pure spirituality can prove fatal!

Sex carries no meaning in field of pure spirituality! Travelers of spiritual path do not think of life in terms of sexuality! Sexual indulgence can never lead to awakening of kundalini shakti... nor can it ever help in reaching God Almighty! Sexual indulgence only reduces the inherent capability of human beings... thus whiling away precious sexual energy through pure physical channels!

Signs of Spiritual Enlightenment

Spiritual enlightenment elevates human beings to the uppermost citadel of spirituality... the summum bonum of spirituality! One finally becomes the knower of all... gains omniscience for all practical purposes! The most visible signs of spiritual enlightenment is reaching source of all wisdom contained in cosmos!

Whatever our religion, belief or faith... the gist of every single sacred scripture on mother earth becomes like ABCD... it is as if we had dictated the contents of all sacred scriptures in one of our previous manifestations! If every sacred scripture on mother earth get destroyed... an enlightened one can produce every single document again!

Similar as bud that has become a flower cannot be reverted back to form of bud again... an enlightened one also cannot carry out earthly duties as before! For an enlightened one the whole world becomes one family! Spiritual enlightenment is gained the moment one let's go the ego within! Devoid of ego and karma reduced to ashes... one finally gained enlightenment!

Another most prominent signs of spiritual enlightenment is raising above the fold of bookish knowledge... the written document! One need not refer to sacred scriptures while indulging in a discourse or a discussion! For an enlightened one everything percolates from top. Sacred scriptural texts are meant for religious preachers... never spiritual masters!

For an enlightened one attending to day-to-day chores of life becomes extremely difficult! One all the time desires immersing in spiritual dialogues... spiritual discussions! For an enlightened one... disseminating pearls of wisdom contained in various sacred scriptures of different religions of the world becomes top priority!

The visible signs of spiritual enlightenment appear on the forehead of one! That special glow which distinguishes an enlightened one from masses is apparent and distinct! One can feel the positive aura around a spiritually enlightened one! Ignorance having removed forever... one truly gains omniscience... becomes knower of all!

For an enlightened one to recognize another enlightened becomes easy! Seeing any written text one easily recognizes whether one is enlightened or not! Having seen light of sun... it is easy to recognize light of a candle or bulb! Based on absolute truth... unmasking untruth becomes easy! No matter how clever one poses... none can escape clutches of an enlightened one!

For an enlightened one... the jugglery of life becomes absolutely transparent and clear! One finally realizes that life is governed by inscrutable laws of karma! We are but a soul atman on its cosmic journey of 8.4 million manifestations! Having realized absolute truth... one can impart teachings of Bhagavad Gita to world community in an impartial way!

Enlightenment is gained after subduing our ego forever! No ego... one truly behaves like a man God! The workings of an enlightened one are always straight and clear! Any kind of ambiguity never creeps in! One finally becomes a pure soul atman... a spirit free of all encumbrances’ bondages forever! The freed soul atman finally regains its true inner self!

The Buddha enlightenment

The Buddha enlightenment does not mean spiritual enlightenment of Buddha was different from Mahavira, Jesus Christ, Prophet Mohammed, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa or Maharishi Ramana! All these man gods reached stage of enlightenment in their lifetime... became a Buddha in its truest sense! Becoming a Buddha means becoming an enlightened one!

If we are required to go from New York to Los Angeles... we have different modes of transport available! As our means... accordingly our mode of transport! The essence of life remains in the fact that we each our destination... our ultimate goal of life! Reaching Los Angeles is the goal of life... whether we travel by bus, a plane or a ship is immaterial!

For going from New Delhi to Mumbai... one can go by passenger train... an express train... a mail train or a Rajdhani express! Mode of travel remaining different... all ultimately reached Mumbai... their ultimate goal in life! The experience of all these man gods would be different yet; all achieved the same... the stage of enlightenment in their lifetime!

It has been rightly said... as many human beings... as many different paths to God can there be! The path to God Almighty is a hidden path... never predefined! Every individual human being has to search the path of one's own! We may or may not get a preceptor (spiritual master) in our life yet; traveling uncharted path of spirituality is by choice!

The moment human beings reached absolute purity... devoid of all karma when our soul atman... the spirit within regained its lost original pure prime pristine primordial form... one is stated to have reached stage of self realization... God realization (termed enlightenment in English)! Realizing self... realizing God... reaching God... our soul atman, gaining absolute purity... all meant same!

After reaching stage of enlightenment... a bodhi (enlightened one) enters kingdom of God (termed Vaikuntha in Hinduism)... a point of no return! Our soul atman having gained absolute purity... the need for soul atman to manifest a body further now ceased to exist! One has finally reached end goal of life... the 8.4 millionth manifestation!

Gautama Buddha gained enlightenment in the last stages of his life... when he was nearing 81st year! Gautama Buddha had tried his best to reach stage of enlightenment while living in family... without it (in deep dense jungles forests) but failed to achieve the desired results! In the end Gautama Buddha recommended following the middle path!

Neither remaining within family nor living in deep dense jungles (forests) one gained enlightenment! It is best to follow the middle path was his advice! In the 81st year the body of Gautama Buddha had become so frail... no sooner Gautama Buddha gained enlightenment he left his mortal frame! The following of Gautama Buddha was finally termed Buddhism!

On the contrary Mahavira... the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism (preceptor) gained enlightenment at 42 years of age! Mahavira wanted to disseminate back to community whatever he gained in his spiritual pursuit! For 30 years Mahavira preached wisdom to masses! As Mahavira precipitated the final teachings of Jainism... Jainism is primarily recognized because of Mahavira!

The earlier 23 Tirthankaras who gained enlightenment in their lifetime could not disseminate the teachings to the masses! Their wisdom remained confined to their individual self! It was only in the times of Mahavira... the teachings of Jainism freely flowed to the masses! This led to Jainism developing a massive following!

Mahavira left his mortal frame at the age of 72! The travails of Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed are not different! Jesus Christ gained his wisdom in Nalanda and Taxila universities of India (erstwhile Bharatvarsha). This also explains the missing 18 years from life of Jesus Christ (from age 13 to 30)!

Prophet Mohammed gained his wisdom lying in a cave. He had lost all hope of survival! In his exasperation he hid himself in a cave for a very long time! During that period he observed a lone spider succeeding in its umpteenth attempt in climbing to roof of the cave! This gave hope to Prophet Mohammed! He had ultimately realized the wisdom contained within!

On coming out of cave... Prophet Mohammed was a wise man! He had truly learnt the intricacies of life! An insect... a spider in wilderness had said it all! The wisdom of cosmos is not available in scriptural texts alone. We never know in what form God Almighty tests us and when! For an enlightened one before reaching stage of enlightenment... the path is full of thorns!

Church spiritual enlightenment

Those associated with church... people living in West never reach stage of spiritual enlightenment! Why? Until we accepted the basic precepts of Hinduism... spirituality at large... one just cannot think of gaining enlightenment whatsoever! And what do teachings of Hinduism convey in respect of spirituality?

As detailed in sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism... the whole cosmos originated when God Almighty explodes self (the cluster of all purified souls atmans in the cosmos at a given moment of time)! This resulted in all souls atmans gaining impurities in their cosmos sojourn similar as a rolling ball gathers moss!

Unless we believed in this definition of God... one just cannot reach the stage of enlightenment! The definition of spirituality stems from presence of a spirit... a soul atman within every living being (soul is termed atman in Hinduism)! It is presence of this cosmic consciousness within us that makes the journey of life worthwhile!

Of itself... in absence of a soul atman the worth of a human body is not more than $10... This was deduced by Napoleon Hill in one of his famous books on self improvement! Napoleon Hill is a writer par excellence... one who clearly understood the meaning of life! He was never after monetary gains... but definitely understood role intangible values in life played!

Whatever is preached in church is limited to the present earthly domain of 70 to 80 years of human life! What is taught in Hinduism is not limited to one life span but the entire journey of 8.4 million manifestations by our soul atman... the spirit within! In its lifetime... every soul atman manifests a total of 8.4 million bodies!

Of which initial 7.3 million manifestations occur in insect, plant and animal form! In the remaining 1.1 million manifestations in human form... human beings are expected to reach stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana)! Spiritual enlightenment can only be gained via path of jnana yoga (absolute wisdom)... never path of religion or Christianity in particular!

Those who failed to understand the basic definitions of spirituality... how can such people expected to reach stage of enlightenment! Spirituality is not meant for physical manifest world! Diving deep into bottomless pit of spirituality... human beings unearthed those pearls of wisdom knowing which one finally emancipated from cycle of birth and death forever!

Any human being world over particularly followers of Christianity can follow tenets of Hinduism contained in sacred Bhagavad Gita... the doctrine given to mankind by Lord Krishna in the battle of Mahabharata (Lord Krishna was born an avatar of his era... God manifest in human form)! In the history of mankind Lord Krishna was the only avatar who inhabited planet Mother Earth!

In Christianity none world over till date gained enlightenment! Except for Jesus Christ... none else has clearly understood the meaning of spirituality! For gaining wisdom contained in Bhagavad Gita... in present times one need not travel to India! Remaining wherever we are... one can pursue the teachings contained in Bhagavad Gita seriously and ceremoniously!

Who knows when grace of God becomes available and we gain enlightenment in journey of life!

Can women reach enlightenment?

Women can definitely reach stage of enlightenment but as a lady it is extremely difficult to gain enlightenment! Why? In the history of mankind till date only two ladies gained enlightenment... the famous philosopher saint Gargi and Maitreyi... that dutiful second wife of Sage Jnanavalakya (the compiler and composer of voluminous Brihadarankya Upanishad)!

Gargi and Maitreyi colleges in New Delhi, India are reminiscent of the glorious past of these two lady spiritual masters that the world ever witnessed in entire history of mankind! Saint Gargi was a practitioner of absolute Brahmacharya (absolute celibacy) whereas Maitreyi gained enlightenment as she had complete faith in abilities of Sage Jnanavalakya... her husband, a Brahma jnani!

Both these ladies belonged to India (erstwhile Bharatvarsha)! As a lady, Cutting across shackles of Moha (deep emotional attachment) is very difficult... the prime reason why ladies failed to reach stage of enlightenment! Only if one exhibited willpower and stamina exhibited by Gargi and Maitreyi... one could manage to reach stage of enlightenment as a woman!

Moha (deep emotional attachment) is that imbibed inherent feeling of attachment that exists in every woman from time of birth! Mounted with this power of discrimination (power of Moha) ladies kept the society from going astray! No matter what... if a child is found crying on road... a passerby lady may attend to child because of ingrained Moha (feeling of attachment)!

In 90 out of hundred cases... the crying child would not be found wanting! Such is the power of Moha that even in times of distress... ladies took care of household remaining unperturbed by happenings all around! If the parents of a child suddenly died... it is quite possible that the nearest relative of the child adopts this child!

In case of men... they are by nature carefree! If they take a vow to leave the confines of home in search of God... the lady householder would not be able to do much in the matter! Men do not seem to care for their surroundings! Hell may break loose but men usually remained unperturbed by the happenings around! Such is not the case with women!

Maitreyi... second wife of Sage Jnanavalakya was after gaining Brahma jnana right from beginning but Sage Jnanavalakya knew travails of following spiritual path! He many a times tried unsuccessfully to dissuade Maitreyi from pursuing spiritual journey! Came a day when Sage Jnanavalakya declared he would leave for confines of jungles (forests) for final contemplation!

He wanted to distribute his entire wealth between his first and second wife! His first wife was totally materialistic by nature. When Sage Jnanavalakya equally distributed the wealth amongst his two wives... Maitreyi asked Sage Jnanavalakya if by inheriting half his wealth... she would gain enlightenment! Sage Jnanavalakya had his last laugh... he indirectly understood what Maitreyi meant!

Sage Jnanavalakya finally succumbed to wishes of his dutiful second wife Maitreyi! He asked her to accompany him into the forests (deep dense jungles) for contemplation! Maitreyi gave her portion of wealth to first wife and left with Sage Jnanavalakya for a life of seclusion and solitude! She had to finally become a recluse to learn the hidden ingredients of spiritual path!

At the end of journey Maitreyi finally gained enlightenment!

Essay by: Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani"

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