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Path of Shruti Jnana: Essay by Vijay Kumar... The Man who Realized God in 1993
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Path of Shruti Jnana

What is Shruti Jnana


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Path of Shruti Jnana
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Reaching the stage of Shruti Jnana is the end of life itself. Right from the start of life from first manifestation as an amoeba and to the last as an enlightened being... it is reaching the cosmic end of life when one enters the domain of God. And the domain of God (Kingdom of God) can only be entered by the path of Shruti Jnana.

Shruti Jnana encompasses different stages in life which need to be established before one reaches the top rung of the ladder. Only one who desires to see God in the present life requires proceeding on the path of Shruti Jnana.

Every serious seeker of Spirituality initially needs to establish absolute control over all the five senses. The control over all the five senses can be established one by one. This control can only be established by one who enters the domain of truthfulness always and ever. There is no scope for being untruthful in life if we truly desire to reach the level of Shruti Jnana.


Truthfulness is the only medium which makes one establish control over the five senses one by one. As we proceed on the spiritual journey of life... we need to overcome our wanton desires every now and then. This can be made possible by chanting of various mantras which lead one towards eradicating the dross within.

As the dross within a human being reduces (the dross is contained in the atman soul within). By the performance of the right karma by the body... the dross can be contained and this leads to our atman soul getting purer. The increase in purity reflects upon the decrease in the dross within the atman soul (contained in the body of a human being).

As one establishes control over the senses... a subtle calm prevails over the body. It is as if our body is getting lighter and lighter. Performing the right mode of yoga (meditation) leads one to getting purer on the spiritual scale.


On the physical plane... one may feel the pinch of the worldly tasks not getting completed in time but the elevation on the spiritual scale provides the needed solace. As one rises higher on the spiritual plane... one shall always make it a point that the physical tasks assigned to us by God Almighty also need to be done in time. Making a balance between the two requires patience and persistence which needs to be practiced intelligently.

Maintaining the right balance between the earthly tasks and the achievements on the spiritual plane is the most complicated of all the tasks required of a serious seeker of spirituality. It is the only way out of the earthly domain. One can never establish control over the five senses unless one practices absolute patience and persistence in daily life.

Establishing control over the five senses does not mean establishing a dictatorial control over the senses. It practically means that we burn out the karma related to the five senses. Unless and until the root cause of all the five senses is eradicated... a firm control over all the five senses can never be established.


Temporal removal of the grass from the field does not mean the field has been cleared of all the impurities. With passage of time... the deeply embedded seeds again take roots. And the chain reaction continues! In the field of spirituality also the senses are required to be nipped in the bud lest the deeply embedded emotions again take root.

Having established control over the five senses... one need to establish absolute control over the mind. And what does this mean? Can anyone ever establish absolute control over the mind power? Yes! That is possible but for one who seeks enlightenment in the end of the journey.

Gaining control over the power of mind means... reaching the source of all wisdom contained in the Cosmos. Every single thought invoked by us is ever present in the reservoir of mind plus or mind minus. It is as if everything (every spoken thought) has always existed in the reservoir of mind plus or mind minus ever since the beginning of time. Yes! It is so.


Every human being only has a brain and not a mind. It is the faculty of the brain which invokes positive thoughts from the reservoir of mind plus and negative thoughts from the reservoir of mind minus. If that is so... is it possible that we completely block the flow of negative thoughts to our brain? Yes, patiently practicing yoga (meditation) one can perfect the flow of only positive thoughts to our brain.

When songs get transmitted from a radio station... every transistor can be tuned in for a different frequency. On one frequency we may hear a male voice singing and on the other frequency we can tune in to hear a female voice. Similarly, in the field of spirituality every serious seeker of spirituality can make the faculty of brain only invoke positive thoughts all the time.

It is traveling on the waves of positive thoughts for a lengthy period of time that one eventually gains absolute control over the free flow of thoughts and reaches the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi... the stage when the flow of thoughts almost stops. It is this stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi when one comes face-to-face with God Almighty.

The moment one establishes absolute control over the free flow of thoughts... one is supposed to have reached the stage of Shruti jnana... the stage when through the power of Shruti one can invoke thoughts as desired by one. Having established absolute control over the power of mind one finally reaches the stage of Shruti Jnana.

It is a different matter altogether that between establishing absolute control over the senses and the mind lays the domain of celibacy and practicing Neti. To establish control over the senses and the mind... one also needs to establish control over the sexual tendencies existing within one. One needs to practice Celibacy Brahmacharya Vrata for a continuous period of 12 years for reaching the stage of Shruti Jnana.

Practicing Neti leads one towards the kingdom of God. It is an established fact that everything contained in the cosmos is nonexistent. It is only because of senses that we feel the existence of the cosmos. Speaking in plain terms... everything in the cosmic system is gaseous in nature. It is only our ignorance (Veil of Maya) that makes us assume that Cosmos is solid in nature.


This also leads us to the fact that the existence of God is the only truth and everything else is Maya Veil of Ignorance. Inherently every living being is proceeding towards gaining enlightenment in the end. Practice of Neti leads one towards the only absolute truth that is God Almighty.

Shruti Jnana plays an important role in cutting across the Veil of Maya and leading one towards God Almighty. It is only when one reaches the stage of Nirvikalpa Samadhi does the text of Bhagavad Gita become absolutely clear to one.

In a nutshell, the path of Shruti Jnana is reached after one has cut across the barriers of senses and the mind. What ultimately remains in the end is only the Almighty God! (Practice of celibacy and Neti are only a means to achieve the ultimately end).

We must never forget that the path of Shruti Jnana is available to one only after gaining enlightenment... never before!

May God bless us all!

Essay by: Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani"

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