How it can be achieved within ones life time
Before we dwell on the subject
of Self Realization we need to understand the real meaning of gaining
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
man gods like Mahavira,
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
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
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
Those who dare not practiced celibacy... must leave the
desire for ever gaining self realization within ones lifetime. It is just not
of celibacy Brahmacharya vrata 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
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
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!
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
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.
Realization: not a goal but end of the journey of Life!
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.
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
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!
Kumar "Atma Jnani"
Kumar... The Man who Realized God in 1993 explains the concept and
meaning of Self Realization. For more details on god realization,
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