Self Realization

Query: Self-Realization... When will I get self realization?

Vijay Kumar:
Before we indulge on the subject of self realization... let us make ourselves clear what self realization truly means. As is advocated and preached by many religious masters of present time... self realization is not something that can be conferred on the individual... the sadhak (spiritual aspirant) by a religious master... it simply can never be!

Self realization truly means reaching the stage of Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ or Prophet Mohammed! One simply does not become a Gautama Buddha overnight! One needs traveling the spiritual path all alone by following the path of jnana yoga. Cutting across all shackles of ephemeral life... establishing absolute control over the five senses and the mind... one finally dwells in the domain of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana).

Self realization and enlightenment mean the same. Realization of our true self... our inner nature... realization of the fact that we are a spirit... a soul atman that has manifested the human body... the human form only to work out its karma... remove the dross impurities within... is the ultimate goal of human life on Mother Earth!

Self realization nee enlightenment by no means is a simple task. God Almighty ordained a journey of 1.1 million manifestations (an earthly life cycle of 12.4 million earthly years) for human beings to reach the stage of enlightenment. One life span of 70 to 80 years means nothing compared to the long cosmic life span of 12.4 million earthly years for the soul atman within.

Every human being has a total of 1.1 million bodies... 1.1 million lifetimes to reach the stage of enlightenment... where is the hurry!

Bhagavad Gita... the most sacred scripture of Hinduism available on Mother contains everything worth knowing on the spiritual path. The knower of Bhagavad Gita... one who assimilates the inner meaning of Bhagavad Gita finally becomes the knower of all... gains enlightenment and finally salvation (moksha).

Bhagavad Gita is available for merely Rs 20/= (about $.40) from Gita press, Gorakhpur, India... yet how many people understand it. The text of the sacred scriptures... the messages contained can never be learnt literally. One needs diving deep into the bottomless pit of wisdom and gathers the pearls of wisdom contained therein!

Only by traveling the path of spirituality... not religion... can one realize self in one's lifetime! Most human beings on Mother Earth look forward to a shortcut for gaining self realization... not realizing... Reaching the stage of self realization is reaching the end of the cosmic journey... the 8.4 millionth manifestation when one gains enlightenment and salvation!

On the path of absolute spirituality... there are no shortcuts! Every serious seeker of spirituality travels the uncharted spiritual path all alone! With none to guide... the arduous journey of spirituality sometimes becomes truly frightening. This can be gauged from the fact that in the last 150 years (amongst 6500 million people existing on Mother Earth) only two persons gained self realization... Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana!

Reaching the stage of self realization... gaining enlightenment and finally salvation is the desire of all seekers of spirituality. Having gained enlightenment and finally salvation... the liberated soul atman finally enters the abode of God... the kingdom of God (aka Vaikunth in Hinduism). The kingdom of God is a point of no return... the liberated soul atman having liberated itself from the cycle of birth and death forever need not manifest a body again!

When 11 years of age... I wanted to see and meet God in this very life! By 13 years of age... my resolve turned into firm conviction... come whatever may... I shall see and meet God in this very life! If I were to abandon my family... my parents, brothers and sisters, I was prepared for the same! Finally 25 years later in 1993 while living within the family... I realized God!

Swami Vivekananda never realized God in his lifetime. It was never the goal of Swami Vivekananda. When Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa enquired of Swami Vivekananda why he had approached Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa... he stated... I only wanted to have a darshan (vision) of God. My purpose in life is fixed... serving the community at its best!

Sri Aurobindo has categorically stated in his writings... he failed to gain self realization in his lifetime. The Saints and sages of his times were truthful. They accepted their mistakes and also the follies. In present times people often talk of imparting self realization across the table... it simply is not possible!

Every human being has a life of 70 to 80 years. We never know what we shall be in the next manifestation. It is our soul atman that shall manifest a body based on the residual balance of karma of present life. Our domain limited to present life... why not travel the spiritual path now!

In every manifestation... body to body... the goal of life for the soul atman remains fixed... gaining liberation from the cycle of birth and death forever... regaining its prime pure pristine form by reaching the 8.4 millionth manifestation... the last in the cosmic life cycle!

The liberation by the soul atman can only be had in the human form... the highest manifest stage in the cosmic life cycle! In the cycle of evolution... human beings have no further to go! It is only as human beings the soul atman finally regains its original pure pristine form.

Also remember... on the journey of self realization relationship with every human being would be left behind. You would not be able to recognize your parents, brothers and sisters... all near and dear! The whole world would become a family for you. In every father you would see your father... in every Mother... your mother! Relationships carry no meaning in the world of souls' atmans.

The moment you become prepared for all these... you can start your journey of self realization! In fact by trying to assimilate the wisdom contained in the sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism... every human being can inherently travel the spiritual path every moment of life. Do not read the sacred scripture literally but try understanding the wisdom hidden in between the lines!

Essay by: Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani" ... One who realized self in his life time! Send your query!

A to Z of Self Realization explained in words everyone can easily understand and fathom. More on god realization can be found at : Self Realization Fellowship  ... Vijay Kumar - 5th June 2010.

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