Jivan Mukt and Videha Mukt

(Continued post)

Jivan does not just mean ‘life’, it is a Sanskrit word, it means ‘to flow’ and ‘the vitality of the flow’. Life is not a static event, it flows. Every water drop in a river is linked and thus is life interlinked and interconnected on all levels.

‘Mukt’ means the ‘one who has been freed, sent forth, immune, quit, discharged, vanished, relinquished, relaxed etc.

Jivan mukt means ‘one who has been released from the requirement to ‘flow’.

  • The performance of Prakruti has stopped, ‘I have been seen’. The Purush has stopped witnessing, ‘I have seen’.
  • But the Universe/body that Prakruti had created is still available. The Knowledge has put a stop to further performance but the stage has not been yet dismantled.

These two are two separate things and are dependent on separate causes, so can happen simultaneously. The Prakruti has stilled because the link between Her and Him is Known. They together experience their togetherness and one-ness. The veil has been removed.

Knowledge exists and so does the body/Universe. A paradox, you might say. But these two are compatible. Read on.

Jivan Mukt and Videha Mukt

Prakruti creates the individual body with its Universe continually spontaneously. Later karma comes into the picture and becomes the framework for manifestation. The body/Universe is created, maintained and dissolved because of karma. Karma is basically of two types.

  • The big storehouse of karma (sanchita, accumulated karma), you have this collection from your several past lives
  • And the karma which was selected for rebalance for the present life (Prarabdha, destined karam). You chose this at your present birth.

Each soul selects this part of karma from its stored karma and the body is designed. This is the point of exercise of free will. On the basis of this destined karma, the body + Universe is created for each individual soul. (Purush + Prakruti combo, your combo is different from mine). You might choose a short intense life with violent energies. Or a smooth sedentary life of ease. A short or long life. Whatever.

This choice of the moment of birth will run its course for the life-time you chose at the moment of birth.

‘You’ here refers to the Jivatma, which is the soul+the influence of the Prakruti. The soul which is under the influence of karma, the soul which cannot enter the Kutasth of its own conscious action, the soul which is still suffering from duality.

This choice of birth is fixed for the life-span of the body. This body and the prarabdha karma you chose is not affected or linked to Knowledge. You might gain Knowledge at the age of 35yrs but if you have exercised the choice of a life-span for 80yrs, your body+Universe will sustain for that much time. However as Knowledge has manifested, more karma will not be created during this life-time (Agaami /future karma becomes nil). And the store of Sanchita karma has been ‘burnt’ in the intense energies of your Dhyan. (Each breath/Soham in your Dhyan is one life-time.)

Moksh means ‘release’, Prakruti is released from her ‘play’, she has released herself. The Purush has stopped witnessing and the Prakruti has stilled. At the age of 35yrs you have become a Jivan-mukt. Your soul has experienced the duality and the Knowledge of duality. The experience has been transcended. You have attained Samadhi (final settlement, agreement, joined with the Eternal, Singularity) so your soul is not affected by anything that occurs in the realm of the Purush or Prakruti. Samadhi occurs in Dhyan. But the choice of birth has to be honored. The performance is over at 35yrs but the stage will be dismantled at the age of 80yrs. Something like when you switch off the fan it continues to move for a few minutes more.

In this phase you will do everything that has been decided as per your Prarabdh karma, your children might get married, your grandchildren will be born, your wife might die etc. But you will be aware of this as a drama. You Know. You are a Guru. The consciousness has experienced and transcended Maya.

Prakruti will not re-energise or re-create, she will just maintain till you turn 80yrs and then annihilate. Prarabdha karma will then complete its course and the soul will separate from the body+Universe. After this last manifested body/Universe, no more will be created for this particular Purush + Prakruti combo. At this point She and Her Purush will merge into each other and this will merge into the Eternal Singularity. This is Moksh as the duality imposed is released and the individual soul merges into the Ultimate.

Now there is one danger to the society here. All this is an internal process so anyone can claim to be a Jivan mukt and become a ‘Guru’, gather a following and use them to live a life of ease. So here to such wanna-be ‘Guru’s, Sanatan Dharm has a warning too. If someone claims to be so, after his physical death his heirs/disciples will not offer the body to the Agni/fire. Anteyshti will not be performed and the body will be buried above ground. (ancient dolmens are such muniyars or Samadhi-sthal erected over the bodies of ancient Mukta souls). For the liberated soul the body is of no relevance anymore but for the cheat, this will ensure that the soul remains trapped on earth with no scope for further rebirth.

Jivan Mukt and Videha Mukt

The other choice is of being a Videha mukt.

Videha – (Vigatah dehah yasmat sah), ‘the one whose body has gone away from him’. ‘Deha’ is a Sanskrit word which means shape, appearance, manifestation, form, person, individuality etc.

This is Moksh linked to the annihilation of the body/Universe.

In this you would choose a life span of 35yrs. So as the Knowledge manifests at 35yrs, Prakruti will stop, Purush-Prakriti will merge and everything will go back to Singularity. The individual body will die and the individual Universe will be annihilated. Kundalini will burst through, the Brahmanadi of the body will fuse, ie the bifurcated ends of the Brahmanadi (within the Sushumna) will fuse and complete the circuit at the Brahmarandhra. You will merge with the Parabrahma at the Kutasth and this Consciousness will exit through the Brahmarandhra.

You have attained Videha-mukti. The body has physically died with this event. If your heirs have understood what has happened, they are required to bury the body above ground and erect a stone Samadhi-sthal over it. But generally they don’t realise and the usual Anteysthi is performed. Of course, this doesn’t matter as the soul has realised Itself and all this from Its point of view has become irrelevant. But the soul who has attained Moksh was still someone’s father/ mother/ Guru etc. so this would be the karma of the heirs to dispose of the manifested body.

Thus the Soul created out of Parabrahma, goes through a longish process to go back to the Singularity, the two options being Jivan-mukti and Videha-mukti

(I would recommend a study of the Samkhya for more in-depth discussion on this topic. Also a study of the Nasadiya Sukta for the creation part. And of course the Brahma Sutra. This topic is a bit obtuse, but there was a question and I did try to write it in as simple words as possible)

 

Jivan Mukt and Videha Mukt

To Experience and Transcend

We are all here for the Experience… or it it something else?

In Jyotish, this ‘experience’ is the function of Venus/Shukra and the 2nd and 7th houses of the horoscope. When the experience is fulfilled, you leave the body, physical death. Thus Venus is the natural Marak and the house owners of the 2nd and 7th houses are the functional Marak for your chart, they decide the moment of your physical death. But most people are quite scared of physical death. (A secret, the length of your life is counted in breaths. If you continuously engage in activities which require fast breathing, you use up the number of breaths allotted to you faster. Your life span will be completed in lesser number of years. If you engage in activities where you slow or stop your breath, e.g. Dhyan, you will live for more years.)

Karma clothes the individual soul/Jiva with the body’. The Anna-mai-kosh layer of the five layered body is created from the karma you have decided to experience in this present life-time. This is described in the birth chart ie. the first divisional chart and the Science of Illumination/ Jyotish is used to analyse this.

To Experience and Transcend

This manifested Universe contains only karma, nothing else.

The room you are sitting in, is your Karma. Even the table, the bed, the husband, the food on the dining table is there because it is your karma to experience them. Your Universe is your Karma and your Karma is your Universe around you. (Each one’s Universe is thus different!)

So how would you describe yourself? Amit? Priya? A doctor, someone’s daughter, someone’s husband, a farmer, a resident of some place, so many years old, sweet, happy etc. But, you are describing yourself in terms of your Karma! You are describing your karma of being a doctor, your karma of being a wife, of being happy, hardworking, etc your are using your karma is defining you. But You are not your karma. Think deeply then, who are you? How do you go about finding you own self. And if the entire manifested, words, names, emotions, experiences etc is Karma, from where would you get the real words to describe Yourself?

Spiritual practice is how you break the definitions which your own actions have laid on you. This is how it works.

Initially when you start your spiritual practice, you will have a favourite deity, the Aradhya (the one who is worshipped), e.g. the Devi Mahamaya, the Gayatri Mantra, Shri Vishnu, the Shri Yantra, the Bhagwat Gita etc. You consider this Aradhya to be separate from yourself. There is duality, the Aradhya is different from the worshipper, you. You read, worship, do puja, sing the hymns/shloks, listen to its stotras, do rituals in its honor, adore and respect it. You request it to bless you, to give you boons.  The desire for experience starts building up here. Even Jyotish is a form of worship (Aradhana). I adore the graha, I do homa in their honor, I wear their gemstones, I charge myself with their beej mantras, I desire their blessings in making my life easier. (Most of us are at this level)

The second stage starts when you start experiencing whatever your Aradhya stands for. e.g. You feel the universal maternal love of the Devi. The inner meanings of the Bhagwat Gita as a Yog Shastra start becoming clear to you. Now your practice changes subtly, it internalises. You feel yourself to be a part of your Aradhya. And you start feeling your Aradhya in your soul. When you look at the sky you feel Shri Vishnu looking at you. You feel His love and gentle encouragement. As you do your Tratak with the Shri Chakra you sense your own internal chakra geometry buzzing. These signs are important as they indicate that you are on the right path. The karmic bindings are loosening, allowing you the merest glimpse of what lies beyond. (Some of us will pick on these subtle signals and act further, some of us won’t.)

As these gentle experiences become more frequent and intense, you too desire them more and more. Ultimately you start working with your pran, the practice internalises completely. The depth of the experience increases. And remember you are experiencing the Creative Aspect of Your Immense Self. So this experience will be very extensive and can be theoretically infinite. You will also gain some visible Siddhi and abilities, ie. visions, clairvoyance, clairaudience, ability to move things with thoughts etc. (Some of us will get fascinated by these and get side-tracked, some will ignore them and progress further.)

To Experience and Transcend

Then comes the test.

Like eating chocolate. You go to a shop and from the array of sweets you choose one. You read the contents, are curious and desire the experience. You buy it, open the wrapper and take a bite. It is a pleasant taste and you take several more bites. The chocolate pervades your senses. You see it, smell it, taste it, feel its texture, you become one with the chocolate and the chocolate becomes one with you, you feel the bliss. You eat and eat some more, till….

There is a limit to the experience.

How much? You cannot go on experiencing for ever. You do get satisfied (trupt तृप्त) and then stop eating the chocolate. You transcend the chocolate and its experience!

Spiritual practice is also the same.

A clue from Jyotish. Everything follows the same pattern. The 2nd and the 7th houses decide how much is going to give you satisfaction (trupti तृप्ति). Depending on the placements here, you can be satisfied with one chocolate or you will need to eat a thousand chocolates to be satisfied. Once you are satisfied you leave the shop. Or in other words you leave this physical body/manifestation. (Venus is the real Moksh-karak, agent of Moksh.)

By now your spiritual practice will have stabilized on the internal levels. You rarely do the external pujas or ritualistic activities now. The world seems curiously flat and one-dimensional. You do Dhyan and actively manipulate the pran later kundalini within your energy body. You are continuously experiencing every aspect of your Aradhya. Then there will come a point when you realise and experience Yourself as the Devi. (Only the rare few of us will experience this.)

But your Aradhya and your spiritual practice are still a part of the manifested Universe. The Aradhya is the Ray which has to be followed back to the Source. Depending on your horoscope, the path you have charted out for you in this life, you will either stop here or move even onward. As you experience your Aradhya, you will desire to follow it back to the Source. This ‘Desire’ would still be a part of the manifested, as you know that there is more to be experienced. The Ray (Prakruti) and the Light (Purush) are inseparable, one is the cause of the other. But they are still duality on the deepest level. One emits the Other and the Other is emitted by the One. But yet together they are a Whole. At this deepest part of your Dhyan, you, the Prakruti, the Purush all merge into something which is Advaita अद्वैत Asang असङ्ग etc. (unique, singular, non-attached, non-connected, un-created etc.)

Ultimately you are neither the Aham, nor your favourite deity/ Aradhya, nor the Dhyan/ the practice, nor the Prakruti, nor the Purush, because you cannot be defined by these limited words.

Can you speak/ explain in Hindi to someone who understands only Chinese? No, you can’t! Thus the Ultimate Reality cannot be cannot be described in this language of this manifested world.

If you are satisfied with the experiences of the manifested, you will want to transcend them till you reach Yourself. Only then you would be completely free of the karma bindings and the manifested world will vanish as if it were never there. This would happen in the deepest Dhyan. This would be the Moksh in the spiritual sense.

 

To Experience and Transcend