Binding and Release of the Soul

The origin is a Singular Eternal Reality.

No one can really can describe this Eternal Reality in the words of this manifested reality /’Maya’.

Maya is taken to mean illusion, which is incorrect. Maya is a Sanskrit word which means ‘not this’. Thus the ‘manifested reality’ called Maya cannot be conclusively proved to be real nor can it be conclusively proved to be un-real. Thus you, your body and the Universe around you is neither illusion nor reality.

The Singular Reality /Parabrahma first gives rise to duality. The first step is the creation of ‘still unmoving energy’ called Purush and the ‘energy in movement’ called Prakruti. Simply put, still energies are called ‘masculine’ and moving energies are called ‘feminine’ (they do not have a gender, there is nothing sexist about all this). creation preservation and dissolution.jpegWhy does the Singularity differentiate?

What is this first impulse? The first impulse or the origin of this first impulse also cannot be completely described in the words of this Maya. The Nasadiya Sukta (10th mandala 129th sukta of the Rg Ved) gives a background to what this Singularity is like (the first 2 verses) and why did it differentiate (verse 3). There is concept from Sankhya which states that everything that manifests, first exists in seed form before it can be manifested. (e.g. A human does not have horns because he does not have the potential to form horns. But he has the potential to form a hand thus hands are formed. However the human is much more than just the hand. Similarly the One). The Sukta in this first three shloks says that the One has the potential to form several things, and that its Entirety cannot be fathomed.

And the Sukta frames these concepts as questions. It does not want you to blindly follow whatever it says. You are expected to think over it and come to your own conclusions. You may agree or disagree or have no opinion, it is upto you. You are prime. Follow whatever you feel convinced about, remember your Conscience is your only guide. This is the characteristic of only Sanatan Dharm/Hinduism. It is not a religion, you are not expected to follow something because it is written somewhere. Questions are to be asked in the true spirit and answers sought. This is Dharma, the foundation.

Back to Creation. The Light Source emits the Ray. Both are connected, one cannot exist without the other. Though both are the same light, there is a subtle difference between these two. Similarly are the Purush and the Prakruti, these two are in eternal conjunction, same, yet subtly different.

The Purush is the Witness. He observes what is being done by the Prakruti. He is ‘being’, the Still Intelligence. He is the subject. The Purush is not attached to anything nor does he change. Neither does he get involved in or entangled in or moved by whatever is being performed by the Prakruti, he is completely indifferent. He witnesses just because there is ‘something’ to be witnessed. He is not compelled to observe it.

The Prakruti is the object, Spontaneous Motion (she is ‘Sahaj’, ‘Sahaj’ is a very important  concept, might write a full post on this later.) She called the ‘Devi‘/ ray of light. She is ‘becoming’ and goes about ‘becoming’ further creation. She plays the Game, Lila, she is called ‘Lalita’, the ‘one who plays’. She does all this out of spontaneity, no other reason. And as she is the Light of the Purush, so, she plays and the Purush observes. There is no requirement for her to perform for the Purush. It just Is. He IS and She IS, because duality exists, no other reason. He is Stillness, She is Spontaneity. This just Is.dance of prakruti for the purushShe does not observe, she experiences and evolves. She plays with her energy in whichever way possible. There is no judgement, no reason, only energy, actions and further linked actions, all sorts of permutations and combinations. She spontaneously creates the entire experience. There is a fire burning, you see the sparks moving from it spontaneously, ‘playing’. In the micro and the macro levels, i.e. the following are all her energy,

  • The body which will experience – the physical body composed of the Sapta-dhatu, the Panch-pran, the panch-kosh etc.
  • the organs which will be used to experience – (these are 11, the 5 organs of senses, the five organs of actions and the Aham-kaar, the sense of ‘I’ individuality.)
  • The objects of experience (also the subtle seeds of the experience- tanmatra)
  • Bhava, the ‘essences’, ‘feelings’ which are necessary to add value to the experience
  • And finally the Discriminating Knowledge – this is the one who puts a stop to the experience. The limit of experience. This is spontaneously manifested in Her then she is done ‘playing’.

Thus she creates the individual body and the individual Universe, maintains it and then dissolves it. (Your body and Universe is different from my body and Universe. Every individual soul is linked to an individual Purush-Prakruti combo. The Singularity creates every soul separately.)

Prakruti is not Intelligence. There is only one objective in all her actions, i.e. to spontaneously create the experience which because of their link, the Purush will witness. The Purush is not compelled to witness it. She does just this, nothing else. The Prakruti binds her energies with herself. She is bound in her own manifested creation by the seven forms (Roop) of virtue, vice, dispassion, passion, power, weakness and ignorance. These seven forms are also created by herself.

(These leads to the creation of Karma. She modifies herself and creates new experiences to resolve this karma and then creates even more karma, in a cycle. The karma is then the framework for ‘play’.)

She performs the entire dance of creation, preservation and dissolution. She stops when the Knowledge of Singularity (Ek-Roop) is manifested within herself. She manifests this too. Under the influence of this Knowledge, her outgoing/kinetic energy stops. Now the seven forms of her own bindings over her vanish as if they have never existed. The Purush has witnessed and her performance has ceased. She, the artist, stands still on the stage as He, the spectator, stands unmoving in the viewing gallery. They are still duality, now there is no motive for creation, as there is the Knowledge of Singularity in her.

Now, the perfect Knowledge has been attained, the perfect performance delivered and the witness has experienced it perfectly. The reason why duality was manifested in the first place has been satisfied. But the body and the Universe incarnated by her remains manifested. It is just like a fan, when you switch it off, it still moves for a few minutes before stopping completely. This stage of existence is called Jivan-Mukt. The individual soul remains in the manifested body/Universe but the binding of karma does not exist.

 

prakruti creating for the purush(These are very deep philosophies which are actual experiences. All of us will go through this. I will continue on the same theme in my next post.)

Amrit Sukta..

The body is electromagnetic, the energy cores of the body are the six chakras in the spine and the 6 chakras in the head, vertices which power the system through the naadis (electrical wires!) and the electricity is called “prana“. There are 5 main types of pranic energies of which 2 are the most important. In an average human the naadi grid system, the chakra powerstations and the prana electricity itself is in a very sorry state of affairs. The primary reason for this is that we do not breathe properly. Surprised? Two reasons,

  1. Our breathing has become dependant on our emotional state, and just look at the range of emotions we go through in an average day. So breathing is highly compromised
  2. We are not aware of our breathing. It has become so mechanical that we really do not pay attention to our breathing.
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Breathing is just not the physical act of taking in air and then pushing out that air. Breathing is actually the action of 2 types of electricities, Prana which enters the body with energies from the universe and apan which sends out energies which are not needed from the body. If you ever learn to “see” your naadis and the prana energy moving through them you can observe the energy from the universe, first enters the body with the indrawn breath at the ajnya chakra, third eye. The seat of consciousness of at the ajnya chakra. After this the prana gets distributed throughout the body.

This brings me to my favourite sukta, Amrit Sukta from the Rig veda. This is also recited as Rudra Laghu Nyasa. Uma Mohan has recited the Rudra Laghu nyasa and Rattan Mohan Sharma has chanted just the Amrit sukta. Both renditions are exceptionally beautiful, do listen to them sometime, it touches your soul. I have listened to them both for hours and hours on a loop. It does induce a trance, a light meditative state, it is very enjoyable.

अ॒ग्निर्मे॑ वा॒चि श्रि॒तः । वाग्धृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

वा॒युर्मे॓ प्रा॒णे श्रि॒तः । प्रा॒णो हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

सूर्यो॑ मे॒ चक्षुषि श्रि॒तः । चक्षु॒र्-हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

च॒ंद्रमा॑ मे॒ मन॑सि श्रि॒तः । मनो॒ हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

दिशो॑ मे॒ श्रोत्रे॓ श्रि॒ताः । श्रोत्र॒ग्॒ं॒ हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

आपोमे॒ रेतसि श्रि॒ताः । रेतो हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

पृ॒थि॒वी मे॒ शरी॑रे श्रि॒ताः । शरी॑र॒ग्॒ं॒ हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

ओ॒ष॒धि॒ व॒न॒स्पतयो॑ मे॒ लोम॑सु श्रि॒ताः । लोमा॑नि॒ हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

इंद्रो॑ मे॒ बले॓ श्रि॒तः । बल॒ग्॒ं॒ हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

प॒र्जन्यो॑ मे॒ मू॒र्द्नि श्रि॒तः । मू॒र्धा हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

ईशा॑नो मे॒ म॒न्यौ श्रि॒तः । म॒न्युर्-हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

आ॒त्मा म॑ आ॒त्मनि॑ श्रि॒तः । आ॒त्मा हृद॑ये । हृद॑यं॒ मयि॑ । अ॒हम॒मृते॓ । अ॒मृतं॒ ब्रह्म॑णि ।

पुन॑र्म आ॒त्मा पुन॒रायु॒ रागा॓त् ।

पुनः॑ प्रा॒णः पुन॒राकू॑त॒मागा॓त् ।

वै॒श्वा॒न॒रो र॒श्मिभि॑र्-वावृधा॒नः ।

अ॒ंतस्ति॑ष्ठ॒त्वमृत॑स्य गो॒पाः ॥

May Agni (fire) move into Vaach (sound), Vaach move into the Hrudaya (true divine knowledge/center/veda/soul/ajnya chakra), the Aham (Ego/I) move into Amrita (Non-death/beloved), Non-death move into the Brahma (divine)

May Vayu( (vital air) move into Prana (life/power/spirit), Prana move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May Surya(energy of sun) move into the Chakshu (eye/sight), Chakshu move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May the Chandrama (lunar energies) move into the Mann (visualization/belief), Mann move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May the Disha (direction/region) move into the Shrotra (ear/hearing/knowledge of vedas), Shrotra move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May the Aap (fluidity/flow) move into the Reta (seed/current/progeny), the Reta move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May the Prithvi (earth element) move into the Sharir (solidity/strength), Sharir move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May Aushadhi (remedy/herb) vanaspati move into the Loam (fine hair), the Loam move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May Indra (excellent/chief/night/human soul) move into Bal (force/power/stamina), Bal move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May Parjanya (rain/rain cloud) move into Murgha (top of head/summit/point), Murgha move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May Ishan (wealthy/master/splendour) move into Manyu (passion/high spirit/zeal/sacrifice), Manyu move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May Atma (self/soul) move into the Atma, Atma move into the Hrudaya, the Ego move into Non-death, Non-death move into the Brahma

May again the soul again be in harmony with the Higher Life (Ayu)

May the (prana) life force move towards the Intention (Aakut)

May the Universal energies increase the strings/vibrations/rays (Rashmi)

And remain within the guardian (Gopa) of the Non-death (Amrit)

This is a very inadequate translation. Devbhasha Samskritam cannot be translated into other languages, because there are no corresponding words and the real meaning of sanskrit words involves intention too. I do not translate sanskrit mantras/suktas ever, because they can never understood intellectually. These have to be felt and experienced. Still because this is the sukta which describes the movement of the energies necessary if we are to realise moksha, raise the kundalini/attain perfect knowledge, I tried to translate it.

(I use the website spokensanskrit.org for the meanings because it gives multiple meanings for the sanskrit words)

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And this movement of energy happens only when you are the Dhyan state when all the pran has been withdrawn from all the other naadis of the bodies and now moves only inside the shushumna naadi.

In this state of deep dhyan the breathing movement of the body stops, no air is exchanged. The prana directly enter the ajnya chakra/hrudaya. The ajnya chakra does not allocate this vital life force for bodily functions and organs of sense and action etc. The body may seem dead physically. This state is when samadhi can occur.

It is also interesting that when we are sleeping, the ajnya chakra sends the prana energy to the top of the head, the dashangula sthana. Sleep is a highly mysterious state which our scientists are trying to map with brainwaves and stuff. If they learn to see the prana flowing along the naadis all their research will be complete.

And you can also learn to observe this high energy drama going on inside your own bodies, start by learning to see aura first, then try to observe the movements of the chakras in the palms, then the 7 chakras and the naadis. It requires regular practice that is all.

There are so many mysteries inside your own self, so much to know and experience.

I really wonder how we humans can waste our time seeking temporary stuff on the outside when the inner world is so enormous, so extraordinary..

 

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