In the previous episode, we had witnessed yet another important point with respect to our Atman. As we’re entering into Bhagawan Krishna’s important accord to Bhagawan Brahma, we’re witnessing this important categorization of the Atman. We’ve witnessed the three categories. Viz., “Baddhan”, “Muktan” and “Nityan”. We’ve witnessed the detailed description of the first two categories of the Atman – Baddhan is the one that is totally engulfed into the “Karma” cycle of repeated birth and death in this world. The second one, “Muktan” is the one that is able to liberate itself from this “Karma” cycle by surrendering to Bhagawan’s feet and using this human birth as an opportunity to spiritually progress to that level of attaining “Moksha”. This is where we also witnessed the process of how we attain Moksha after this human birth. As we come to the end of this human birth, our present “Shareera” gets disposed off (burnt) and we take a new “Shareera” after taking a dip at the banks of the Viraja River. With that “Shareera”, we progress upwards towards Vaikunta or Paramapada which is the ultimate abode of Bhagawan Vishnu. Once we reach there, we become “Muktaatma” and would never return back again to this world.
Moving further with this understanding a little bit more, as we’ve seen that we would be taking a different “Shareera” as we proceed to “Moksha”, we should understand that this new “Shareera” is purely divine in nature. It is composed only of the “Satva Guna” (Righteousness and purity personified). Our physical body that we have now in this world is a combination of the three “Gunas” – “Satva”, “Rajas” and “Tamas”. This is why we always keep witnessing see-saw swings in our daily lives – At times we would be very happy, peaceful and balanced. Suddenly we would feel that anger is taking over our demeneaur for no reason! At times, we would feel like sleeping for a long time and thus, laziness takes over our physical body, making it inactive. Thus, we can see here that a combination of these three “Gunas” – Sathva, Rajas and Tamas acts upon our “Shareera” in this human form at the same time. However, as we move into the different “Shareera”, post the Viraja river, it would only be of the “Sathvik” quality.
With this understanding, we should now witness what is the “real” meaning of attaining Vaikunta. What would be the state of Vaikunta? Is it the purest state of happiness or bliss? Or, is it the purest state of sorrow? Or, is it a place where nothing at all is there? Won’t we have any sort of experience at Vaikunta? All these questions might be intriguing our minds as we continue to read. We get these questions in mind because of some propagations that “Mukthi” is a state wherein there would be nothing in it. We would be totally devoid of any sort of divine experiences. There would be no happiness, nor sorrow! This is a wrong propagation and if some of us are into such things, it is better that we learn deeply about this and then propagate. Vedas and our “Sanaatana Dharma” texts never talk about all of such things. “Moksha” or “Vaikunta” is a divine place and all experiences that we would get there would be so pure, happy and divine. Unlike this world where we live in – We experience both happiness and sorrow alternatively, isn’t it? However, in Vaikunta, there is no question of sorrow at all – Because, we’re going to eliminate all our sorrows and miseries here itself, before we transcend to Vaikunta.
This is exactly like how we have a bag full of rice grains, that are mixed with stones and sand particles. What do we do usually? We put the entire mixture into a plate, pick up all the unwanted stone and sand particles and thus separate the rice grains from all of them, isn’t it? Similarly, in this human birth, we pick up and throw all our unwanted sorrows, miseries, catastrophes, etc. and finally as we ascend towards “Moksha” we become like those pure white rice grains, sans the stone and sand particles. However, we might again ask this question – “Is this the real analogy that we can give for the Vaikunta experience”? We can still negate this. Because, as we separate the rice grains from the sand and stone particles, we would still get the earthly smell or taste of sand isn’t it? Although we might have been successful in physically separating the rice from the sand particles, there are some innate characteristics that would still stick to the rice particles, which we would not be able to separate. Similarly, even in this world, if we’re still able to eliminate all our sorrows and miseries, we would still be able to recollect some sorrow that we had many years back, isn’t it? Those thoughts would never vanish from our minds until we die. However, the Vaikunta experience isn’t like this – It is even beyond this. If we thus talk about the Vaikunta experience, it is even devoid of these thoughts that are deep within. There is absolutely no trace of even any bad thoughts, sorrows or miseries. This is the amount of purity that we’re talking about, when we understand the “Vaikunta Experience”.
Let us look at another analogy here – For instance, all of us know the characteristics of diamond. When we buy some diamond stones from the jewellery shop and take it to a person who can identify which of the stones are pure and which ones are faulty. The blacksmith would segregate the two categories of stones by looking carefully at each stone under the mirror. Of course, the faulty ones can be corrected and made pure stones of diamond. However, there is a difference between the two categories, isn’t it? The first category which is originally pure without any fault is like the “Vaikunta Experience”. Whereas, the second category of faulty diamond stones which were polished to make them pure, is like our “Manushya” experience, where we try and progress spiritually and correct all our faults, sorrows and miseries! This is the difference we should understand when it comes to the “Vaikunta Experience”!
So for today, let us spend a thought on this and let us try and understand this difference very clearly. We shall wait till the next episode to witness the continuation of this discussion in detail! Stay tuned! 😊