In the previous episode, we had tried our best to “decode” the “Moksha” or “Vaikunta” experience by understanding some important points pertaining to how do we reach Vaikunta or “Moksha”. The ultimate understanding here is that, the Vaikunta experience is as pure as the faultless diamond stones and is totally devoid of any sort of bad or sorrowful experiences, which we often experience in this world due to our own “Karma”. We thus, should understand that attaining Vaikunta or Paramapada or Moksha are one and the same, and for that, we need to “qualify” ourselves. Just like how we’ve to pass the entrance tests to get into prestigious institutions like the IIT’s and IIM’s in India, we should also pass all the “entrance exams” that Bhagawan is conducting for us, so as to make ourselves eligibile for admission into the most prestigious place called “Vaikunta”! J We should understand this firmly and thus, focus our spiritual practices into this ultimate goal.
Now for attaining this “Vaikunta”, we should first of all have the motivation isn’t it? For instance, if we do not even know that gold or diamond are the most expensive ornaments ever, why are we even going to go to the jewellery shop? If our interest is never into getting into an IIT or an IIM, why at all should we work so hard and write tough entrance examinations to clear them? Thus, if we’re going to limit ourselves within our own small framework of life, without gaining the awareness that there is something that is much better and priceless to attain, how are we going to take any steps towards attaining that? This is where, the awareness is very much required and this is why we’re having all such discussions as part of this blog series. We’re witnessing this Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana for so many episodes for more than a year now, only for the prime reason that we’ve to inculcate that awareness of how blissful Vaikunta and Bhagawan are. Only if we know and understand this bliss, will we gain interest in our pursuit towards “Moksha” isn’t it? This is also why our ancient Maharishis have documented all of Bhagawan’s interesting “Leelas” (Divine plays) in the form of Shrimad Ramayana, Mahabharata, Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana, etc. so that, we would be able to experience all of these in a lucid form. Thus, if we’re not taking efforts to read through our rich scriptural texts of our Sanaatana Dharma literature, how are we going to gain that interest of attaining “Moksha”? This is why we have this entire blog series called “The Indian Dharma”, which is solely aimed at creating that awareness and interest in us to follow the path of attaining the highest “Moksha”.
This apart, now we should understand the path that would take us to “Vaikunta”. We’ve already discussed a glimpse of this in the past as well, but here we shall discuss it in detail – In order to attain the highest Vaikunta experience, we should be devoid of both our “Paapa Karma” (Bad deeds) and “Punya Karma” (Good deeds). Our “Karma balance” in our account should be totally zero! Many of us might have the myth here – If we perform lot of “Punya Karma” we would be able to attain “Moksha”. This is never going to happen. If our “Punya Karma” count becomes more and more, we would only attain the “Svarga Lokha”, which is also called “Indra Lokha”. There of course, we would be able to enjoy all the happiness and bliss of that “lokha” and finally when our “Punya Karma” account gets over, we would again be pushed back to this “Manushya Lokha”, only to take another birth as a human being or any animal. Of course on the other hand, we also know that if our “Paapa Karma” (Sins) outnumber our “Punya”, we would enter into the treacherous “Naraka Lokha” – A detailed description of Naraka Lokha and its constituents have been discussed in our older episodes. Readers can go back to those episodes and witness the description for more details. However, after we experience all the punishments for our “Paapa Karma” at the “Naraka Lokha”, we would again be pushed into this “Manushya Lokha”, only to take re-birth as a human being or an animal!
Thus, we should understand here that attaining Vaikunta is possible only if we neutralize both our “Paapa” and “Punya” accounts. If either of it outnumbers each other, we would either go to “Svarga” or “Naraka Lokha” respectively, and once again come back to this same “Manushya Lokha” only. This is why it takes lot of time and births for us to attain that ultimate goal. Moreover, we should also understand that many a times, we might not even attain the “Svarga” or “Naraka Lokha” straightaway after the end of every birth. Depending upon our previous “Karma”, we would again take birth in this world as a living or a non-living object, again perform all possible good / bad “Karma”, and only if we cross the threshold of either of them, we would be able to even transcend to the “Svarga / “Naraka Lokha”. It is thus amidst this continuous process of repeated births and deaths, do we slowly come to the state of neutralizing both our “Paapa” and “Punya Karmaas” together. This is the time that we would be able to transcend beyond the “Svarga” and “Naraka Lokha” towards the highest “Vaikunta” and those “Atmans” that are able to transcend towards the “Vaikunta” are referred to as the “Muktaatmas”. Once the “Muktaatmas” reach Vaikunta, they automatically get transformed to “Nityaatmas”, or “Nitya Jeevas”, wherein, from that point onwards, they would permanently be residing only at Vaikunta, never to come back to this “Manushya Lokha” again!
So for today, let us understand this process very clearly and in the next episode, we shall continue this discussion further to witness who are some examples of “Nityaatmas” as we move on further! Stay tuned! 🙂