Why are we not born enlightened?
The enlightened one, the Jivanmukta
Those who have experienced full nirvikalpa or asamprajnata samadhi attain Jivanmukti. Those who have achieved Jivanmukti, liberation in the body, are called Jivanmukta, liberated alive. A Jivanmukta has fully experienced: “Aham Brahmasmi” - “I am Brahman, the universal consciousness.” A Jivanmukta has awakened from the dream of ignorance. A Jivanmukta permanently knows that the consciousness behind all beings, that his essence is one with God. In everyday life, the Jivanmukta has a double consciousness: He sees the world as we do. But at the same time he is fully aware of the presence of God. A jivanmukta no longer acts to achieve anything. A jivanmukta acts spontaneously to do the will of God. He does not identify with anything, is not attached to anything. It's full of ananda, joy. All of his actions are out of pure love.
When a jivanmukta dies, it is called mahasamadhi, "great samadhi". In India, the dead are usually cremated. There are two exceptions: A swami (monk / nun) is typically thrown into a river after death. A Jivanmukta is buried and a "Samadhi Shrine", a kind of mausoleum, is built over it. Nor is it said that a Jivanmukta dies. There are two expressions for this: "The Master has entered Mahasamadhi". Or: "The master has given up his body." Small note: Originally the term mahasamadhi was only used by really self-realized masters. Nowadays some terms that used to be very special are used in a somewhat “inflationary” way. Nowadays, almost every master who has left his body, disciples speak of having attained Mahasamadhi.
When a self-realized master enters Mahasamadhi, he first goes through the same stages as a master who has attained Samprajnata Samadhi:
- He announces his physical death.
- He enters Bhur Loka with his astral body. In most cases he appears to his closest disciples and leads them to higher levels of consciousness or gives them important instructions in a subtle way.
- He creates or leaves behind a "Sankalpa" or a "Sukshma Swarupa", which becomes the channel of God and can also guide the students in the future.
- He dissolves the astral body and enters Swar Loka, the causal world. Here he connects with the primordial grounds of the universe, with the personality of God, with the primordial roots of being and helps the progress of creation in a very subtle way.
- He also dissolves the causal body, leaving everything relative and merging permanently with Brahman. In this way he enters into permanent liberation, into nirvana, into pure being. Even if he continues to inspire and guide his students through his Sankalpa or Sukshma Swarupa, he has ceased to exist as an individual. He is now permanently and fully awakened.
The state of liberation of a realized one after his death is difficult to grasp. On the one hand, he ceases to exist as an individual - he has become what he always was: infinite, eternal consciousness. On the other hand, countless people have visions of their Master. I know numerous people who, for example, had and still have visions from Swami Sivananda. I am one of them myself. I had some visions in which Swami Sivananda was almost physically noticeable and gave me clear instructions, which among other things led to the establishment of Yoga Vidya and again and again new developments in Yoga Vidya. Students of so many yoga masters have had similar experiences. But this is not limited to yoga masters either. Apparitions of Mary and visions of many saints are not so rare, for example, among Catholics. This phenomenon is explained by the yoga masters with the "Sankalpa", the "Sukshma Swarupa", which the master created and through which God himself can work if the student is open to it. So God speaks to man through this thought form, he appears to man through this form. Ultimately, the Masters say this even when they are still alive: “If you have experienced anything positive from me, it was God's grace. It wasn't I who worked a miracle, but God himself. "Even Jesus said:" Your faith has helped you. "
I have now written relatively matter-of-factly about the experience of the great masters. We have to realize that their experience is indescribable. You have access to other levels and dimensions. We cannot imagine their state of consciousness. My words are certainly insufficient to write about these incredibly lofty experiences. Even a worldly experience is hard to describe. How does an adult want to describe to a child what being in love is? How does a sighted person want to explain what color is to someone born blind? How does a yoga practitioner want to explain to someone what deep relaxation feels like? How can you describe a somewhat deeper meditation to someone who has never meditated? So it is utterly impossible to put nirvikalpa samadhi or the experience of a jivanmukta into words. Suffice it to say: Nirvikalpa Samadhi, Jivanmukti, is the greatest thing there can be in this world. Consciously or unconsciously, all beings strive for it. We are born again and again until we reach this state. So it's good to keep reminding yourself: That's where I want to go. I want to give everything for that. And it says: If the desire for liberation (Mumukshutwa) is greater than all other wishes combined, then we can still achieve liberation in this life.
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