What Is Attaining Moksha (Liberation)?
Nobody in the world wants to feel pain, suffering or to really hurt another living being, but still, everybody is suffering. All of us want happiness that is permanent, and this suffering is because of the ignorance of the Self and lack of awareness of how the world runs. When you enter a dark room, you will bang on the objects or people in the room and will get hurt. But when somebody switches on the light in the room, you will see and handle them without getting hurt. Similar is the condition of our lives when there is the light of the Self. Once the ignorance leaves, you will find that things will be simpler and straightforward. Just as darkness disappears when there is light, ignorance of the Self disappears in the presence of Knowledge. The real light can only be given by a Gnani (The Awakened One; Self-Realized), who is the enlightened light. With this light, i.e., the Knowledge of the Self, one can attain Moksha (liberation).
Definition of Moksha:
The definition of Moksha is to attain the awareness of being free.
“The complete removal of Kashays (anger-pride-deceit-greed) is called Moksha (Ultimate Liberation). First, the Kashays get ‘liberation’ and then comes ‘that’ (Ultimate Liberation)!” –Param Pujya Dadabhagwan
Two Stages of Moksha:
There are two stages of Moksha. The first stage is when you experience freedom from unhappiness in this very life. Even in the midst of suffering, you experience the bliss of the Self from within.
“Where the attachment and abhorrence does not occur is considered to be the path of Moksha” – Param Pujya Dadabhagwan
The second stage of Moksha is attained when you become free from all your karmas, i.e., freedom from all attachment of worldly atoms. Not a single atom remains attached to your Soul. All the karmas are completely exhausted (cleaned) and you become free from the cycle of birth and death. This is the Ultimate Liberation!
What happens when you attain Moksha (Ultimate Liberation)?
After Self Realization, You remain the Knower-Seer without any attachment-abhorrence (raag-dwesh). Therefore you do not need a physical (sthool) body in the permanent abode of absolutely liberated Souls (Siddha Kshetra). Once You attain liberation and go to Siddha Kshetra, You remain in the infinite bliss of the Self while being the Knower and Seer of the whole Universe including the plane of existence of humans, animals, plants and other life forms, celestial world and the realm of existence of hellish beings.
How do you (Soul) go to Siddha Kshetra after Moksha (Ultimate Liberation)?
The very nature of the Soul is that it is eternal and floats upwards due to its lightness. But due to the veils of ignorance over the Soul (avaran), the Soul gets heavy and takes the lower life form as per the level of avaran. After Self Realization, one experiences the bliss of the Self amidst all unhappiness in this life and then comes the second stage in which one becomes free from all the attachments of worldly atoms. All the atoms around the Soul shed off, and the Soul floats to the Upper World, which is the Siddha Kshetra.
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