by Air Atman In Ravi
What is Moksha?
Moksha is the goal of life. Every human being's aim is to be liberated. What is Liberation? Liberation is escaped from the cycle of birth and death.
It is escaping from misery, suffering and pain. It is self-realization. It is freedom or mukti.
Why are we born?
What are all these concepts trying to convey to us? It is very difficult for the common man to think about Moksha, Liberation and Self-Realization because we are not mindful of the truth.
We are so preoccupied and busy with worldly matters that we think we are born to live and to die in pursuit of success, happiness and achievement. We mistake them to be the goals of life.
In fact, anything remotely spiritual switches off our mind. Spiritual Enlightenment is not on our agenda. But what is this Spiritual Enlightenment, this Spiritual Awakening?
Realize the Truth!
Very few people go on a Talaash, a Search to realize the truth, to realize the self. Very few people go on a quest for Moksha.
Moksha, Mukti, Liberation, Salvation, Enlightenment - these are all different words for the same state of mind, the same state of consciousness. Moksha is self-realization.
It is liberation from the body and mind. We are actually prisoners in a body-mind complex. We are the Soul, the life energy that is within. But we mistake ourselves to be the body and mind.
Moksha or Self-Realization liberates us from this ignorance. It frees us from the body-mind complex to unite with the Universal Power.
It starts with a quest and then helps us become one with the liberator, the Creator whom we call God. Yes, Moksha is the goal of humanity.
But very few people, less than 1% of humanity even start a search for Moksha. Those who realize the truth are liberated. They do not come back to this world again.
They live a life of joy, peace and bliss.
The Path to Liberation
The first step towards attaining Moksha or Liberation is to realize who we are not.
We are not the body that we wear; we are not the mind that produces about 50,000 thoughts a day, nor are we the ego that entraps us in false beliefs.
Once we realize what we are not, then we evolve to realize who we truly are and we are on the path to Liberation.