Spiritual Enlightenment

The meaning of Spiritual Enlightenment is liberation of Senses.

Transcendental knowledge – the spiritual knowledge of the Soul, of God, and of their relationship – is both purifying and liberating. Such knowledge is the fruit of selfless devotional action (karma yoga).When we speak of transcendental knowledge, we do so in terms of spiritual understanding. As such, there is nothing so sublime and pure as transcendental knowledge. Ignorance is the cause our bondage and knowledge is the cause of liberation.

Article of Shri. S.S.Yogi related to Spiritual Enlightenment and its culmination.

SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: We must always bear in mind the purpose of all spiritual practice – that is, to open a channel within us by which we may feel the presence of God and see what is now invisible to us. The channel is opened when we are able to drop the consciousness of the little “ I “ and free our mind from impurities or from its attachment to material things only. So the whole object of our practice is to make us pure and humble that we may approach God with openness of heart. There are various methods by which this may be accomplished – by prayer, by meditation, by work, devotion, self-sacrifice and self-control. If, however, we follow any one of these methods without remembering the purpose of it, it may produce just the result we are tying to avoid; that is, it may stimulate the ego and thus prove a drawback. No matter what we do, therefore, we must never lose sight of the fact that God is the Supreme Reality, the Highest Self.
He is the only one to be depended on, not the lower self, and constantly surrendering ourselves to Him in our thought will so purify us that we shall be able to find a connection or open a channel by which we may unite ourselves with the Supreme. This is what meant by religious practice or any other spiritual practice.

OUR BODY: Actually our body is a medium given by the God, the Almighty to represent him on this Planet, the Earth. If I could say in a simple language, our body is the pocket edition of this great Universe (Brahman).

In fact, the meaning of God itself is one which is Divine (Divyam) and it is nothing but our Spirit (Athma). It has no particular form and all the forms existing in this world are our mere imagination. Imagination real conviction and hard work can show a thing which is invisible to us. Our body is an instrumental holy Temple which carries the Soul, the great Athma. In Vedas, Upanishads and other religious books it is said the same thing. In the Holy Bible it is said in his gospel by Apostle John in the New Testament, 4-24, that the Athma (Spirit) is God. Actually this body is given to us by Him to realize the truth, that is Tatwamasi in Sanskrit means that is you or I am you. Our body is made of Pancha Bootha means five objects, viz. Ether, Air,
Earth, Fire and Water. In yoga principles our body is having seven centres known as Root, Hara, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third eye and Crown. All in the form of Chakra means wheels rotating continuously. All these centres have different colours, such as .Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet respectively. An enlightened person can see these colours transcendentally through the third eye (clairvoyance). Actually these are the colours we can find in the Universe physically and hence the above theory that the human body is a part and parcel of this great Universe is true and we and the Father are one. This part of the principle is known as Advaida in Vedanta philosophy which means God is not apart from us and is one. Most religions in the world are seeing God separate from them and this theory is not correct as per Vedanta and this theory is called in Sanskrit by the name Doitham means two. But this type of belief can be considered as the beginning of the spiritual movement. One has to travel a long from this stage to reach to the goal, which is the realization. The very conception of God is different from people to people and place to place.

The power within us is known as Jeevathma, individual Soul, and the power of the Universe is known as Paramathma, the Super Soul, both Sanskrit words. It is said in yoga science that our body is divided mainly in to three parts, viz. physical body, spiritual body, and energy body. This energy body is the body of the Universe or Paramathma (Super Soul). When this energy body comes into contact with the other two bodies due to various sadhanas and kriyas (spiritual work), the divine enlightenment will be occurred and such Athmas (great men) will enjoy the BLISS and LIBERTY known as MOKSHA in Sanskrit. This is known as real Yoga, means union with the Supreme Self which destroys all ignorance. The Jeevathma, individual spirit will have many births and deaths as per Vedanta philosophy all these being occurred as per the karma, deeds of the previous births. After the divine enlightenment as mentioned above, such Athmas (spirits) will have no re-birth as per Vedanta philosophy and they will be assimilated once for all with the Brahma, the great Universe.

Nature has no influence on the Supreme self of man, which is in reality one and the same with God; so Self-realization and God-vision are not two different things. Man is the expression of God and God is the reality of man. Real man and God are inseparable. Tatwamasi (Thou are That) – ‘’the Lord does not exist apart from you; find Him out within yourself”. We are the descendants of the infinite, all beautiful, all-living Spirit. The more we can form the habit of thinking of this, the greater will grow our inward power. In fact the great Spiritual teachers like Buddha and Christ preached that all can become like them. We can all attain the same perfection. But when we build our characters on the firm foundation of purity, unselfishness and non-attachment, will they remain unshaken in all the varying conditions of life and prove a living benediction to our fellow beings.
There are three things which are rare and only obtainable through the grace of the Supreme Being – human life, an earnest desire for liberation, and the helpful association of the Holy. No weak person can realize the Supreme Being.

Now coming to the point of your question as to how to see the reality, the answer is as follows. There are many ways to get enlightenment as mentioned above, out of which the main viable ways are:

1. Chanting sacred sounds which represent the God, continuously with devotion, concentration and conviction, like “OM “ Namasivaya Mantra”, the one which I chanted and got enlightenment as mentioned on my website. When we chant such sacred sounds uninterruptedly, it goes to the infinite like a chain and comes back to the body of the chanter in a similar way as it went. This is secret information. Thus the spiritual power is awakened and enlightenment will take place. There is a sacred power within us known as KUNDALINI SAKTI, the “Serpent Power.” which awakes and passes through upward direction in the human body duly breaking all upward centres mentioned above and the PRANA, the Life Force can be seen through the Anjha Chakra or Clairvoyance. The awakening of the Kundalini is the beginning of spiritual consciousness and its union with Siva in the Sahasrara or Crown Chakra-top of the head, which ends in Samadhi means- Deep meditation. This part is the Real Enlightenment and all the rest is incomplete.

2. Practising Yoga. There are many yoga ways out of which the important is Hadha Yoga and Raja Yoga. Since it is very difficult to practice Hadha Yoga for an ordinary person, one has to practice one part of it known as PRANAYAMA means Breathing exercises of different types of it is Meditation. Meditation is a constant remembrance of the object we meditate upon. It is described as like “an unbroken stream of oil poured from one vessel to another”. When we attain to this kind of remembrance in relation to the Supreme Being, then all the bonds of the heart break and it becomes illuminated by the presence of the Self. Through meditation we feel the nearness of Divinity. There is no other way to reach Him. No external power can give us the vision of God. Because He is the nearest of all friends, nearest of anything that we can perceive. ‘’He is greater than the greatest, smaller than the smallest, and He dwells in the core of every heart.” As long as we try to see Him outside of us, we never find Him, all our struggles are in vain. But when by experience we find it impossible to see Him outside of us, and then we turn our thoughts within and become meditative. Real Yoga practice is when we try to collect our thoughts from all sources, make them one and connect them with our Inner Self. All these things are to be done with the following properties. Good Character, Courtesy, Courage, Conviction and Commitment. All Spiritual practices finally reach to RAJA YOGA.

The above essence of life is not a leaflet or a pre-planned matter or any type of propaganda material Practicing Yoga. There are many yoga ways out of which the important is Hadha Yoga and Raja Yoga. Since it is very difficult to practice Hadha Yoga for an ordinary person, one has to practice one part of it known as PRANAYAMA means Breathing exercises of different types. Then Raja Yoga, the main feature of it is Meditation. Meditation is a constant remembrance of the object we meditate upon. It is described as like “an unbroken stream of oil poured from one vessel to another”. When we attain to this kind of remembrance in relation to the Supreme Being, then all the bonds of the heart break and it becomes illuminated by the presence of the Self. Through meditation we feel the nearness of Divinity. There is no other way to reach Him. No external power can give us the vision of God. Because He is the nearest of all friends, nearest of anything that we can perceive. ‘’He is greater than the greatest, smaller than the smallest, and He dwells in the core of every heart.” As long as we try to see Him outside of us, we never find Him, all our struggles are in vain. But when by experience we find it impossible to see Him outside of us, and then we turn our thoughts within and become meditative. Real Yoga practice is when we try to collect our thoughts from all sources, make them one and connect them with our Inner Self. All these things are to be done with the following properties. Good Character, Courtesy, Courage, Conviction and Commitment. All Spiritual practices finally reach to RAJA YOGA.