As we progress on the path leading to Self-Realization, or Moksha, there is a common point that is encountered, exemplified by Ram, known as "the dispassion of Ram" as recorded in the Yoga Vashista. Ram is an incarnation of Vishnu who came to show us what to expect on the path to Moksha, and beyond.
Our story begins when Ram is about 16 years old and has just returned from traveling around his father's kingdom. He sinks into a deep depression because he has realized the futility of life in the universe. He has realized that this universe is not at all real, it is just a mirage or illusion, so what is the purpose of continuing to live in this illusory place?
- Wealth does not satisfy; it generates a craving for more.
- Everyone seeks a long life span but this is only filled with misery.
- All suffering revolves around the sense of individuality.
- The mind is constantly dissatisfied and gets more restless each day.
- Desires and cravings drive us mad and can never be satisfied.
- The Body, a source of pleasure to some, is a home of illness, mental distress and changing emotions.
- Childhood, regarded by some as a period of happiness and innocence, is characterized by helplessness, foolishness, inability to express oneself, dependency on others and changing moods.
- Youth is a phase in life that is consumed by lust and passion.
- In old age the body is weak and unable to satisfy desires, yet the desires continue to flourish and it is too late to make one’s life meaningful.
- Death is inevitable.
- Hidden behind the treacherous joys of worldly life are the jaws of Death.
Ram's life shows us the solution to this delima. At first the natural reaction to such a realization is to withdraw, become selfish and self-centered, and attempt to disengage from the world. Even Ram did this for a while. But not long after his "dark night of the soul" experience, he realized that the key to happiness and fulfillment in life is service to others. So he vowed to become an exemplary leader and served the people of his father's kingdom, and later his kingdom, for the rest of his life.
Ram was nothing like the current crop of world "leaders" who are greedy, simple-minded, self-centered people, and not leaders at all. A true leader gives selflessly of his time, knowledge, and resources to uplift and support everyone. A true leader thinks only of the welfare of the person that crosses his or her path and showers unconditional love and acceptance on the person. This is the life of someone in Brahman Consciousness.
The next step beyond the dispassion of Ram is Brahman Consciousness! So cheer up if you find yourself in this predicament, you are on the threshhold of Moksha and life in Brahman Consciousness.
How to take the next step and achieve Moksha? Transcend. That is the one thing, actually the only thing, that anyone can do to achieve Moksha, and Moksha is the goal of human existence. We must go beyond the 4 individual bodies (anamaya kosha, pranamaya kosha, manomaya kosha, vijanamaya kosha) and experience ourself as the Anandamaya Kosha. One experience of Anandama Kosha changes everything (Maharishi referred to this a "big T Transcending") - this is the dawn of Moksha.
Fortunately, transcending is effortless and possible for anyone who can think a thought. But the experience of the Anandamaya Kosha can take time and persistent practice of meditation techniques. The universe is actually a mental construct in the mind of the Creator, and we are dream creatures in the vast dream which is our universe. Each one of us has the same capability as the Creator to use our minds to create. We just need training and practice.
If we really want to achieve the goal of human existence in this lifetime, it will take dedication to the practice of meditation. Everytime we meditate we make a step of progress. So we set aside a few minutes a day to meditate.
That seems simple enough, but in practice it is often not so simple to set aside the time every single day to practice meditation. This is the reason we are establishing communities of like-minded individuals who all are intent on achieving Moksha in this lifetime. To make sure you accomplish the goal of human existence in this lifetime, join a Goloka Sanctuary Community!
A human life is the most precious thing in the universe and very rare. We have existed in this universe for over 150 trillion years. Imagine the lifetimes you have wasted by not achieving Moksha - tens of thousands. But this life will be different. In this life you know the value of Moksha and you know how to achieve it. It will not be easy because the winds of your karma are opposed to Moksha. You will need to exert your will and determination and you need to shield your life from your karma. Then you can succeed.
The MahaYajna Vitara is an essential tool for achieving Moksha because it will shield your life from your karma.