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Moksha According to Yogic Philosophies

[17 Feb 2011 | One Comment | 26 views | Author: Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT]
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Moksha According To Yogic PhilosophiesMoksha is a term used in many Indian religions. Someone who is thought to experience Moksha is absolved of the suffering and constant rebirth (reincarnation) that life brings. Constantly going through life and death is not considered to be a good thing according to many religious Indian people.

In Hinduism, Moksha cannot be obtained until one reaches a state of full self realization. A Hindu is likely to practice at least one form of Yoga. They also realize that God shows up in many different forms and is unlimited. He shows up personally and sometimes impersonally.

Four Yogas will take someone on the path to Moksha:

1. Karma Yoga – Work for the supreme.

2. Jnana Yoga – Realize the supreme.

3. Raja Yoga – Meditation on the supreme.

4. Bhakti Yoga – Serve the supreme with love and devotion.

Depending on which school of Hindu one decides to follow they will be required to follow one path or another. There are two major schools that are followed nowadays.

1. Bhakti Branch – This branch sees God as a highly worshipped object of love. Every single aspect of God is worshipped the same because every single thing about him is the same as a ray of beautiful sunlight. When one follows this branch they are believed to soon find the truth about themself and their karma disappears wheter it was good or bad before they started practicing.

2. Advaita Vedanta Branch – This is a branch that sees no separation between realities and god.

These are only two branches of many. I used them as examples because they are two of the largest schools as of today. No matter which branch (or school) one decides to follow they must do so under the guidance of a Guru or Siddha. However, the teacher is not allowed to intervene they are only around to inspire.

Once an individual reaches a state of Moksha they are finally at total peace (Shanti), enlightenment (Kaivalya) and knowledge (Videh). This is the end result of a very long road of practice. The Yoga practitioner must be careful not to acquire any Siddhis (spiritual power) because they can be a hindrance to achieving Moksha.

If you are familiar with Buddhism then you have likely heard the word enlightenment. Moksha is very similar to enlightenment with the main difference being that enlightenment is an end goal for Buddhism and Moksha for Yogic practices. Putting the end to the endless rebirth and suffering we experience on this planet sounds like a wonderful thing to experience.

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  • a.k.satsangi said:

    Rebirth is �YES�. I know about my previous birth. My most Revered Guru of my previous life His Holiness Maharaj Sahab, 3rd Spiritual Head of Radhasoami Faith had revealed this secret to me during trance like state.
    HE told me, �Tum Sarkar Sahab Ho� (You are Sarkar Sahab). Sarkar Sahab was one of the most beloved disciple of His Holiness Maharj Sahab.

    Since I don�t have any direct realization of it so I can not claim the extent of its correctness. But it seems to be correct. During my previous birth I wanted to sing the song of �Infinite� but I could not do so then since I had to leave the mortal frame at a very early age. But through the unbounded Grace and Mercy of my most Revered Guru that desire of my past birth is being fulfilled now.

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