Moksha, or Liberation, is the ultimate goal of every individual. Moksha is the experience of, and realization that the individual self is the same as the Universal Supreme Self. It is an expansion of individual consciousness into the Universal consciousness. Liberation is not something attained after one’s life, rather, it is a permanent merger with one’s True Divine Nature.
Every individual soul has its unique path of evolution. One chooses their path to gain the necessary experiences for their soul to evolve and to repay karmic debts. One’s birth ends with the death of the body, but the soul has accumulated karmas. The soul takes birth as a different personality and starts with the karmic balance that it accumulated. Typically, instead of bringing the karmic balance to zero, more actions are performed, increasing one’s ties to the material world.
Liberation from all bondage is called Moksha. It is about transcending this seemingly endless cycle of birth and death. It is about preventing a soul from taking another birth on this earth and ending the perpetual cycle. If one is bound, how can they be free? One can be restrained either by a golden chain (good karmas) or a rusting chain (bad karmas). Either way, one is still bound.
However, it is possible to attain Moksha in one’s lifetime by accelerating the process of the evolution of the soul. The seers and sages in many traditions have shown paths for people to follow so that they can evolve themselves into perfected souls, in this lifetime. They have articulated frameworks which give broad guidelines to people for walking the path to Moksha. These frameworks not only contain the teachings and insights that are necessary but also lay down specific practices and methodologies to awaken the Divine within.
Future posts in this Heart’s Wisdom blog will talk about the different paths, frameworks and practices which may be used to advance your journey towards Moksha. Stay tuned.