vijay kumar

Religion and Spirituality Meditation Techniques

Query: Could you tell me what to experience through various Meditation Techniques, from Taoist standpoint without Religion in the background.

Vijay Kumar:
Before delving into the bottomless pit of Meditation I would like to clarify and discuss upon Religion and Spirituality at large.

What do we mean when we talk of Religion?

Just before the time when Bhagwan Mahavira descended on Mother Earth to become a man God in his lifetime... how did the humanity exist before that as there was no Religion at all before the times of Mahavira. Gautama Buddha had not yet come, and so did Jesus Christ. It was another 700 years to go before Prophet Mohammed would be born.

If the Spiritual masters of the day belonging to various Religions proclaim that their Religion was the best and only to be followed... where were they when the humanity survived even before the likes of Bhagwan Mahavira, Jesus Christ and prophet Mohammed were even born. They have got to be wrong... they must have a vested interest in proclaiming their Religion to be the best.

Jainism flowered after the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism took birth... Bhagwan Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara precipitated the cosmic wisdom to the masses. Until the 23rd Tirthankara, Lord Parshvanath... the fragrance of the cosmic wisdom could not be spread to the masses and was limited to the Tirthankars, the Arihantas and the Acharyas (Spiritual teachers) of the times.

The followers of Bhagwan Mahavira are known as following Jainism Religion. It is a different fact that Jainism is not a Religion and it is primarily a way of life. This is also confirmed from the fact that the followers of Mahavira are not known as following Mahavirism. They are known as the followers of Jainism... the definition of Jainism I shall take up later.

Buddhism is primarily the essence of the teachings of Gautama Buddha. The followers of Sidhartha Gautama are supposed to be following the Buddhism Religion. Everything contained in Buddhism is always related to the teachings of Sidhartha Gautama. The teachings of Gautama Buddha are also termed as the middle path... neither following too austere paths which is difficult to follow and not getting totally involved in the household affairs.

Following the middle path is what Gautama Buddha preached if one desired to crossover the ocean of Samsara (the life cycle of 8.4 million manifestations) and achieve Salvation in this life. Buddhism spread around the globe only after Sidhartha Gautama took birth learnt of the cosmic wisdom and achieved monk hood.

Christianity is a faith the followers of which comprise of believers in Jesus Christ. Those who consider Jesus Christ as the son of God... whose teachings form the primary content of the Bible... and the following of whom is termed as Christianity. Before Jesus Christ came there was nothing we could call Christianity. Christianity took its roots only after Jesus Christ was born on Mother Earth.

The followers of prophet Mohammed are called Islamists. The teachings of prophet Mohammed are primarily summarized in Koran and his following termed as the followers of Islamic Dharma nay Religion. Islamic teachings are primarily focused on prophet Mohammed. Islamic Dharma spread only after the advent of prophet Mohammed... not before!

Jainism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islamic Dharma are normally considered as Religions... all Religions do have a central focus in them. Jainism has Bhagwan Mahavira, Buddhism has Sidhartha Gautama, Christianity has Jesus Christ and the Islamic Dharma prophet Mohammed.

What when all four of these man gods did not exist! Say about a thousand years before the advent of Bhagwan Mahavira came Lord Krishna, the Avatar. The followers of Lord Krishna are not termed as the followers of Hinduism. Not at all. What when even Lord Krishna had not yet incarnated. Even then say around 3600 years before from now the humanity survived without a Religion... how?

Now, I would explain the complete cosmic structure...

As the animal life started to evolve into Human Beings... the most initial of Human Beings just behaved like animals. There was no family structure or science to guide them. Nothing had yet evolved... it was only thousands of years later the Human Beings slowly started to realize that they were distinctly different from the animals. They somehow realized that they had something that we call as thinking power.

Using this faculty... the human race started to evolve faster. There was something that guided these Human Beings in the absence of any Religion. What was it? It was Dharma... "Your right to do what is just and right and not what was destined"... God Almighty, directly dictated this definition of Dharma to me. Our right to live... do what is just and right... and following the dictates within... the dictates of our atman the soul within is what we term as Dharma... the guide of total humanity in the vast expanse of Cosmos!

It was Dharma that guided Lord Krishna in his journey when Pandavas declared their famous battle against Kauravas... the battle of Dharma in the Kurukshetra region (which presently lies in Haryana state of India). A fight to the finish in which truth would prevail in the end! Pandavas who were right in their war against Adharma ultimately won... but only with the help of Lord Krishna, the Avatar.

It was not that Lord Krishna favored Pandavas... as destiny would have it, everything which belonged to Lord Krishna was initially offered to Kauravas. But the blind always remains a blind... when Lord Krishna asked of Kauravas what they desired of him out of his total possessions which consisted of his army and lord Krishna himself ... they opted for the total army of Lord Krishna to be with them. Lord Krishna said, "Amen". Kauravas failed to realize that it was their sheer bad thinking due to which Lord Krishna himself was made available to Pandavas.

With Lord Krishna himself guiding the Pandavas... how could it be that the total army of Lord Krishna would make Kauravas win the battle.

Now, what when even Lord Krishna had not yet incarnated. Even then people lived and survived without any Religion. Bhagwan Rama came around 1500 years earlier to Lord Krishna. Dharma still existed but unknown to mankind! It was this time that the four Vedas were made available to the humanity by God Almighty. and what are these four Vedas... the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda!

All these four documents are the first scriptural documents... the Sacred teachings made available to mankind by God Almighty. There is nothing beyond them. When I say nothing means nothing! No record in history or any human being on Mother Earth can prove otherwise!

These four Vedas comprise of the total teachings which are contained in the total sacred Scriptures of all Religions of the world... there is nothing to be learnt or known beyond them. These voluminous documents were never meant for the common masses. Even if one tried to read through them one could not have understood them (if I say read through them... I am wrong for the Lipi nay alphabets had not yet evolved). They were the core of all fundamental teachings that were available to mankind at that time.

There had to be some wise man that could understand these voluminous Scriptural documents. As time passed by one sage after another tried to digest the contents therein. And were produced the Upanishads... the various Upanishads are treatises by different sages elaborating on different topics. Further on Upanishads later!

Initially the four elaborate Vedas and then a series of Upanishads... the humanity got lost. What to follow and what not. Who is going to explain to them the total content... the abstract at one go. The various sages themselves took years to salvage the contents and learn of the inner cosmic wisdom... what if they left their mortal frame even before the contents... the commentary could be made available to mankind.

The mankind was thirsty for the cosmic wisdom... the basic fabric of the society had broken down... it was anarchy all over... something had to be done, the prime system on which based the total humanity was getting disordered. and God Almighty made Lord Krishna incarnate on Mother Earth. What a miracle! A godly person has descended on Mother Earth to set the system in order. Wow! The humanity could feel the waves in the air. Lord Krishna even as a child had godly powers. One miracle after another was to be observed by the masses.

The meaning was clear to them... they now were in the company of one who had the potential to destroy all Adharma (sins) prevailing on Mother Earth and start Satyuga the golden era! Came the war of Mahabharata fought between Pandavas and Kauravas and Lord Krishna got his opportunity to preach Bhagavad Gita to King Arjuna. Lord Krishna knew King Arjuna was the only human being present on Mother Earth who alone would be able to digest the teachings of Bhagavad Gita. There was no other human being of the same capability as King Arjuna.

The teachings of Bhagavad Gita imparted to King Arjuna form the core teachings of what is contained in the four Vedas and all the Upanishads combined. If one were to understand the Bhagavad Gita in its entirety... the purpose of this mortal frame would immediately cease... one would gain enlightenment (God Realization) the very moment and subsequently Salvation Moksha. Came the Bhagavad Gita and the necessity of understanding the core teachings of the four Vedas and the Upanishads vanished. Why?

If one knew the Bhagavad Gita in its entirety... there was nothing more left to learn in the four Vedas and the Upanishads. Ever since Bhagavad Gita exists on Mother Earth one need not run after any Religion dogma or faith... the knower of Bhagavad Gita becomes the knower of Brahman (God Almighty aka Karta, ParmAtman soul, Prabhu in Hinduism). The knower of Brahman becomes a man god like Bhagwan Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ and prophet Mohammed. They all emaciated and took Salvation within their lifetime.

Whenever one desires drinking fresh juice... the juicer man picks up four ripe oranges and puts them in the juicer machine and what we have... the extract... the Bhagavad Gita! Lord Krishna did the same to the Vedas. The teachings of Bhagavad Gita are extremely simple to understand provided one really wants to! There is nothing at all to be known in this world other than what is contained in Bhagavad Gita.

If Bhagavad Gita can be stated as containing hundred percent truth then Jainism consists of 80%, Buddhism 70%, Christianity 60% and Islamic Dharma 50%. Not that Jainism consists of 20 per cent impurities but in essence out of the total teachings of Bhagavad Gita, Bhagwan Mahavira propagated rather concentrated on 80% teachings. Similarly, Gautama Buddha concentrated and imparted 70% of what is contained in Bhagavad Gita. Jesus Christ and prophet Mohammed imparted 60% and 50% respectively (so as to say) of what is contained in Bhagavad Gita.

Nothing contained in the doctrines of Jainism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islamic Dharma bear any untruthful statements. All is pure. The impurities get mixed up when different preachers amalgamate their own teachings along with the sacred Scriptures. The common masses are simply required to assess the wrong from the right which is not very difficult to do as the small inner voice coming from within (the voice of Atman, the soul within) always prompts us and guides us on the right path.

It is the power of discrimination which every human being possesses... the power of Atman that makes every human being a unique representative of God on Mother Earth. Every individual human being has the power to become a man god... to become Bhagwan Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ or prophet Mohammed!

Here I need to explain the term Vedas more explicitly. The term Veda in Hinduism means "the spoken word". As Lipi (alphabets) had not yet evolved... the preaching's of the sacred Scriptures were passed on from one Spiritual master to another through Veda, the spoken word. Everything was verbal... the total communication. It was a really difficult time to assimilate the complete teachings of the Vedas mentally as nothing was available in written form. Vedas... all the four Vedas were the direct dictation of God to one of the sages who could have understood there meaning. This was the first step by God Almighty Creator in passing on the cosmic wisdom to mankind.

Who was the first sage who invoked the power of the Vedas is not known to anybody. Even in Hinduism or the Bhagavad Gita there is no mention of the sage who invoked the Vedas initially... the starting point! It is not of much importance but to assimilate the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita is more important for the mankind at large. It was only around the second century that Lipi (alphabets) developed and everything which was being communicated verbally... passed on from one Spiritual master to another was reduced to writing.

We now have a large collection of Upanishads, the four Vedas, the sacred Bhagavad Gita and various commentaries on Bhagavad Gita available to mankind at large. It was in 1993 that the moment I Realized God... whatever was contained in the four Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and all the sacred Scriptures existing on Mother Earth entered my head the same day. Through the power of Shruti I can invoke the complete cosmic wisdom from the reservoir of Mind Plus.

Does it mean that if all the copies of the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, Bible, Koran, the doctrines of Jainism and Buddhism get destroyed... yes, as a god realized person I have the power to invoke the complete cosmic wisdom from the reservoir of Mind Plus through the power of Shruti and reproduce every document... a real achievement indeed! I am so grateful to God for having bestowed upon me this grace of being able to understand the inner meaning of Bhagavad Gita even without having read through the document once.

Whatever quote I am making from Bhagavad Gita is not based on something I have read through Bhagavad Gita or the Vedas. All these documents are like an open book to me. I do not need to refer to any sacred Scripture to know of the underlying truth. Having come face-to-face with God Almighty... the sun in its cosmic glory... I have lost all interest in the power of a candle or a bulb.

So now it is clear that Dharma forms the core... the sustenance of total mankind. Dharma is directly governed by our atman the soul within. It inherently is always available to every human being nay every Jiva (living being) come whatever may. But, the cosmic wisdom of the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads and the Scriptures of the various Religions is only available to mankind and not the lower forms... the form of an animal, the plant life, the insect life, the multiple cell formations and the amoeba itself (a single cell formation).

Every living being including the animals, plants, insects are governed by Dharma. Religion is a creation of mankind. Practically speaking as many Human Beings... as many chains of thoughts exist! Whenever the following is large it gets converted into a Religion.

Now I shall explain the fundamental behind the word Religion. Why Religion exists at all... any Religion whatsoever it may be or its teachings... everything is meant to guide the physical mortal frame... so that the physical life passes through a smooth phase. The 70 to 80 years life span of every human being is primarily guided by Religion. Only if one wants to dive deep into the inner self then one is required to follow the Bhagavad Gita... the followers of Bhagavad Gita are not related to any Religion but they are considered to be the followers of pure Spirituality... those who are the seekers of truth... the absolute truth... on which relies the very existence of every human being!

Spirituality is not the least related to Religion. Spirituality means diving deep into the inner realms of cosmic wisdom... the inner truth. It is the study of cosmic journey... the cosmic life itself... the journey of 8.4 million manifestations and a total cosmic life cycle of 96.4 million years that every atman soul has to pass through. Spirituality... the study of Bhagavad Gita imparts to us the study... the knowledge about our real inner self... our atman the soul within. Those who need to know everything about the soul and the cosmic life itself must study Bhagavad Gita... only one document contains everything any human being needs to know for being able to gain enlightenment (God Realization) and finally Salvation Moksha.

Bhagavad Gita guides us as to how to perform Karma, the meaning of Yoga, the atman soul and the Brahman, the interwoven connection between the vast terminology of Spirituality. The meaning of Swarga Heaven, Naraka hell, the differentiation between knowledge (the bookish knowledge) and the cosmic wisdom (the true words of Jnana), the different aspects of life like happiness suffering and Bliss and how to cross over the threshold of earthly journey is but a tiny drop in the vast ocean we know as Bhagavad Gita.

Practically speaking Religion guides us on the physical plane... the earthly abode of 70 to 80 years of physical manifested life... contrary to this Spirituality guides us about the total cosmic journey every atman the soul within has to take ... the journey of 8.4 million manifestations and 96.4 lengthy earthly years after which there is nothing else left for atman the soul within but to come back to its cosmic glory. All dross having removed from atman the soul within one gains immortality... there is no comeback... there is no further manifestation for this Atman for it has purified back to its initially stage.

This is when it is stated in Hinduism that it goes back to Baikunth, the abode of God. Here I would like to explain something about Baikunth... the relationship between God Almighty Creator (Brahman) and atman the soul within.

When I was a child my father used to give me different puzzles. I was fascinated when I used to disassemble and again assemble them. Pieces of cardboard but yet relaying a very deep inner meaning! I subsequently realized that every individual piece of the puzzle is an independent atman the soul within and the total puzzle is what we call God Almighty (the Brahman himself). At the time of the Big Bang (the beginning of the cosmos) when God Almighty splits with its cosmic fury ... all Atmans (the soul within) get scattered all over the Cosmos... the complete bigger puzzle is not destroyed but scattered.

Slowly as time passed by one Atman soul after another gains enlightenment and comes back to its original pristine glory... it rejoins the greater puzzle (the Baikunth) and starts the reassembling of God Almighty (the bigger puzzle as a whole). More and more Atmans souls gain immortality and join the greater puzzle. A day comes when the puzzle gets completed... it is the time for the dissolution (pralaya in Hinduism). The whole Cosmos will again dissolve and become the size of half a thumb... the combined positive power of all purified Atmans souls together.

This positive power... the size of half a thumb... God Almighty Creator as we may call it again explodes with a Big Bang... the mighty power cannot sustain itself... one can imagine the total Cosmos within half the size of a thumb... and again starts a new Cosmos... a new beginning... new galaxies, stars, solar systems and finally the evolution of an earthly system where Atmans souls can manifest.

A new journey not for the mankind for in the new system it may be possible that Cobras are the highest manifestation... and it is as Cobras that one gains emancipation and finally Salvation Moksha... it is but possible that human form may comprise of an interim stage in the total cosmic life span. We may start life as an amoeba, then an animal, then a human being, then a plant and finally evolving into a cobra to emaciate and achieve Salvation Moksha.

Having explained the terms Religion and Spirituality in detail, now I shall elaborate upon the meaning of Meditation and its importance in daily life.

continued... How to Meditate Meditation Techniques What is Yoga Meditation

God bless you!

Always there to clarify your queries ( send your query),

Essay by: Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani" ... The Man who Realized God in 1993!

A to Z of Religion and Spirituality explained in words one can easily understand and fathom. For more on meditation techniques visit :  ... Vijay Kumar

Full text of query: One more question...if you don't mind. Could you tell me what one might expect to experience through Meditation, from Taoist standpoint in the first experience, without background in the Religion. I have the technique, as I researched, however, I was wodnering what I may experience during and the hours following.

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