Many people aim for spiritual awakening due to which they look for how to awaken my Soul. So, how do you awaken your Soul?
The prevailing experience of, ‘I am Chandubhai (read your name); this body, mind, speech, and so on are mine’, is called body-consciousness. After Self-realization, this experience begins to leave, and the experience of the Soul begins to prevail.
To awaken the Soul and attain the experience of eternal bliss life after life, one keeps toiling to get rid of passions, obstructions, attachment, and abhorrence. This is the traditional step-by-step path to Self-realization! On this path, through renunciation and penance, one has to purify the ego by getting rid of the weaknesses of anger, pride, illusion, lust, and greed. Only when the ego is pure, it arrives on the threshold of moksha (ultimate liberation). Hence, the Kramic path is quite a difficult one.
However, on the Akram path, Gnani Purush, the Enlightened One, himself with His grace, purifies our ego. He takes away both our ego (I am Chandubhai) and the feeling of possession (the body, mind, speech, and so on are mine). Following His given principles, we attain the full experience of the pure Soul. Once we experience this, our work is done. This is the scientific answer to how do I awaken my soul.
Thus, because of Akram Vignan, today, the experience of the Soul can be attained much easily. All that we require to do is, with the highest order of humility and an inner intent of ‘I do not know anything’, seek Self-Realization from the Gnani. No other form of eligibility criteria is taken into consideration. The fact that we have reached the Gnani itself proves our eligibility. Austerities and rituals, when performed with the proper understanding of what is beneficial for one’s Soul and liberation, binds special merit karma. With such karma, the person one day reaches the Gnani Purush. Once you meet the Gnani, it is worth asking Him for moksha and eventually achieve ultimate liberation.
The profound discussions about the experience of the Soul prove fruitless when it comes to illuminating a single ray of light of one’s own Soul. This is because, unless we encounter a living Gnani, and unless we receive His Gnan, we dwell only in words; there is no experience. There is tremendous difference in the Soul as described in words vis-a-vis the Soul that is experienced. One may forget the description written in words, but one would never forget that which has been seen or experienced. Only the living Gnani can bless us with the experience of the Soul.
Let’s understand this further from the conversation below:
Dadashri: Veda is knowledge in the form of words, and so it is understandable through the intellect. Veda is theoretical and Gnan (Self-Realization) is practical.
Questioner: Practical in the sense experienceable?
Dadashri: Yes. That which is experienceable only is the real knowledge. Everything else is theoretical. That theoretical is in the form of words. And experience of Soul (Gnan) lies ahead, much further than words. It is inexpressible and indescribable. It is impossible to describe the Soul. Nevertheless, the Veda is one kind of guiding tool. It is not something that helps you attain the ultimate thing though. Unless you meet a Gnani Purush, you can never accomplish your work.
Questioner: Many different ways to attain Self-Realization have been described in the Vedic scriptures. One must achieve vivek (conduct), vairagya (renunciation/ loss of interest in worldly things) and mumukshata (intense desire to know one’s true Self), all of which require time and effort. How is it possible then, to receive this Gnan (of realizing the Soul) in such a short time?
Dadashri: It does not take time to receive Gnan (Self-Realization). It is like turning on a flashlight in pitch darkness. The light will appear instantly. Likewise, it takes no time at all for a Gnani Purush to dispel ignorance with the light of Knowledge (Gnan). After this you will not stumble.
Hundreds of thousands of spiritual seekers have taken advantage of this opportunity (of attaining Self-Realization from the Gnani) and are established in the experience of pure Soul while carrying out their worldly duties in parallel. They experience freedom from clashes, sufferings, worries, and from all kinds of doubts and stress in their daily life! With the light of the Soul that Gnani kindles in them, they feel happiness and their close relatives also feel happiness. You too can experience this freedom. All you need to do is, take Gnan (Self-Realization) from the Living Gnani!!!
However, we must understand that the experience of the Pure Soul does not mean you will see some lights or feel some vibrations and fountains of happiness springing from within. That is not real experience. Experience of Pure Soul means you can feel separation with Chandubhai (you may insert your own name here). Furthermore, you can see faults of Chandubhai.How can one see what lies beyond the senses when one sees through the eyes of senses themselves? For that, you need a Gnani Purush, in the middle, who can change your vision so that you can see through the light of your awakened Soul! This is the only key requirement when it comes to how do I awaken my soul.
Dadashri: When the Gnani Purush gives you Self-Realization, how does he give it? He places a line of demarcation between illusory knowledge and the Knowledge of the Soul; between the knowledge of the non-Self (I am Chandubhai) and knowledge of the Self (I am a Pure Soul). Thereafter, there is no likelihood of the mistake ever occurring again. And the Soul will continue to remain in one’s awareness. Not even for a moment will that awareness disappear.