You might have heard that in order to fulfil their deep desire of attaining liberation, people renounce their homes and family, chant (japa), do penance (tapa), as well as practice austerities; all in order to progress on the path of the liberation of the Soul.
While on the other hand, many great men like Shrimad Rajchandra, Lord Krishna, Arjuna, and Lord Ram have been become Self-Realized, while living in the worldly life and being married.
Yes! In reality a wife, children, wealth and sensual pleasures are not a hindrance to attaining liberation, only the ignorance of the Self is a hindrance.
Let’s find out from this short excerpt of Gnani Purush (Self-Realized one) Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan’s spiritual discourse:
Questioner: Is it possible to acquire Atma Gnan so easily, as a married householder?
Dadashri: Yes, there is such a way. It is possible to attain Atma Gnan (Self Realization) even while living with your wife and your children. You can attain Atma Gnan while living the worldly life and fulfilling your parental and other duties. I myself, who is living this worldly life, can make this happen for you. You will have the freedom to do whatever you wish. Go to the cinema. Get your children married. Wear beautiful clothes, etc. What other guarantees do you need?
Questioner: Then it is worth looking into. If I can have that kind of freedom, I am very interested.
Dadashri: All the freedom you desire is yours. This is a shortcut path to Atma Gnan. It does not require any effort on your part. I will give you your Atma (Soul) in your hands, so all that remains, is for you to enjoy the bliss of the experience. This is the elevator path. Stay in the elevator (the shortcut path as opposed to the traditional kramic step by step path to liberation). You will not bind any new karma. The only karma you bind will be through following my aagnas (five cardinal principles), and they will result in one more lifetime. I give you these aagnas to protect you from any deviations or obstacles on this path.