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Mystic Realization: Consequences and Characteristics of Mystic Realization

The following are the consequences as well as the characteristics of mystic realization!

1. End of Physical Attachment and Desires:

According to the Birhadaranyaka Upanishad, when the desires of a person have been satisfied and the aim achieved after the realisation of self, he should not indulge in physical activities.

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This means that when the perfect seer takes himself as the pure self, then all his physical attachments and desires are destroyed.

2. End of doubts and illusions:

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The mystic realisation results in the disap­pearance of all doubts and illusions. All problems are solved after self-realization. According to the Mundaka Upanishad, “All the knots of his heart are opened, all his doubts are removed and the effects of his karmas are destroyed.”

3. Much Strength:

Self-realization also gives much strength. The Mundaka Upanishad has compared the strength preceding and succeeding self-realization, when it says, “Though the individual self and the worldly self lived together on the same truth, yet he was attached and miserable due to his worldly attachment. But once he is related with the Ultimate Reality, the source of all power, all his miseries disappear and he shares in the infinite strength of the world-soul.”

4. Absolute bliss:

Union with world-soul results in bliss. In the Taittiriya Upanishad, this bliss has been elaborately described. In the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, this bliss has been compared with the bliss of sexual union with one’s dear wife. In this bliss the man forgets himself as well as others.

5. Fearlessness:

The initial effect of the realization of bliss is the disappearance of all fears. The feeling of bliss removes the feeling of fear. In the words of the Taittiriya Upanishad, “He becomes fearless because he has found a place in that imperceptible, bodiless, indescribable, fearless and baseless basis of all.”

6. Satisfaction of all desires:

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Lastly, self-realization results in the satisfaction of all desires. In the words of Chandogya Upanishad, “One who finds the self after its search, he attains all the universe and all his desires are fulfilled.” Thus, after self-realization one achieves satisfaction of all the physical desires, disappearance of all doubts, attainment of infinite power, realisation of absolute bliss, disap­pearance of all fear and the fulfillment of all desires.

Self-realization is the ultimate end according to the Upanishads, because self is the real essence of man. Self is in all and self is Brahman. This is the pantheism of the Upanishads, but it is not of the lower type. Brahman is in the world, but Brahman is more than the world. This pantheism does not take away the freedom of will. As a matter of fact, the best type of ethics can be established on the basis of the Upanishad philosophy.

The synthesis of selfishness and altruism, the freedom of self, the determination of right and wrong and the search after the integral ultimate end can be meaningful only after admitting the self as the Ultimate Reality. Brahman is the real essence of man, but man forgets this real essence due to ignorance. This ignorance is in the nature of the world. It is beginning less. To remove this ignorance by sustained efforts and by achievement of knowledge is the aim of the Upanishads. It is only by the achievement of knowledge that one gets liberation and freedom from all miseries.

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