vishnu's das-avataar: 7th avataar: shree raam ...YOU ARE AN AATMAA TRAVELING ETERNALLY ...BUT WHO ARE YOU AS AN AATMAA? ... Serial Part 6-3 of 13
Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry on June 18, 2002

4 years ago a few aatmaa were inspired to create Prajaapati Vishva Aashram Foundation (PVAF)....these aatmaao were inspired the sanskaar (latent tendencies) of their pervious karma in so many previous travels as life entities...and the inspiration was : SPREAD KNOWLEDGE THROUGH EDUCATION. Education has many naam (names) and rup (forms) as we understand in our present world. But aatmaa only knows education as the knowledge which will finally let the aatmaa know who the aatmaa really is.

At our present level, one of the naam and rup of education as we understand as aatmaa is PVAF's GUJARAAT EDUCATION PROGRAM. PVAF started in gujaraat with one university scholarship 2 years ago. Now PVAF has granted a total of 3 4-year university scholarships to needy students.

Since March 2002, PVAF is praying for bhagvaan's krupaa in setting up a 1 (ONE) KAROR RUPEES A YEAR GUJARAAT EDUCATION PROGRAM.

A karor rupees is 10 million rupees. This is equal to 333,000 CAN$ or 200,000 US$ or 145,000 British Pounds. A 4-year university scholarship awarded to a needy student in gujaraat costs about 20,000 rupees a year for a total of 80,000 rupees. This covers all costs of tuition, lodging and boarding.

This means 1 karor rupees will fund 125 students to have a degree. This also means that if YOU DONATE 1 KAROR RUPEES A YEAR , you will be able to send every year another 125 students to get their university education. Right now a guess estimate is that there are about 1000 prajaapati students in gujaraat who are in absolute need of financial assistance from kindergarten to university levels. On top of that there are more who needs partial assistance of some sort......AND THE KNOWLEDGE THROUGH EDUCATION WILL SET THE STUDENT AND THE FAMILY FREE FROM POVERTY for ever and ever......Alternatively plans are being developed to fund the most neediest from kindergarten to university so that education is not denied to anybody just for the lack of money.......

But why would you donate to the above program......if you wish to know the answer than you have to know WHO YOU ARE, WHY YOU ARE and WHAT PURPOSE YOU HAVE BEING WHAT YOU ARE....

....This is one of the reasons, at PVAF we have the other naam and rup of education: VED PROGRAM. ved is the comprehensive system of knowledge given to mankind by its Creator who has a name of BRHMAH. A lot has been presented on this web site in ved. We have sanskrit glossary, ved pages of different aspects of knowledge, message board where many topics of ved can be discussed and knowledge shared...... Recently PVAF started a serial to learn about aadhyaatmaa, the science of aatmaa, our individual soul....through the study of vishnu-dev's das (ten) avataar.....which are so popular as historical anecdotes among vedik peoples.....now we continue with Part 5-3 of 13 of this serial......

shiv-dev continues his answer to his wife paarvati-devi: :

"I shall tell to you a kathaa (historical anecdote) full of mystery about a sanvaad (discussion) that took place between sitaa, raam and hanumaan. This knowledge in this kathaa provides a tool to attain moksa (liberation from sansaar of birth and death full of joys always followed by pain) " ...(from aadhyaatmaa raamaayan, Chapter 1, slok 25)...

.....and in the previous serials sitaa-devi told us who she and raam is.....prakruti and brhmah respectively......and sitaa-devi said that everything in this creation is brhmah.....we had an overview of brhmah .....and learned about the relation how brhmah creates aatmaa and prakruti.......now we learn about how aatmaa travels in this prakruti's universe in different naam and ruup.......

...please read Part 6-3 of 13 by clicking on the next line.......


(All the sanskrit words in the write-ups on this web site are in italics. The meaning of these sanskrit words as transcribed in English language is being continually included in the Sanskrit Glossary on this web site. It is imperative to understand the full meanings of these sanskrit words in order to understand the teachings of ved. So please make an effort to visit the Sanskrit Glossary...the karma-phal will be eternal aanand (bliss) ).

THE SEVENTH AVATAR: SHREE RAAM
...........FROM AADHYAATMAA RAAMAAYAN...............

an overview of

...........AATMAA ...what are you as an aatmaa?.....

We continue from the knowledge that aatmaa is the reflection of brhmah's chaitaniya in prakruti. brhmah's chaitaniya is the eternal power which creates and animates everything that is created. Thus in ved chaitaniya is equated as brhmah-self. Both cannot be seen or known or describable. Only their manifestations are visible, knowable and describable. All the functions and animations that is seen in any creation is due to chaitaniya.

As an aatmaa is the reflection of chaitaniya in prakruti, aatmaa is really never created. A reflection of say a sun in water is really not a creation. The reflection of the sun appears and disappears depending if the sun is being obstructed to be reflected. However, nothing can obstruct chaitaniya as it pervades the entire prakruti after being created out of chaitaniya. Thus, aatmaa can be said to be chaitaniya. And aatmaa has all the powers of chaitaniya. Some of the basic characteristic powers of aatmaa described in shruti and smruti are (from slok 7-32-21 of bhuneshvari bhaagvat):

- aatmaa is exists in all times and is shaashvat (eternal),
- aatmaa is gnan-svaruup (has knowledge for its form),
- aatmaa is sukh-ruup (has sukh (happiness) for its form),
- aatmaa is satya (Truth),
- aatmaa is puurna (wholesome and not formed of parts),
- aatmaa is a-sanga (is not attached to anything) and
- aatmaa is dvait-rahit (means it has no duality, aatmaa and brhmah are one and the same).

From slok 7-32-22/23 of bhuneshvari bhaagvat, an aatma possess maayaa-shakti. With this maayaa-shakti, an aatmaa creates the creations. The creations take the form of whatever aatmaa wishes. However, the ruup (form) and naam (name) of the creation by an aatmaa is determined through the effect of aatmaa being yoked by the karma of its previous journeys as life forms. The creations are made out of the 24 tattva which are the basic elements forming any creation in this universe.

So now we know that an aatma can create anything it wishes through its own maayaa-shakti....

But as humans we always need to understand anything else in a form we can hear, touch, see, taste and smell. As a human one needs speech to communicate with others, needs hands to hold other things or do a lot of functions, needs legs to move about, needs means to excrete waste from the human body and needs to procreate for continuation of oneself in one's image. What enables a human to be provided with all of the above functions?

It is scientific to say that our human body provides for all of the above functions we need to be a human. But then what makes all these functions operate? There has to be some shakti (power) to make all these functions happen. There has to be some power to make all these functions happen in some sort of coordinated manner and/or when required........

We all know that a computer can have all the programs but it will not do anything till it is powered by electricity. Same with a car. A car can have an engine but it will not work till there is fuel in it. We can say the same of all the man-made objects we have that they all need some power to function. But then we go one step further, what is it in the electricity or the fuel which empowers it to make the computer or car starts working. The current science will take you to a point after which one would not have an answer.

This is where the domain of meta-science kicks in. The meta-sciences takes one into knowledge which cannot be seen, measured, tested, proved with the knowledge humans have in this current era of evolution. The word "meta" originates from Greek language and one of its meaning applicable in our study here is (from Webster's Third New International Dictionary): "after, beyond, transcending, of a higher logic type - in nouns formed from names of disciplines and designating new but related disciplines such as can deal critically with the nature, structure or behaviour of original ones such as meta-physical, meta-physics, meta-psychology...." . But if you have studied science then you would know that scientist really do not want to presently touch meta-sciences......

But ved contains all the meta-sciences. So then the answer to the question: what powers a human body is answered in ved: purush or aatmaa.

Knowing so, now we can understand the phrase commonly used by us humans but without much understanding: THE MAN IS DEAD BECAUSE HIS SOUL HAS LEFT HIM. This means the soul which is aatmaa has gone somewhere. That means the aatmaa is traveling. If the aatmaa is traveling it has to have some form and means of traveling........

In the next serial bhagvaan through the shruti and smruti knowledge left for us in ved will tell us more about aatmaa: its form which enables it to travel as we understand in the human sense......

At PVAF, we pray to bhagvaan to bless us to keep learning ved in the serial to appear in the days to come to eternity...........om namah brhmah......om shaanti shanti shaanti........om tat sat........



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