Question 178: How does one obtain moksha (liberation)?

One light One Atma One ParamatmaThe young Rama asks about attaining liberation (moksha) – freedom from the cycle of birth – death – and birth again. The sage reminds Rama that the universe is neither real nor unreal; it is experienced because of the ideation of the mind. With the company of the goodly and godly and the saints (satsang) even the dumb and blind can journey to moksha.

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Question 175: How does one abandon vasana?

Now - the open moment of vasanasWhen we are born, we bring the mind with us. Mind and soul move on to the next birth, and within the mind are ideations, tendencies, unsatisfied – unfulfilled desires. We call these contents of the mind vasanas. Vasanas are an inherent mental tendency (conscious or unconscious), karmic seeds, impressions; the impressions of past experiences; desire for various objects and experiences. So the young Lord Rama asks the sage an important question: How do we rid ourselves of vasana?

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Question 174: Kindly explain ideas: how they rise and vanish

Imagination
The world comes at birth. Are we having sankalpa (ideations) at birth? The young Rama asks about sankalpa and how these can arise and vanish. The sage gives illumination, and among that illumination, tells that “The mind creates a vast panorama in an instant, and at times it becomes too subtle to be grasped.”

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Question 163: How does the Atma contain impurities and suffering?

Those who are born experience karma, sufferings of one kind or another, and wonder, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Why is there suffering and evil in the world? This is a question that many – in all religious disciplines – raise. The mystery of suffering and evil, impurity in a world created by the Source of All That Is, and how is it that there is suffering? The youthful Rama – yet to undergo 14 years of wandering in the forest – asks, “How is it that the world is filled with sorrows”?

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