Aspiring to achieve Moksha seems to be a fashion these days. A child who gets a blurred glimpse of the ancient Indian philosophy of energy chakras in the human body or someone who manages to pick up a book on transcending the human consciousness seems to have only one aspiration in this life – to achieve Moksha. Having explained my views on this divine concept to thousands of my workshop participants, I consciously felt the need of this message to reach the mass and hence this article.
I want to achieve Moksha in this life. People make such statements without even knowing an iota of its divinity – isn’t it? With the number of fake and original saints, gurus, swami’s, avatars etc growing exponentially in this country and the way they go on to create composite sects and cults worldwide, such liberal usage or in real words misuse of this divine word (Moksha) should not come as a surprise to us at all.
One thing we need to understand is that Moksha should never be an aspiration in our life. Moksha should be a sudden happening, a flowering, an outburst out of your intense living. The very aspiration to achieve such a divine state is nothing but a desire again. Just like every ordinary man has a cocoon of material desires (maya) which we generally look upon negatively, the desire to achieve this divine state is no different from the other ones. Some would desire to be rich, some to be fair, some to be tall, some to become a politician and some desire to achieve Moksha. The baseline is that they are all desires – only the goal is different, the path remains the same.
That is the reason why Buddha taught his disciples to ultimately drop every desire – to be desire-less. Buddha explained the highest state of his being as Nirvana. A state of liberation from all bondages, a state of complete freedom – freedom from every desire, every attachment, every possession, every authority. That is perhaps the reason why a Buddha would say to you that there is no God, because if he says that there is a God then you would then aspire to see that God, be with the God, experience God, and the desire remains.
Every village that Buddha passed through, people undoubtedly would ask him this question – what happens after death? And Buddha would calmly reply – Nothing, absolutely nothing, death simply happens. He was aware of the reason behind that question. He knows you are diseased of getting hooked to desires. Desires of this life are not enough, so you want to get hooked to desires of the next life, and the next life. So a Buddha would never talk about Moksha, Heaven or Hell, since he teaches you to drop all desires and live a life of complete freedom.
Do not get hooked to any such desire because every desire is a bondage, every desire will limit you from a life of freedom. Infact our attempt in life should be to enjoy every single moment that we encounter in life. Our attempt in life should be to dive into happiness, go into deeper states of love, merge with the vast through a celebration, and through such an intense living you will effortlessly transcend to superior levels of consciousness. A Moksha might happen, might not happen, don’t worry. If your present life is filled with happiness, peace, truth, forgiveness, love, oneness and compassion then you have already opened the gates of Moksha, you have not only reached Moksha, but you have also transcended Moksha and you get to taste the real nectar of life. You don’t even have to knock on the gates, the gates have opened and you are already in. Without even hoping to be there, you have arrived.
Remember, every longing will only bind you, so drop every desire, drop every longing, every attachment. Live life in the present – passionately, lovingly, peacefully, and forgivingly. Live life moment by moment, grow moment by moment, celebrate moment by moment, this will by and by nurture your consciousness. Welcome the present and embrace every state of your existence. This is truthful living, this is conscious living, this is blissful living and this is sat-chit-ananda.