One fine day, Janaka Maharaja, an wise Hindu king of Videha which was located in Mithila region, who was father of Sita and father-in-law of Lord Rama, got a dream. When he came out of the dream, he got a doubt about the nature of truth, “What is reality?”. Is this (the waking state) the reality or the dream?! Then He saught the guidance of Ashtavakra Maharishi, an Enlightened Master of Profound depth. Their meeting led to a unique Spiritual discourse, where Ashtavakra challenged Janaka's understanding of reality and the Self.
Through their dialogue, Janaka realized the impermanence of the material world and the true nature of the self, achieving spiritual enlightenment. Janaka, already being a highly scholarly and awkakened Spiritual Seeker, experienced many Aha moments in the course of this dialogue; and out of joy exclaimed, “Aho Niranjana”, meaning I am the Pure Consciousness, and am already free! This unique knowledge is now called Ashtavakra Geeta! It is a must-read book for every Sincere Spiritual Seeker. There are beautiful commentaries on the Scripture by Sri Sri Ravishankar and Osho, either of which you can buy on Amazon. I listened to my Guru Sri Sri Ravishankar Ji's video lectures on this profound exposition of the nature the Self / Consciousness and amazed by the depth of this timeless wisdom every time.
In the journey of a Sincere Spiritual Seeker, similar to Janaka's “Aho Niranjana” moments, there comes a moment when a spiritual seeker experiences a profound awakening, a moment of revelation that transcends the boundaries of ordinary perception. This moment(s) is often referred to as the “Aha moment,” and it signifies a deep and transformative understanding of the self and the universe. For many seekers, this moment leads to a profound sense of liberation, often described as “Muktoham.”
The Search for Truth:
The path of a spiritual seeker is one of continuous questioning and exploration. Seeking truth and purpose, they embark on a quest to unravel the mysteries of existence. This journey is often characterized by meditation, introspection, and the study of various spiritual and philosophical traditions. As they delve deeper into their inner selves, they seek answers to profound questions about the nature of reality, the self, and the universe.
The Aha Moment:
The Aha moment is not a predictable event; it arrives unexpectedly, often when the seeker is least expecting it. It is a moment of clarity, where the pieces of the puzzle suddenly fall into place, and a profound realization dawns. It can be triggered by a variety of experiences, such as meditation, a deep conversation, a moment in nature, or even a simple everyday occurrence.
The Essence of Muktoham:
“Muktoham” is a term that can be translated as “I am free” or “I am liberated.” It encapsulates the essence of the Aha moment experienced by a spiritual seeker. This liberation is not from external constraints but from the limitations of the ego and the illusion of separateness. In this moment, the seeker realizes their interconnectedness with all of existence and experiences a deep sense of oneness.
The Aha moment is a catalyst for profound transformation. It shatters the seeker's old beliefs and attachments, paving the way for a new understanding of life's purpose. It is as if a veil has been lifted, revealing a reality that was previously hidden from view. This newfound clarity often brings with it a sense of inner peace, contentment, and a deepening of compassion for all living beings.
Living in Muktoham:
Living in the state of Muktoham is an ongoing journey. It involves integrating the insights gained during the Aha moment into daily life. The seeker learns to let go of ego-driven desires, fears, and judgments, and instead, embraces a life guided by love, compassion, and wisdom. This transformation not only benefits the individual but also has a ripple effect, positively impacting those around them.
The Aha moment, leading to realisation of Muktoham, is a profound and life-altering experience for a spiritual seeker. It represents a moment of liberation from the confines of the ego and the realization of the interconnectedness of all life. It is a reminder that the journey of self-discovery is a continuous one, and the seeker's path is illuminated by the light of understanding and inner freedom. In embracing Muktoham, the seeker embarks on a path of love, compassion, and wisdom, enriching not only their own life but the lives of others as well.