Our Guru, Maharshi Mehi Paramhans ji Maharaj, used to say, which is in agreement with the sayings of all other sants like Kabir Sahab, Nanak Sahab, Radhaswami Maharaj, Dadu Dayal ji etc., that this body of ours we see with our eyes is only one of the many other bodies which the soul is accompanied with, till it is able to free itself of all of these; when the soul rids itself of all these bodies it becomes one with the God, or the Ultimate & the Only Truth for those who get affronted or repelled by the use of the word "God".
Apart from this body which is gross, the grossest in fact, there are other bodies we (the soul) have. They are: the ‘sookshma’ (astral or subtle) body, the ‘kaaran’ (causal) body, the ‘mahaakaaran’ (supra-causal) body – these first four bodies are ‘jad’ (that which does not possess consciousness of its own and needs some other ‘conscious’ element to permeate through or pervade it to act as a conscious tool) bodies – and the fifth ‘chetan’ (conscious) body. When we die (the so called physical death), only the ‘sthool’ or gross body (formed of five elements namely, the earth or soil, the water, the fire or heat, the air and the space – the very same five elements of which this universe, the cosmos or the brahmand is formed; that is why Maharshi Mehi used to say that there is a lot of similarity between the body, the micro-cosmos and the brahmand, tha macro cosmos, and if we can lift ourselves above, or transcend the five levels of bodies we can also rise above the brahmand or the universe and thus merge into Him) is left here, completely dead; the soul leaves it while taking or carrying along with it the other four bodies and keeps them till it again gets a new ‘jad’ or gross body to be associated with – this is the foundation of rebirth theory which is more popular in the Indian sub-continent but is accepted by mystic sections or schools globally, regardless of religions. Now the actions performed – physical or mental- by us keep on being accumulated, and are also carried away with the soul when we die, in the form of ‘sanskar’. What we become and do in our next birth or births is mainly dependent on these past ‘sanskaras’ of ours.
Sants have consistently maintained that if we ‘meditate’ which is ‘bhakti’ (devotion or worship) in true sense, certain indelible noble ‘sanskaras’ are formed – please keep in mind, Gurudev would say, that the fruits of only good deeds or righteous acts or conducts not associated with ‘meditation’ can be reaped in any other species like an animal (dogs, elephants or other pet animals tamed in a luxurious ambience & way by a very rich owner). These ‘sanskaras’ of true bhakti, however, can be nurtured and developed further only in a human incarnation. That’s why that who has begun meditation learning the right technique from an authentic Guru is bound to get again the human body, because, sants unequivocally pronounce, bhakti sanskaras can prosper and be strengthened only in a human body. And thus, we can carry forward our earlier efforts, from where we had left in the previous birth, to realise our true Self, thus accentuating our ‘bhakti sanskaras’ further, ensuring another human birth … and the chain continues till we have matured or perfected our devotion, the soul has become free, in its purest sublime, spontaneously refulgent, conscious form where it realises that it is not different or separate from That Ultimate Truth, which many call as God; nay,it finds that it is the God itself – "I Am That" becomes literally realised.
Some of us who have started our bhakti in our previous births – ‘how many births’ we can’t say – we find interest in such discussions, feel at home in such a company or group where spiritualty is talked about. And if a person develops such an interest at a very tender age, take it for granted, it is surely our sanskaras of the previous births calling, and will not let us rest till we have been set on the right path capable of taking us forward. And for those of us who have not begun to march on the path of true ‘bhakti’, let us take a firm & solemn reolve on the auspicious occasion of Christmas, to seek a True Guru, entreat him humbly to teach us the right path, the right way to mediatate and ensure our true welfare, our March On the Path to Salvation and not rest before that! This will be celebrating Merry Christmas in the truest way.
Jesus Christ said that The Kingdom of God, the Treasure- Trove of Love and Eternal Bliss is within us. Hinting at the inner meditation, especially the Yoga of Light he had said, "If your eyes be one, thy body will be illuminated". On this auspicious festival of Holy Christmas, come let’s make the resolve that we would do our best to attain that Kingdom, that Treasure within.
Wishing A Merry Christmas to All!
Pravesh K. Singh