Paramatma, Paraprakruti and The Jeevatmaa –


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Updated on December 2, 2020

The individual self is compared to one bird and the supreme self as the other bird. God, the supreme self and, Jeevaatma, the individual self, are two close friend birds, live together in the same human body (tree), in the cave of the heart.

Paraprakruti

इन्द्रियेभ्यः परं मनो मनसः सत्त्वमुत्तमम् । 
सत्त्वादधि महानात्मा महतोऽव्यक्तमुत्तमम् ॥ ७ ॥

indriyebhyaḥ paraṃ mano manasaḥ sattvamuttamam
sattvādadhi mahānātmā mahato avyaktamuttamam

Kathopanishad 2.3.7

Superior to the sense organs is the mind. Superior to the mind is the intellect. Superior to the intellect and its Master is the individual soul. The soul has control over all of these. Superior to the individual soul or the Jeevatmaa is the un-manifest Mother Nature (Para Prakruti), which has control over it.

Paramatma

अव्यक्तात्तु परः पुरुषो व्यापकोऽलिङ्ग एव च । 
यं ज्ञात्वा मुच्यते जन्तुरमृतत्वं च गच्छति ॥ ८ ॥

avyaktāttu paraḥ puruṣo vyāpakoaliṅga eva ch | 
yaṃ gyñātvā muchyate jantur mṛutatvaṃ ch gacchati || 8 ||

Kathopanishad 2.3.8

But greater than this un-manifest mother nature is its master, god, the supreme soul, or Paramatma. The formless Supreme Soul, the God, is pervading everywhere. Realizing this Supreme Soul, the person (individual self), becomes free from the bondage of Mother Nature. Having been liberated from this bondage, it realizes its immortal blissful state

Jeevatma and The Supreme Self

द्वा सुपर्णा सयुजा सखाया समानं वृक्षं परिषस्वजाते । 
तयोरन्यः पिप्पलं स्वाद्वत्त्यनश्नन्नन्यो अभिचाकशीति ॥ १ ॥

dvā suparṇā sayujā sakhāyā samānaṃ vṛikhyam pariṣaswajāte | 
tayoranyaḥ pippalaṃ swādvattya anaśnannanyo abhicākaśīti

Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.1

In this verse, the body is compared to a Peepul Tree. The individual self is compared to one bird and the supreme self as the other bird. God, the supreme self and, Jeevaatma, the individual self, are two close friend birds, live together in the same human body (tree), in the cave of the heart. Of these two birds, the one representing the individual self eats the fruits of the tree and undergoes the experiences of its actions (Karma and Karmaphal) and their results. It experiences cravings and attachments and sufferings and repulsions. The other bird, the Supreme Self, God, never eats nor enjoys nor experiences but keeps on watching or witnessing without having any attachments.

Attainment

यं यं लोकं मनसा संविभाति विशुद्धसत्त्वः कामयते यांश्च कामान् । 
तं तं लोकं जयते तांश्च कामांस्तस्मादात्मज्ञं ह्यर्चयेत्भूतिकामः ॥ १० ॥

yaṃ yaṃ lokaṃ manasā saṃvibhāti viśuddha sattvaḥ kāmayate yāṃścha kāmān | 
taṃ taṃ lokaṃ jayate tāṃścha kāmāṃstasmādātmagñayṃ hyarchayet bhūtikāmaḥ || 10 ||

Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.10

In the previous verses, it is mentioned that the pure-hearted spiritual seeker, completely free from desires and attachments, and egoism, meditate on the supreme spirit, attains Him, and is liberated. In this verse, it is mentioned that those sincere seekers of God, who could not be free from desires, get an opportunity to fulfill those legitimate desires. Whichever heaven or enjoyment such a person wishes, he attains it. He proceeds to that heaven and world whichever he desires or wishes to enjoy. So, it is advised in this verse that, those people who wish to attain wealth and prosperity, should serve and seek the blessings of such a spiritual master who is pure in heart and has realized the immortal soul, separate from this body. Such a master attains whatever he wishes for himself and helps others too, to attain these. One can attain fulfillment materially and spiritually.

May God and Kriya Yoga Masters Bless, Guide, Protect and Inspire you.

With Love and Blessings to you. Humbly,
Paramahansa Atmananda ji


Paramahansa Atmananda

A Doctor, A Yogi, A Teacher. He is a Yogi and highly qualified doctor. With his specialization in Internal Medicine and Neurology, he has been able to make many spiritual seekers understand about Kriya Yoga as a scientific technique for Self and God Realization.