The next and the final reason for a soul to come on this earth again and again is called resolution or desire. It means that apart from coming to this earth in order to settle the account of good and bad karmas, a soul takes many births in order to achieve various things, to accomplish various goals or to engage in relationship with some other specific soul or souls. All these things or people to be achieved in these lives are the ones which a person in question desired in his previous life or in many previous lives. Such a person kept on trying to achieve these objectives but he could not achieve them at all or he could not achieve them up to a level of his satisfaction, due to one reason or the other. Hence this soul has a strong and unfulfilled desire for achieving such things or people and this strong desire becomes the cause for this soul to come to this earth again and again until such desires have been completely fulfilled and erased from the ‘To do list’ of this soul.
The desire element is a very strong reason for rebirth and in some cases, it can make a soul take many births in order to fulfill a single desire as such desire may require many other factors to be present, in order to be fulfilled and these factors may take many lives to come together. Before moving on with this explanation, it should be noted that in the system of nature, each and every desire of a soul is fulfilled unless a specific soul does conscious effort to erase or delete a desire from its list, in which case such desires are removed from the list of desires to be fulfilled, even though it may take a long time and much conscious effort, in order to do so.
Doesn’t it all sound very surprising and pleasing at the same time that the system of nature tries to fulfill each and every wish that we make. It may be surprising, but it is absolutely true though some terms and conditions apply here also, like they apply in case of many other situations in the time and age of today. As soon as a person gives birth to a desire, it is listed by nature and as this person keeps repeating this desire or working for this desire, it keeps becoming stronger and stronger in the system of nature and accordingly the system of nature marks this desire as a must fulfill desire. And though it may look like a blessing till this time but this same fact can act as a curse in many cases and it can make a soul take many births in order to fulfill this desire and even then, this desire may not be fulfilled to the complete satisfaction of this soul.
According to the system of nature, if you wish to achieve anything, you can do so provided you meet some conditions which are compulsory to be met in order for such a thing to come to you. The first condition is a desire to achieve such a thing, the second one is the amount of positive energy or good karmas that you need in order to get this thing and the third one is the amount of effort that you need, in order to achieve this thing when you already meet the first two conditions in a satisfactory manner. In practical language, in order to achieve something, you need the desire to achieve, necessary effort to achieve and luck or opportunity working in your favor.
This third factor of luck mentioned here is nothing but a resultant of your good or bad karmas which means that good karmas bring good luck to you which increases the chances of achieving a specific thing, whereas bad karmas bring bad luck to you which can keep you away from achieving a specific thing even though you may have a strong desire and necessary effort to achieve this thing. Hence you have to meet all three conditions in order to achieve a thing, in a way which is authorized and supported by the rules of nature. This concept has been explained in details in the first part of Heaven and Hell Within.
But when it comes to achieve a specific soul or a person, there is one more condition that needs to be met, in addition to all of the above mentioned conditions, and this condition comes in the form of consent of the second soul or person involved in this equation. The system of nature puts very strong emphasis on free will of every soul and accordingly, it respects the free will of every soul to the greatest extent. It means that even if you have a very strong desire to achieve a person or a soul, you are doing the best of your efforts and you even have tons of good karmas in your karmic account, this wish may still be refused or kept in pending list until the second soul in question agrees to become involved with you. Granting free will to every soul in this universe is one of the basic rules of nature and this rule can’t be broken or amended for anyone.
Yes, you can take the help of forceful practices in order to achieve the company of such a soul in question, but such practices are not authorized in the system of nature and accordingly they qualify as very bad karmas for which you are bound to be punished severely at a proper time and hence such practices should be avoided. Coming back to the topic, in case of achieving the company of a specific soul in one or more than one lives, the primary condition is the free will consent of both these souls in questions, as nature will put a stamp of approval on such a relation, only if both the souls are willing to engage with each other.
Taking an example to simplify this concept, suppose you have developed a strong desire to marry a particular girl in any one of your lives and let’s say in this life. Now as you start getting more and more attracted to this girl and your desire starts becoming stronger and stronger, such a strong desire creates a new job for your soul as well as for nature, and as your desire is very strong, the priority for this job has also become very high. You keep trying to get this girl with all your heart and mind but the problem lies in the fact that this girl is not much attracted to you and accordingly she does not want to engage with you, in the type of relation that you want with this girl. As more and more time goes by, your desire as well as efforts keep intensifying but the result is still the same as the free will of this girl is not in accordance with your desire.
Free will of every soul is of supreme importance for nature and accordingly it never interferes with the free will of anyone. This fact could be best understood by considering the scenario that even when a soul wishes to engage in bad or very bad karmas with all its free will, the system of nature allows this soul to engage in such bad karmas even though such bad karmas are likely to cause problems for the positive balance of nature. Even then, such a soul and every soul for that matter is not stopped from engaging in any type of activity or karma as nature has granted the right to execute free will, to each and every soul, even though some souls may abuse this right and engage in bad karmas. The system of nature doesn’t interfere with their free will, though it imposes relevant punishments on such souls for engaging in such bad karmas and disturbing the positive balance of nature.
Coming back to the topic, as the free will of this girl is not in accordance with your desire at this time, there are only two solutions left now. The first solution says that you should forsake this desire where such forsaking doesn’t mean that after trying your best, you stop all the efforts to get this girl but deep down you always think about this girl; as in this case the desire is still there. In order to forsake the desire for this girl, you have to forget her completely and not worry or think about her any longer, which is a very difficult thing to do for most people and accordingly, it is a less likely solution and so it leads us to the second solution.
The second solution says that you should keep trying until the time the free will of this girl comes in accordance with your desire so that the two of you may get together and this wish may be deleted from your soul as well as from the system of nature. As you have opted for this trying and waiting game whether consciously or subconsciously, it creates a pendency on your soul as well as in the system of nature and accordingly you will need to come back to this earth once again in order to fulfill this unfulfilled desire of yours, if you are not able to fulfill this desire in this present lifetime.
The system of nature though doesn’t interfere with the free will of this girl but it tries to help you achieve your wish at the same time. It means that in the next life, the system of nature will plan your birth in such times and conditions that you will once again have the chance of getting in touch with this girl. In this life, though you don’t know that you had wanted this girl with all your heart in your previous life, you still feel strongly attracted to this girl like it is love at first sight, and this attraction becomes very strong in a very short period of time. This is due to the reason that this attraction had already reached its peak in your previous life and your soul as well as your subconscious mind has a record of that. So when you come in contact with this girl in your next life, you continue from the same point from where you left in your previous life and accordingly you start trying to get this girl with all your heart and mind.
Now two outcomes are possible in this situation where the first outcome says that this girl also gets attracted to you and she gives her free will consent to be in a relationship with you and in this case you don’t need to take one more birth by virtue of this desire, as this desire has been fulfilled now. But in case of second outcome, the free will of this girl may once again not fall in line with your desire and hence she may not wish to engage in a relationship with you, even in this life. As a result, your wish remains unfulfilled even in this life and at the same time, it becomes even stronger as you have exhibited much desire and effort in this life also.
This strong and unfulfilled desire brings you back to life once more and once again the system of nature helps you by sending you on this earth at times and situations which bring you in contact with this girl, in this new life of yours. Once again the same process follows and if you are able to get this girl, this desire is fulfilled whereas if you are once again unable to get this girl due to her free will not coming in accordance with your desire, you are scheduled for one more birth as this desire still remains unfulfilled.
This keeps going on and on until a life comes when either the free will of this girl comes in accordance with your desire or you choose to forsake this desire completely. The second choice is rarely practiced by any soul since no soul likes to forsake a desire for which it has waited and tried for many lives. Hence you keep taking birth after birth until in one of your lives, this wish is fulfilled and you don’t have to take one more birth in order to fulfill this desire.
Let’s now take another example from a different sphere of our lives in order to better understand the importance and role of desire element, in the process of rebirths. Let’s assume that a person in his present life wants to become a very famous movie star and he starts doing efforts for it. In this case, the desire element is there and this person has started doing efforts also, and even though both these elements may not be as strong as may be required in order to become a famous movie star, but they are still there. With the passage of time, the desire of this person as well as the efforts of this person to become a big movie star, keep intensifying and this is where the third factor of luck or karma comes into play.
Since achieving big fame and money needs great amount of positive energy or rewards which can be earned primarily through engaging in more and more good karmas, hence this desire of becoming a big movie star depends a great deal on the amount of positive energy that he carries by virtue of good karmas done in past life as well as in this life. If this person has sufficient amount of good karmas or positive energy which is required to become a big movie star, his efforts will start bringing results and he will achieve what he wishes and in this case, the equation doesn’t demand one more life for this wish since it has been fulfilled.
But if this person does not have sufficient positive energy or good karmas which are essential for becoming a big movie star, he will not be able to become a big movie star despite all his desire and efforts. In this case, this desire remains unfulfilled and hence such an unfulfilled desire brings this person to this earth once again and in this life also, this person develops a strong desire of becoming a big movie star right from his early age. This is due to the fact that such desires are the attribute of the soul and hence they can’t simply go away once a person dies and instead they keep appearing life after life until they have been fulfilled in a specific life.
So this person once again starts working towards becoming a big movie star and let’s say that in this life, this person has good amount of positive energy or good karmas though this positive energy is not sufficient to completely grant him what he wants. Hence in this case, the efforts of this person will bring fruits and he will become a movie star but not as big or famous as he wants to be. The star status of this person will correspond to a status which can be achieved with the help of good karmas or positive energy that he has.
Hence, if this person has a stock of positive energy which can take him to the status of a movie star which falls in B or C category, this person will achieve that status with his efforts and he will achieve nothing more than that though he may keep trying harder and harder. B category of movie stars includes the movie stars who are not the most famous ones but who come just after the most famous ones and likewise the movie stars belonging to C category come just after the movies stars belonging to B category.
Let’s take an example from real life in order to make this concept easy to understand. Many of us use credit cards and they come with reward points and likewise there are many other types of memberships which offer reward points each time you shop or spend through such cards. As you keep shopping through these cards, you keep gathering more and more reward points and then a time comes when you want to make use of these reward points. All such companies offer various types of rewards and you can collect any reward that you want provided you have sufficient number of reward points in order to get that reward.
So if you want a luxury watch showing on the reward catalogue as your reward and that luxury watch says you need fifty thousand reward points in order to get it, if you have already earned those fifty thousand reward points, that watch is yours anytime. But if you have fewer number of reward points, say forty thousand reward points, you will either need to wait until the time you earn ten thousand more reward points or you will have to settle for another reward which comes within forty thousand reward points. This is exactly how it works in real life, you earn reward points through good karmas and then you get the rewards that you want or wanted in this life or in your previous life.
Coming back to the example of the person who wants to be a big movie star, even though the desire of this person has been partially fulfilled, he doesn’t want to compromise and he keeps developing even stronger desire and effort to become an A class movie star. This person dies with this strong desire which remains unfulfilled and hence this unfulfilled desire makes him come to this earth once again. In this new life, this person once again develops a strong conscious desire for becoming an A class movie star and he starts doing effort to fulfill this desire. Here again two things can happen where first one of them is that this person by now may have gathered the specific amount of positive energy or good karmas required to achieve the status of an A class movie star and accordingly this person gets this status after making efforts for it. Hence this desire of this soul is fulfilled and the file is closed.
But in the second case, it may happen once again that this person does not have sufficient amount of positive energy which can grant him the status of an A class movie star and hence he may not be able to achieve such a status, even in this life. If the positive energy gathered by this person is sufficient to grant him the status of a B class movie star, he will achieve that status and nothing more than that. In this case, this person once again dies with an unfulfilled desire of becoming an A class movie star and accordingly he takes one more birth in order to fulfill this desire.
This cycle keeps going on life after life until a life comes when this person has sufficient amount of good karmas or positive energy required to achieve the status of an A class movie star. This is the life which fulfills the desire of this person and he is able to achieve the status of an A class movie star and accordingly this desire is erased from the list of unfulfilled desires. This person may have to take many births in order to fulfill just this one desire due to the fact that this desire in question needs great amount of positive energy or good karmas and acquiring such great amount of positive energy can take many lives. Hence the bigger is the desire the more is the amount of positive energy or good karmas that you need in order to fulfill that desire.
Some of you may be surprised how we may have to take many births in order to fulfill a single strong desire of ours. And though it is surprising but it is not the end as every soul has many such desires which bring it to this earth again and again, and it is a common scenario in case of many souls that even though some of their desires are fulfilled in a specific life, they develop many other desires in that specific life. Some of these desires get fulfilled in the same life whereas some of them are not fulfilled due to various reasons and hence such desires force one more birth on this soul. This sequence goes on and as a result, a soul trapped in the whirlpool of making more and more wishes and then achieving them, keeps coming to this earth again and again as such a soul can’t find liberation until all its wishes and desires have been fulfilled.
The word liberation comes from the word Liberate and the world liberate means to set free and accordingly, the world liberation in karmic and spiritual terms means freedom and such freedom has very deep meaning which we will discuss now. A liberated soul is a soul which is free from the conditions of births and deaths as well as from karmas and their fruits. Now pay attention that there are only three factors which bind a soul or which put conditions of being born again and again, on a soul. Among these conditions, the settlement for bad karmas is the first one, rewards or settlement for good karmas done with desire for fruits is the second one and unfulfilled desires are the third reason. If any of these reasons exist, it is quite logical that a soul is not free since such a soul has willingly or unwillingly bound itself with results and conditions which can’t allow this soul to be liberated, as a bound soul can never be a free soul.
Considering the opposite scenario, when after many births and after great efforts, a soul finally stops engaging in bad karmas, one reason for rebirth is gone which means one out of the three big chains tying this soul has been untied. Likewise when this soul has achieved a stage where this soul can engage in more and more good karmas without developing a desire for the fruits of such good karmas, the second reason for rebirth is gone as the second one of the three big chains tying this soul has been untied. Finally when this soul is able to win over the illusion of developing more and more desires for various things and people, the third and the final reason for rebirth is also gone as the last one of the three big chains binding this soul has also been untied now.
As all the chains restricting this soul have been untied, such a soul is free from the cycle of rebirths and accordingly such a soul has earned the right to be called a liberated soul or such a soul has achieved liberation. It should be noted that liberation doesn’t mean that a soul can’t come to this earth ever again as that in itself will be one more condition, the condition which says to this soul that you can’t go to the earth now. Even if such a condition is put on a soul, it can’t be called truly liberated since the world liberated means free, free from all the conditions and boundaries. Hence the world liberation in its true sense means that such a liberated soul is not bound to come to this earth in human form under any conditions or karmas or unfulfilled desires. But at the same time, such a liberated soul is always free to come to this earth again and again, though in this case, such a decision is made by this soul itself and not by other factors of nature.
So liberation means that a soul doesn’t have to come to this earth again and again under some unavoidable conditions and at the same time, this soul can choose to come to this earth as and when this soul wishes so. Whenever such wish is made by this soul, the system of nature starts working in order to fulfill such wish of this soul and accordingly a time and place is decided for this soul to be born again. This soul is born again on this earth just like all of us but with a very big difference and this difference is the fact that this soul is free from the results of all the good as well as bad karmas done by it in its present human form. Accordingly this soul is neither rewarded for the good karmas nor punished for the bad karmas.
Liberation is a not a state of physical body and it is a state of mind and soul. There are two types of attributes which are called physical attributes and spiritual attributes where the physical attributes are the attributes of a physical body and the spiritual attributes are the attributes of a soul. Such attributes are also called Samskara or Sanskara. Since a physical body is temporary and it lasts only for some years, hence the attributes attached to this physical body are also temporary and they do not last permanently. Such physical attributes may include physical shape, beauty, physical health and all other such physical and materialistic things.
On the other hand, as a soul is permanent and it can’t be destroyed by any means, the attributes assigned to a soul are also permanent which means that once a person develops or writes such attributes on his soul, they are going to be there forever and ever until some specific and conscious practices are done to remove these attributes. The attributes like knowledge, wisdom and even liberation are the attributes of the soul and accordingly they stay forever once they have come. It means that any type of knowledge gained by you in any one of your lives will always remain with you though you may not be able to fully access and use this knowledge in some particular life of yours due to various karmic reasons.
But even then such knowledge and wisdom is always there inside you, stored in your subconscious mind and protected by it. When the right time comes in a life, for this knowledge to be released to you, it is released by your subconscious mind and you start having it once again as if by magic. In reality, there is no magic in it and this knowledge was gained long time back by you only and then this knowledge had become unavailable to you for some time. Now it has become available once again and since you don’t know all the steps involved in this process, you think that you have gained this knowledge by virtue of some magic.
As liberation is an attribute of the soul, it means that once a soul achieves this state of liberation, this state can’t be reversed and this soul remains liberated from there on, even though such a soul may have to put great amount of work and will power in order to achieve such a state of liberation. Accordingly when the liberated souls choose to come to this earth from time to time, they are free from the conditions of good and bad karmas and whatever they do on this earth whether good or bad, bears no fruits for them since they have already freed themselves from such fruits. In order for nature to maintain harmony in its system, such liberated souls become aware of their state of liberation at early or very early age and accordingly they start behaving like liberated souls which means they don’t engage in bad karmas, they don’t wish for the fruits of good karmas and they don’t develop any desires.
This is what it actually means when we say that a liberated soul is free from the fruit of good and bad karmas. Such souls are very well aware of their state of liberation and their state of highest wisdom and accordingly they do not engage in such acts or desires which can become the cause of new and conditional births, as per the laws of nature. This is the time when all of you should understand why some highly divine saints or Godly people start exhibiting very wise and balanced behavior right from their early or very early age. This is due to the fact that their state of liberation as well as their state of highest wisdom is conveyed to them at very early ages so that they may not engage in any such acts which may cause them to take new and conditional births, as per the laws of nature.
And since such souls gain access to all the knowledge and wisdom during their childhood or early childhood itself, they start behaving like enlightened souls right from their childhood. Such a behavior is nothing but logical and compulsory because in order to maintain its system in a flawless way, nature has to grant these souls an access to all their knowledge and wisdom as well as to their state of liberation, in early years of their lives. As such knowledge and wisdom comes to them, they start behaving like the enlightened ones right from their childhood, which is exactly what we should expect from a liberated soul and which is exactly what they do.
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To be Continued
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