Why should I have the goal of liberation or Self-realisation? After all, why? What is the harm if I am reborn? What is the harm if I’m to die again? Why not? Then in this birth, I can enjoy life. In liberation, where is the enjoyment because you are one with God? (05.01.2003)
Good! This is a genuine question, a very genuine question. As a man in the company of God, I can enjoy nearness and I can enjoy dearness. In liberation, is there anything like ‘dearness’ and ‘nearness’ and bliss? This is a genuine question indeed!
The answer is this: Instead of loving God, if you become Love itself, it is a million times greater than the process of loving. I think that’s clear. Instead of trying to be blissful in the company of God, if you are bliss itself, what else is left in this world? And the experiences of pain and pleasure, success and failure, blame and praise — these are all due to the dualism of life. Once you go beyond dualism, where there is no positive or negative, that is the state of liberation, moksha or nirvana.
So, one aims for liberation in order to remain in the state of bliss, not just to have blissful moments. Intermediate, blissful moments are different from the state of bliss itself. So, this permanent bliss is coveted very much. People deeply pray for liberation on the spiritual path because with liberation you find eternal bliss. In life, you have momentary bliss or blissful moments. So, in ordinary existence you are dual, whereas in liberation you are non-dual. Therefore, liberation is the ultimate.
Instead of being a lakhshapati (having hundreds of thousands) or a crorepati (having tens of millions), instead of being the owner of billions, if you are wealth itself, what more do you want? Or, instead of having water tanks, if you are the ocean itself, what more do you need? So, the fullness, the totality is liberation, while existence is fragmentary, segmented, in pieces, bit-by-bit. Therefore, one prays for liberation.
(Prof Anil Kumar Q&A)