primal desires of each individual are the four Purusharthas -
Dharma, Artha, Kãma and Moksha. We have been tutored well
to follow the Dharma and perform all our Karma and Pooja according
to that. The Purushãrthãs or individual aspirations
are the driving force while the rules of Dharma, Karma and creation
are their guiding principles for us to get through the passage
in this universe. All proper actions of Artha and Kãma
also allowed for each individual but they are to be guided by
purpose of all our Karma and all life activities and prayers are
all ultimately directed towards reaching the fourth state that
is "Moksha". This is the final journey of the individual
Athma that lives in the body to perform these karmas. The Primal
desire of every Athma is to ultimately reach the abode of the
Supreme God to live with or merge with the Paramathma. This is
achieved by doing proper karmas and following the Dharma to purify
the Jiva and get rid of all the Upãdhis that attach the
Athma to the body.
our Puranas explain that the Supreme Divine has established 14
Lokas or worlds especially for our Athma and all other creations
to reside. Our Athma may go from one to other from time to time
based on our Karmas. We have six worlds above: 1. Brahma Lokam
- Abode of the Supreme; 2. Mahã Lokam; 3. Jana Lokam; 4.
Thapa Lokam; 5. Swarga Lokam; 6: Bhuvar Lokam - Place of our Pitrus
/ Ancestors. We currently reside in: 7: BhooLokam - Our
Earth. We have seven below us: 8: Athala Lokam; 9: Vithala Lokam;
10: Suthala Lokam; 11: Thalãdhala Lokam; 12: Mahãdhala
Lokam; 13: Rasãdhala Lokam; 14: Pãthãla
Lokam. Depending on the present and past Karmas and Dharma the
Athma travels to one of the fourteen worlds as above.
soul or the Athma with all their desires and attachments lives
as "Jiva" (Life) in the body during our lifetime. Upon
completion of the Karmas in this birth the Jiva leaves the body.
For performance of some good Karma as service of the Supreme for
the people of this world the Athma gets re-created to serve the
world as part of Divine Duty. Those who worship ancestors go to
Pithri Loka and those who worship Gurus and upa-devathas also
go to their Loka. Persons, who do not worship or believe in a
supreme, and those who did bad Karmas go to lokas below. All of
them take a re-birth.
of the actions of the athma are determined by its individual selection
of path where a choice by free-will is given as the part of the
Lila or game of the creator. Some of these activities are also
dependent on the directions and desires of the Supreme God. So,
the rebirth of a soul is not only dependent on the past bad karma
but also due to some good karma and certain Dharma the soul is
expected to perform. The ultimate desire for each devotee is to
avoid this re-birth and reach the "The Brahma Lokam".