Unity between Sanatan and Sikh Dharma

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HEAVEN  AND HELL

Unlike  Christianity and Islam, in Sanatan Dharma the concept of Heaven and  Hell is not very gripping and neither heaven nor hell is eternal.  Moksha or final merging with the Divine is the ultimate goal of life.  What is believed is that after death the jeevatma, the individual  soul, makes its way through various realms and according to its acts  on the physical plane, the soul, which carries the imprint of these  actions is purified by either suffering or enjoyment.

After  this the purified soul irrespective of whether evil or good rests in  the Paramatma until it finds a suitable womb to come back and work  out the residual Karma. Depending on the backlog of Karma the soul  can take longer or shorter time to return again and again. Sanatan  Dharma advocates release from this cycle of birth and death as the  ultimate goal. This release can take place by following various  paths.

punarapi  jananam punarapi maranam
punarapi jananii jathare shayanam
iha  samsaare bahudustaare
kripayaa apaare paahi muraare

Born  again, death again, birth again to stay in the mother's womb! It is  indeed hard to cross this boundless ocean of samsara. Oh Murari!  Redeem me through Thy mercy.

Adi  Shankaracharya in Bhaja Govindam

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About  the Author
The  author is a writer and practitioner of yog sadhana. Introduced to  Yoga in 1972 the author has been teaching a combination of Hatha Yoga  and Kundalini Kriya Yoga since 1999. Her understanding of both the  Sanatan Dharma and the Sikh scriptures stem from her close  association with the simple daily practitioners of both and not  through intellectual deliberations.

She  is also the author of a book titled 'One Master one disciple' A  Thrilling Spiritual Adventure published by Yogi Impressions. She is  nurtured and gains strength from the radiant energy of an old tree,  ancient masters and yogis appear to her by a lakeside and her daily  existence is filled with paranormal experiences. The book is a  reminder of the ancient tradition of faithful integrity that every  disciple has to the Master.

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