Sri Shuka Paramarshi says, “Child, the composition and structure of this self-luminous akshara or alphabet will dictate the created being’s perception of the Supreme Self and this will then dictate the path the created being will follow to realize the Supreme Self. The premise for any path is immersion and absorption into the Supreme Self.
The knowledge, realization, understanding and experience of the unmanifest or Avyakta state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet is as definitive in its conclusion as the subtlety of the inherent nature of the manifested or Vyakta state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet.
Why does the knowledge, realization, understanding and experience of the unmanifest or Avyakta state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet appear to be different to each created being even though its inherent nature i.e Aksharam is the same? Why does this lead to different perceptions and understanding of Liberation or Salvation or Absorption into the Supreme Self?
This is because of the manifested or Vyakta state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet that is termed as “body” or form and shape that the self-luminous akshara or alphabet takes on. Even though, each and every self-luminous akshara or alphabet has the same origin that is Aksharam and possesses the same core of inherent light, sound, matter and consequent differentials of time, space, ego, mind, intellect, five-fold attributes, five-fold elements and others, the so-called differences arise from the various interpretations of the science of the akshara or alphabet – Akshara Vijnana. This leads to various interpretations about the genesis of the universe and thereby, different theories and understanding and hence, various methods and paths to seek the Supreme Self.
These various interpretations leads to differential understanding of the Supreme Self and absorption into the Supreme Self. These are generally termed as moksha and mukti with its sub-divisions under Salokya, Sameepya, Sarupya and Sayujya.
But what should be known and followed is that the goal of every path, practice, dhyana, dhana, dharma, jnana, vijnana, rituals, mantra sadhana, yagna, yaga, tapas and others is for the most subtle of subtlest atom in the created being to know, realize, experience and resonate the Primordial Sound – Sabda Brahman, to be filled with the brilliance of a million Suns – Primordial Light and to experience the unmanifest or Avyakta state of the self-luminous akshara or alphabet being Consciousness – Chaitanya that is AUM.”