When the Atman is attracted by the
bonds of Karma it tends to become heavier and heavier, attains a self, such as
a human body, and strives to relieve the bonds. But if the Atman does not get
attracted to the bonds of Karma it stays free. Only this free state of the
Atman can attain Liberation!
When we do something 'good' or 'Godly'
we consider it as an act of the virtuous or 'Punyam' and when we do something
'bad' or 'against the wishes of God' we consider it as a sin or 'Paavam'. Every
action that we do carries equal weight of both Paavams and Punyams. This
consideration of Paavams and Punyams is what I have termed as the bonds of
Karma. Thus the attraction towards these bonds binds us to the life cycle of
births and rebirths, in turn binding the Atman to a continuous cycle of
births and rebirths making it difficult for the liberation.
But if we could detach the Atman from
these bonds of Karma it gets lighter and lighter and finally is set free. The
form of the Atman which is completely free from the bonds of Karma is the
perfect form that merges into the Parama Atman and thus gets liberated!
This kind of detachment is possible
when we refrain ourselves from considering that we are the doers of all the
actions. Instead we should consider the actions as that done for Him and by
Him! This is termed as Total Surrender!
P.S. : I visualized this as light flowing all over without any particular path.
The intensity of the light gets dimmer and dimmer as it gets heavier and is the
brightest when liberated!