Hinduism talks about paths a a departed soul would take
- Devayana- Path for liberated souls
- Pitrayana- Path of Ancestors , taken by not so sinful souls
- Adhoyana - Path of sinners , directly to hell.
I was bit confused on , what exactly liberated here meant. After some study I found interesting quote in Autobiography of yogi.
Here swami yogananda talks about hiranyaloka(Upper astral/mental plane) and who can go there . He says that
"The physical karma or desires of man must be completely worked out before his permanent stay in astral worlds becomes possible"
Does it mean souls who take devayana , are liberated from physical karma ?
This book , makes another interesting claim. It says
souls who took devayana , don't compulsorily return during a kalpa.
I know that devas/gods or higher being live up to a kalpa. Perhaps they became gods , after taking devayana?
My speculation is souls who takes devayana , has opportunity to get progressive salvation(krama mukti) . Like suppose if someone reaches maharloka , with meditation/tapas he can reacher higher and higher lokas and finally to brahma loka. Finally when brahma dies , he can merge with brahman.
But coming back on earth would definitely hasten process. Thats why out of their own choice , some souls in higher worlds come back on earth, as saints.
Whoever takes chandrayana (Pitrayana) has to come back on earth as they don't have much choice.
I am trying find quotes from scriptures to back up my claims . But I am unable to find any .
Can someone comment on my understanding?