Joys of a Jeevanmukta – written by V. Suryanarayan (1998)

  1. Introduction to “Joys of a Jeevanmukta” (9/15/2018) - (By Iha-Para Sowbhagyavati, Sesha-nada-rupini,  Brahmarshi Umadevi Amma, reflecting the Inner Voice of Sadguru Seshadri Swamigal)   In recognition of a Sadhaka’s spiritual efforts, God Himself descends into his saintly life to glorify it during the life-time of such a Sadhaka. He becomes a Jeevanmukta. Jeevanmukti is the crowning success of divinity manifesting in him to make his... Continue Reading →
  2. Concepts of Jeevanmukti (9/17/2018) - Srimad Shankara Bhagavatpadacharya devotes an entire chapter (68) in His “Vivekachudmani” to describe the qualities of a Jeevanmukta, i.e., one who is in the state of bliss having been liberated during his lifetime. As many as 20 Slokas extol the virtues of a Jeevanmukta. “In the whole Bhu-loka’’, Adi Shankara says, “there will only be... Continue Reading →
  3. Qualities of a Jeevanmukta (9/17/2018) - Though the body is an inseparable factor just like the shadow that follows one incessantly, the quality of a Jeevanmukta is such as to display the total absence of thinking on “I” or “Mine” or the distortions of selfishness (which originate as a result of egoistic preoccupations of the body). Absence of selfish thoughts and... Continue Reading →
  4. The secret doctrine (9/17/2018) - Adi Shankara lays down the basic postulate that a person who has understood the secret doctrine of Brahman – Brahma-tattva – will no longer have the kind of family attachment he had before. Conversely, a person who continues to have such attachment (and lives like most others) will not have assimilated the Brahme-tattva. (Sloka 441)... Continue Reading →
  5. Vedic authority (9/17/2018) - The Vedas recognise the existence of the phenomenon of Jeevanmukti. Kathopanishad proclaims that a person freeing oneself from the bondage of “eeshanas” will attain salvation. Transcending the crushing and visible bondages of desire, anger and the other inimical forces will mean putting him on the threshold of complete liberation. A  Jeevanmukta’s life is one of... Continue Reading →
  6. Yogavashishta on Jeevanmukti (9/18/2018) - Yogavasishta is “the most wonderful of books” according to Swami Rama Thirtha.  Whoever reads it, according to him, will not fail to reach the highest. It explains the doctrine of Advaita through a series of legends. It is also called Vaasistha Ramayan because the great Sage Vasishta initiated Sri Rama into the lore of enlightenment... Continue Reading →
  7. Ishwara on Jeevanmukti and Videhamukti (9/21/2018) - Videha Mukti “All knowing Maha Vishnu!”, says Iswara according to Soota Samhita (Mukti Khanda – 2nd chapter) which is part of Skandapurana, “In Vedanta Sastra, the concept of Mukti is explained as of different types.  But the most important five of them are (1) Salokya (2) Sameepya (3) Saroopya (4) Sayujya and (5) Swarupa.  Mundakopanishad... Continue Reading →
  8. Eligibility (9/21/2018) - The Swetashwara Upanishad says that those who are eligible to receive the benefits of Jeevanmukti state are threefold: (1) The disciples of a Sadguru (2) The devotees of God, and (3) The neutral ones among the atheists and theists (even an atheist gets cleansed of all sin and redeemed from bondage if he catches the... Continue Reading →
  9. Benefits of Jeevanmuktittva (9/21/2018) - From the moment of instant rise of Pratibha Shakti in the person following Sakshatkara or vivid God-experience the jeevan’s state of Jeevanmukti starts; the golden chapter of the sublime life dedicated to humanitarian service and protection of the world goes on till the moment of Videha-kaivalya when the mortal or corporeal appendage withers away. The... Continue Reading →
  10. True end and aim of human life (9/21/2018) - While the benefits of a Jeevanmukta’s life to the world cannot be precisely described, so far as the Jeevanmukta himself is concerned, it is not only an ample demonstration of the highest attainment but also of a living example to seekers and sadhakas in particular and others in general of the true end and aim... Continue Reading →
  11. Need for Sadguru (9/21/2018) - The rise of Brahmajnana is the vanishing point of ignorance and ignorant deeds it circumscribes but on account of an infinitesimal residuum of prarabdha karma, the Brahmajnani’s links with the world continue for some time after the vital God-experience catapulting him into the state of Jeevanmukti.  In other words it can be said that the... Continue Reading →
  12. A Jagadguru extols qualities of a Jeevanmukta (9/22/2018) - His Holiness Sri Sri Bharatitheertha Swamigal of Sringeri Sharada Peetam says that the subject of Jeevanmukti has been particularly discussed in Advaita Siddhanta; the Vedas, he reiterates, assert the essence in many ways as with such authoritative passages as “Atra Brahma Samsrute”. In clear terms he describes Jeevanmukti as attaining liberation while this body lasts. ... Continue Reading →
  13. A Jeevanmukta par excellence! (9/22/2018) - Sage Pareekshit, the recipient of Shuka Brahma’s grace in full measure and author of the unique Shuka Gayathri mantra described the son of Vyasa, the repository of Vedic knowledge and the patriarch of Puranas, as a Jeevanmukta par excellence and a personification of peace. “Jeevanmuktam sadaa shantam” Shuka, according to Pareekshit, was not only an... Continue Reading →
  14. Brahma & Dattathreya on Jeevanmukti (9/22/2018) - The simplest way to liberation! Narada Maharshi was once very much worried about the shape of things to come in Kali Yuga.  He went to Satya loka and asked the Creator of the universe, Brahma, “My Lord! As soon as we reach the darker side of Kali Yuga, men tend to give up righteous ways... Continue Reading →
  15. Upanishad of a Jeevanmukta (9/24/2018) - Shukarahasyopanishad Prajnaanaadimahaavaakya-rahasyadikalevaram, Vikalevarakaivalyam tripaadraamamaham bhaje. “Shukarahasyopanishad is verily the crown of all Upanishads” – Shiva “The Upanishads”, said Sri Sadashiva, “is to the Vedas what the head is to the body, but Shukarahasyopanishad is verily the crown of all Upanishads.  Whoever meditates on the Brahman conceived by this secret Upanishad develops detachment,” as a prelude... Continue Reading →
  16. Some Jeevanmuktas (9/25/2018) - ( A ) Sri Shuka Maharshi A lofty king among mountains called Himalaya stretching from East to West adorns our land of glory in the North like a yardstick meant to measure it.  At the foot of the mountain lies a place of divinity called Badarikashram.  Once it was at this place that Veda Vyasa... Continue Reading →

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