Jivanmukti

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Jivanmukti literally means ‘liberation even while living’.

Types of Mukti

The scriptures of Vedānta accept two types of mukti or liberation from trans-migratory existence. They are:

  1. Jīvanmukti : liberation even while living
  2. Videhamukti : liberation from all the bodies including the present one

Mukta Elucidation

When a person attains ātmajñāna or direct experience of one’s true nature as the ātman or Self, he is liberated from future births and hence he is called as a ‘mukta’.

Jīvanmukta

Since the prārabdhakarma that started the present body is still in existence, a mukta person continues to live with all the experiences brought about by that karma. But his reactions to those experiences are completely different. He already knows from his mystic experience that he is just the pure spirit and not the material body in which he has temporarily made his abode. Such a person is called a ‘jīvanmukta’. He is liberated even while living in the body.

Videhamukti

When the prārabdhakarma gets exhausted and the body falls, he attains ‘videhamukti’ which is like a river entering into an ocean and losing its identity.

References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore