“Jeevan Mukti Viveka” series: Part 3


Sri Vidyaranya Swamy in his Jeevan Mukti Viveka provides quotes from Yoga VassiShta.
Sri Rama asks Vasishta; O sage, the impressions of my former actions lead me to whatever action by whatever manner. I being powerless, have to comply.

Former Vasanas are the good and evil desires in an individual.

Vasishta tells Sri Rama, O Rama, for your dependence on your former actions you need to exert yourself and accompanied by efforts. Since you are subject to the impressions of your past actions, to get rid of this subjection you need to take the initiative with full enthusiasm for an all-out effort, physical and mental.

सत्यानुसारिणी लक्ष्मीः कीर्तिस्त्यागानुसारिणी। अभ्याससारिणी विद्या बुद्धिः कर्मानुसारिणी॥

Lakshmi comes according to truthfulness, keerti according to sacrifice, thyaga, vidya according to practice, Abhyasa and Buddhi the intellect according to Karma, the actions.
Desires are of two kinds, good and evil. If you are led by good desires you will attain to that eternal state. If your mind is attached to evil then by powerful efforts, bring it down to good course. The mind is like a child, so, it should be disciplined rigorously.

As long as your mind is not capable of reflecting the unity of Brahman and Atman and that Supreme state is not realised continue to practice, in accordance with the teacher, Scriptures and other valid evidence.

The existence and attainability of Jeevanmukti is indicated in Vedic texts. While alive, being particularly free from the visible bondage, becomes altogether free from the future bondage after fall of the body. In the case of Jeevanmukta the liberation is outright.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4-4-7 reads “When all the desires that dwell in his heart are gone, then he having been a mortal becomes immortal and attains Brahman in this very body.
In different Smrithis a Jeevanmukta is indicated by different names such as Sthitha Prajna, who has attained to the highest knowledge which is unshakeable. Bhagavadbhakta- who is completely merged in God, Gunateeta, one who has transcended this phenomenal existence composed of three Gunas, qualities, Sativka, Rajasa and tamasa. Brahmana,one who has attained the SELF. Ativarnashramin, who is beyond the reach of the four classes and four stages in the social life, Brahmacharya, Gruhasta, Vanaprasta and sanyasa.

In the Conversation between Vasishta and Rama a Jeevanmukta is described. Yogavasishta 3-9-2 to 3-9-47. Further, Vasishta explains Rama the peculiarities of Videhamukta and Jeevanmukta

To be Continued…..

Part1 link: “Jeevan Mukti Viveka” Series: Part1

Part2 link:  “Jeevan Mukti Viveka” Series: Part2

Part4 link: “Jeevan Mukti Viveka” Series: Part4

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