Jivan Mukti and Advaita

Ashish Chandra ramkisno at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 17 13:22:46 CDT 1999

>Ashish Chandra <ramkisno at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >Jiva. I am also not clear as to why you chose to compare whether death
> >better or a realization of Brahman in this life.
>The reason for my comparison is the assumption that is evident in the
>following lines.
> >hence the Mukti of the Jiva should logically be possible in whatever form
> >the Jiva takes after discarding the previous body.
>      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>Now, why should the liberation of a Jiva happen *after* the discarding of
>the previous body? Why is there a perceived contradiction between being
>liberated and the presence of a body?

No, that is not what I am saying. It(mukti) can happen at anytime, while the
jiva has this body or when it does not or when it has another body. There
should be no contradiction. I am not stating that liberation means giving up
of this body. What I had said in the email, as you pointed out, is that it
should be possible for the jiva, if liberation was not achieved *with a
body*, to achieve liberation *even after* the body is gone. That is why I
wanted to know why it was said that jivan mukti (I take this to mean
liberation in this body ?) is *essential* in Advaitam. That is what I wanted
to know - whether this is a principle. If yes, then what have the Acharyas


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