[Advaita-l] jivanmukti

Tahir Nazir tnazir at energy.com.au
Sun Nov 9 22:46:59 CST 2003

> Well the single distinguishing characteristic of a jivanamukta is they 
> free.  So if they seem to be expressing non-free behaviour (like 
> in your example) then they are probably not jivanamuktas.

Freedom is a key to being a jivanmukti. One could then say that person 
must be free from desire, from hunger, etc. But these realised beings do 
eat food, why do they consume food if there is no desire? If one can eat 
food then surely one can smoke 20 cigarettes a day and still be free.

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