[Advaita-l] jeevanamuktha vis-a-vis avadhoota

anupam srivatsav anupam.srivatsav at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 01:16:03 CDT 2009

Dear friends,

In Sanskrit, Jivanmukti means = a liberated soul, who still lives.

Jiva is a bound soul.  MuktaH is a liberated soul.  Jivanmukti means,
jivann api muktaH.  jiv dhatu (to live) + shatru pratyaya (to indicate
present continuous) = jivan.

mukti = much dhatu + ktin ptratyaya.

jivan-muktaH = saamanadhikaram, which denotes the same person.  Though
one lives, he is liberated.

Living is a bondage and liberating is without any bondage.  How both
can co-exist?  I wonder.

With regards,

On 3/16/09, Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com> wrote:
> On Sat, 14 Mar 2009, manish mokshagundam wrote:
> > i find it hard to see the difference between the two. going by the
> > definition that a avadhoota is a person who has absorbed all knowledge and
> > has no need for even the vedas. how is he any different from a
> > jeevanamuktha, who too has acquired all the knowledge there is
> >
> >
> I would define avadhuta as being more of a term of practice.  Whereas
> jivanmukta describes more of an mental or existential state.
> Avadhuta refers to those sannyasis who maintain an extreme counter-social
> attitude. (I won't say anti-social because the aim is not to be hostile to
> social norms just seperate from them.)  They are particularly connected with
> Bhagavan Dattatreya but there are Tantric and Vaishnava saints who use the
> term avadhuta as well as Advaitins.
> A Jivanmukta is a sannyasi who has realized Brahman in this lifetime.  As
> far as I know, the term is used only in Advaita Vedanta not in any other
> sampradaya or darshana.  A particular jivanmukta may be an avadhuta or he
> may not.
> --
> Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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