[Advaita-l] GYAnimAtra and the sthitapraGYa (was Re: FW: Avidya, Jnanis and SSS' views)

S Jayanarayanan sjayana at yahoo.com
Fri May 7 18:30:09 CDT 2010

--- On Fri, 5/7/10, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com> wrote:


> In fact, in the tight definition of the JMV of a
> jivanmukta (who has
> practiced vk and mn) it might appear that only a jivanmukta
> is a liberated
> one.  But outside this definition, it is commonly held
> that 'a liberated
> while alive' is an aparoksha jnani, with no explicit
> qualification that he
> is someone with a very high degree of vk and mn.

It is apparent from the above that you feel free to speak from one "commonly held" viewpoint that does not necessarily agree with the JMV.

I don't know how to answer that, except that I prefer to speak purely from the standpoint of an authoritative text, such as the JMV, especially in matters concerning GYAna and mukti. Otherwise, we arrive at strange concepts like "mukta with a living body, but not jIvanmukta", which are difficult to comprehend (to say the least)!



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