[Advaita-l] About Moksha or Enlightenment
v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Tue Feb 7 10:44:30 CST 2017
There is the example of Jadabharata in his deer janma being conscious of
his past sadhana and exercising great care not to slip away once again.
Also there is the example of Hanuman, a vānara technically, and yet being
an exalted soul.
On Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 7:25 PM, Vidyasankar Sundaresan via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> On Feb 7, 2017 6:55 AM, "Kripa Shankar via Advaita-l" <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Namaste Bhaskar,
> I just wanted to know if it is possible for an animal to get Moksha. I have
> no doubts regarding RM or the cow.
> At least in the context of Advaita, mukti means Jivanmukti. Is it not?
> Shankara has clarified that krama mukti is not
> Moksha/enlightenment/nirvana. Because otherwise, any random
> animal/bird/insect may go to shiva/vishnu lokA after death. Who knows?
> That's just the thing. Every jIva is on the path of kramamukti. There is no
> rule that this path doesn't include pashu-janmas along the way. Whatever
> karmA resulted in birth as an animal or bird or insect, once it is
> exhausted, yields to the results of other past karmA that was waiting to
> happen. Where some previous good karmA might well take that particular jIva
> is beyond the horizon of our knowledge here and now.
> So, on that note, can we wrap up this thread of discussion? I don't see any
> key tattva related points that have remained unsaid over the last two weeks
> in this topic.
> When the Acharya says jantUnAm nara Jenna durlabham, it is about using the
> opportunity given in our current janma to get jnAna. It says nothing about
> what the next step is going to be for a cow or elephant or crow after its
> death. Beyond a point, it seems to me that such discussions are a waste of
> time, which would be much better spent in making the best of this nara
> janma that we have today.
> Thank you,
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