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    How To Recognise A Jivanmukta By Sri Swami Sivananda It is very difficult to judge a Jivanmukta. A Shakespeare only can understand a Shakespeare. A Jesus only
    Message 1 of 3 , Feb 16, 2008
      How To Recognise A Jivanmukta

      Sri Swami Sivananda

      It is very difficult to judge a Jivanmukta.
      A Shakespeare only can understand a Shakespeare.
      A Jesus only can understand a Jesus. A man of
      experience who has mixed with Sadhus and
      Sannyasins and lived with them for a number of
      years may arrive at certain definite conclusions
      and infer something. But he may or may not be
      accurate. Only a Jivanmukta with his eye of
      intuition (Divya Drishti) can directly see and
      understand a Jivanmukta.

      A Sadhu may be physically nude. He may not keep
      anything with him. He may use his hands as the
      begging bowl and live underneath a tree. He may
      live in a forest. Yet he may be the greatest
      scoundrel; he may be the most worldly minded man
      with internal and external attachments. He may
      dance in joy when he gets an eight-anna piece for
      his opium-smoking. His mind may be full of
      distractions and disturbances. Whereas a man may
      live in the bustle of a town or city. He may lead
      the life of a Big Babu. He may wear fashionable
      dress. He may eat dainties. Yet he may have the
      least attachment and craving for anything.
      Sri Ramanuja lived amidst luxuries. He preached a
      life of enjoyment. Raja Janaka had his royal
      pleasures. And yet he said: "My Wealth is boundless,
      yet I have nothing. Even if the whole of Mithila
      were burnt to ashes nothing of mine will be burnt."

      Householders make wrong judgments in deciding the
      nature of Jivanmukta. They take into consideration
      only the external conditions of a Jivanmukta. Even
      educated people commit mistakes in this regard.

      One cannot estimate the advancement of a Jivanmukta
      by a simple casual talk for an hour or two. One has
      to live with him for a long time and then alone one
      will be able to draw some accurate conclusions.
      There had been instances of realised persons who
      had elephants, horses and all royal paraphernalia
      without being affected in the least by these external
      objects. They had always Jnana Nishta and Svaroopa
      Stithi (established in knowledge of Brahman) amidst
      multifarious activities. This is the integral
      development. This is the gist of the Bhagvad Gita.
      This is the central teaching of Lord Krishna.

      What is wanted is mental nudity. Jnana is purely
      an internal state. The external marks are no sure
      criterion. So do not look into the external things
      of a Jivanmukta. A man may take any kind of food,
      he may dress in any way he likes, he may part his
      hair in any manner he finds it convenient. These
      are all non-essentials. Always look into his internal
      mental state.

      Do not judge a man by his Siddhis (psychic powers).
      Another great blunder people generally commit is that
      they judge the enlightenment of Jivanmuktas by the
      Siddhis they display. Siddhis are side-lights. They are
      invitation from Devatas. They have nothing to do
      with Atmic realisation. A Sadhu may manifest Siddhis
      due to strong passions and intense desires, and if
      that be the case he is undoubtedly a big householder
      only. But this does not mean that a person manifesting
      Siddhis is not a Jivanmukta. There are several
      instances of such persons who have exhibited several
      Siddhis purely for the elevation and uplift of
      the world, but never for selfish motives.

      The ways of a Jnani are mysterious. Many do not
      recognise a Jivanmukta. Real aspirants know him
      at once without any difficulty. They follow him.
      They live in close contact with him.

      He who has mastery over the mind and Indriyas,
      he who always dwells on the inner Atman is the
      real Jivanmukta, Nityamukta, a great master, the
      real hero indeed.

      He who is calm, collect, controlled and contented,
      he who dwells in solitude, he who has given up
      seeking pleasure outside in sensual objects but
      seeks bliss and peace inwardly in Atman that shines
      in the chambers of the heart by constant and
      intense meditation after withdrawing the Indriyas,
      is really a Jivanmukta. Such a man must be adored.
      He who comes in contact with such a person is a
      blessed soul indeed. Verily this man also will be
      spiritualised and elevated quickly.

      A Jivanmukta is the Sun of Suns, the Light of
      lights. Sun shines only during day. But the
      Jivanmukta shines day and night. Glory, glory
      to such awakened inspired high souls! May their
      blessings be upon us all.

      The great soul who does not offend anybody in
      thought, words or deed, and who is not hurt even
      a bit by the taunts, censures, insults and injuries
      by others is the real Jivanmukta. He who dwells
      or lives in the Supreme Self only, he who delights
      and rejoices within the Atman cannot hurt others
      and cannot be hurt by others.

      He who is homeless, who is free from all cravings,
      yearnings, longings, passions, desires, love
      of society, lustful feeling, and who calls nothing
      his own is really a Jivanmukta, who has attained
      freedom or emancipation from births and deaths.
      Hail, hail to such a great Mahatma!

      He who is above good and evil, virtue and vice,
      who has transcended the mind and seed body
      (Anandamaya Kosha or Karana Sarira) who has
      knowledge of the Vedas and wisdom of the Self,
      who finds no faults in others, who is free from
      all kinds of doubts, who bears reproaches and
      insults, who never gets angry even under extreme
      provocations, who is always gentle and mild, and
      who always speaks the truth and utters sweet and
      instructive words is really a Jivanmukta.

      He who has broken all ties, who has subdued all
      Indriyas, who is free from all kinds of temptations,
      who has renounced Trishna, Vasana, Kamana and egoism
      and who is dwelling in Atman and Atman alone is the
      greatest of all men. He is a Jivanmukta. Even Indra
      and other Devas are envious of such an exalted
      personage. Even Lord Vishnu follows the feet of
      such a great saint to get the dust that is thrown
      off from his feet. Even Lord Siva keeps the dust
      of his feet in a golden casket.

      Self-poised state in pleasure and pain, censure
      and praise etc., and universal love are the two
      important characteristics of a Jivanmukta.

      If a person has no dislikes or hatred for any creature
      in this world in thought, word and deed, he is a

      A Jivanmukta or a full-blown Jnani is full of
      pure love, compassion, mercy, exquisite gentleness
      and hidden power and strength. Love and lustre
      (Brahma Tejas) shine through his brilliant eyes.

      He who sees all things in one and one in all things
      is really a Jivanmukta. He enjoys peace of mind. He
      lives in God.

      A Jnana Yogi is always in Samadhi (Jnana Nishtha).
      He need not sit in a room in an Asana. No Asana is
      needed for him. He does not want a room. He is not
      affected by Maya. There is no `in Samadhi' and
      `out of Samadhi' for a Jnana Yogi.

      He is very silent. He speaks a few words. These
      words produce tremendous impressions. They give a
      new life and joy to all who understand him and his
      message. In his presence alone all the doubts of
      the aspirant are cleared, though he remains mute.

      When a Jivanmukta sees outside, he may simply see,
      but the Vritti may not assume Vishayakara (form of
      the objects) as in the case of worldly-minded persons.

      A Jivanmukta may or may not have any Siddhis. But
      if he likes, he can have. He will find out quickly
      the modus operandi and exhibit them. He cannot have
      the Anima, Mahima Siddhis. He will have spiritual
      Siddhis through Sat Sankalpa. A fully developed
      Jivanmukta can achieve anything through his will.

      Pain in the body and quarrels always exist in the
      world. A Jivanmukta has to face these when he does
      Vyavahara. He does not mind them. He rises above
      them. He laughs and smiles as they are unreal.
      He knows that there is neither pain nor quarrel
      in the Atman.

      When he is absorbed in Brahman (the Glory of
      glories, the Soul of souls) he will not be able
      to work. But when he comes down from his full
      Brahmic-consciousness owing to the force of
      Prarabdha and Vikshepa Shakti, he will pour forth
      his love at the cry of a suffering soul. So radiant
      and compassionate is he. He is the ocean of mercy
      and love and peace, a Buddha or Jesus.

      A Jivanmukta casts off this body as a slough when
      he identifies himself with Brahman (Sat-Chit-Ananda)
      just as a snake throws off its skin.

      A Jivanmukta may give up his body in any place,
      at any time. Just as the falling of leaves and
      fruits of a tree will not affect the tree itself,
      so also the dropping the body will not affect the
      Atman, which survives like the tree.

      They are the Jivanmuktas or the `delivered in life'
      who have come to know that `Brahman is real; the
      world is illusory and Jiva is Brahman himself'
      through the teaching of Sastras and Guru as well
      as through Self-realisation; and who took upon all
      as Brahman.

      They who have the direct or intuitive knowledge
      of Brahman (Aparoksha Jnana).

      Direct knowledge (Aparoksha Jnana) is the knowledge
      characterised by firm conviction of one's being
      neither Brahmin nor Sudra nor Purusha nor body,
      but the everlasting intelligence and Bliss Absolute,
      the Self-effulgent, the Inner Ruler of all beings,
      all-pervading intelligence like Akasa just as one
      labouring under Avidya has the same firm conviction:
      `I am body, I am male, I am Brahmin, I am Sudra' etc.

      The direct knowledge `I am Brahman,' annihilates
      the bondage of all Karmas.

      A Jivanmukta is perfectly desireless, I-less,
      mine-less, fearless, and angerless. He beholds the
      Self only everywhere. He has equal vision. He has
      balanced mind. He has no attachment, longings and
      cravings. His state is beyond description and yet
      he will move in the world like an ordinary man.
      He is ever calm and peaceful. He rests in the Turiya
      state. He identifies himself with the Pure,
      All-pervading Brahman. He is free from dualities,
      differences and distinctions.

      Jivanmuktas will neither long for things in the
      future nor think of the things of the past. They
      will always do actions for the solidarity of the
      world. They are not frightened or astonished at
      any unusual occurrence in nature. They will never
      be disconcerted even should the sun grow cold or
      the moon turn hot or the fire begin to burn with
      its flame downwards or the course of the river
      begin to rise upwards.

      Jivanmukta is free from egoism, desires, Gunas
      and attachment. He has equal vision. He enjoys
      perfect peace and eternal bliss. Therefore he
      will never be afflicted in mind. Whether engaged
      in business or retired from it, whether living
      with a family or leading a single life, the man
      who identifies himself with the Immortal Self or
      Brahman and who has nothing to fear, or care, or
      to be sorry for in this world, is regarded as
      liberated in this life. He who knows himself to
      be without beginning and end, decay and death,
      and to be of the nature of pure consciousness,
      remains always quiet and composed in himself and
      has no cause for sorrow at all. He gets rid of
      the knowledge that `this is I', `that is another,'
      `this is mine.
    • jvmarco
      OSHO: Anybody who gives you a belief system is your enemy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBEIeRSLb8k&feature=related
      Message 2 of 3 , Feb 16, 2008

        OSHO: Anybody who gives you a belief system is your enemy



        The true teaching?

      • medit8ionsociety
        ... Yo JV, You ve pointed us to two teachers who I think it wise to heed the ancient advise that says to listen to the message and not focus on the messenger.
        Message 3 of 3 , Feb 16, 2008
          "jvmarco" <jvmarco@...> wrote:
          > OSHO: Anybody who gives you a belief system is your enemy
          > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBEIeRSLb8k&feature=related
          > <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBEIeRSLb8k&feature=related>
          > The true teaching?
          > http://www.fourthway.us/teaching.html
          > <http://www.fourthway.us/teaching.html>
          Yo JV,
          You've pointed us to two teachers who I think
          it wise to heed the ancient advise that says
          to listen to the message and not focus on the
          messenger. Osho is perhaps one the most controversial
          Guru's ever, what with his sexual antics, his
          Rolls Royces, his followers attempt at
          poisoning a town, and so on, but he did share
          some meditative concepts and techniques that
          potentially have great beneficial aspects.
          Gangaji also shares many things worth meditating
          on and about, but she too has "things" that
          distract from her message, like her hiding
          her husband's cheating on her, and other
          things that I found were well stated in a "review"
          of her video on You tube that said the following:
          "Apparently Papaji (Gangaji's teacher/Guru) said
          that he meant for the Westerners to send people
          to him for enlightenment not to start charging
          money and setting themselves up as teachers. He
          said that they were enlightened only in his
          presence but could not maintain that state and
          were not truly enlightened. I'm sure her delusion
          is most sincere."
          So, without any personal judgement about how Enlightened
          Osho or Gangaji are or aren't, I think it well
          worth restating the wisdom St, Dylan spoke of...
          "Don't follow leaders. Watch the parking meters."
          Peace and blessings,
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