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A Liberated Person Jivan Mukta – As per Yoga Vasishta


The knowledge of the Self is the fire that burns up the dry grass of desire. This indeed is what is called samadhi, not mere abstention from speech.

He who realizes that the whole universe is really nothing but consciousness and remains quite calm is protected by the armour of Brahman; he is happy.

The yogi who has attained the state which is beyond everything and remains always cool as the full moon is truly the Supreme Lord.

He who reflects in his innermost heart upon the purport of the Upanishads dealing with Brahman and is not moved by joy and sorrow, is not tormented by samsara.

Just as birds and beasts do not take shelter on a mountain on fire, so also evil (thoughts) never occur to a knower of Brahman.

Wise men also, like foolish men, (occasionally) make others angry, (but they do so only) in order to test their ability to control their innate feelings (that is to say to see how far the anger of other persons will affect them).

Just as the trembling (of the body) caused by the (imaginary) snake persists (for some time) even after realizing that there is no snake, so also the effect of delusion persists (for some time) even after getting rid of all delusions.

Just as a crystal is not stained by what is reflected in it, so also a knower of truth is not really affected by the result of his acts.

Even while he is intent on outward actions (the knower of Truth) always remains introverted and extremely calm like one asleep.

Firmly convinced of non-duality and enjoying perfect mental peace, yogis go about their work seeing the world as if it were a dream.

Let death come to him (the knower of truth) today or at the end of aeons; he remains untarnished like gold buried in mire.

He may cast off his body at Kashi or in the dirtiest imaginable place. He, the desireless one, is liberated at the very moment he attains knowledge (of Brahman).

 To one who is desireless, the earth, O Rama, is (as insignificant as) the hoof-print of a cow, Mount Meru, a mound, space as much as contained in a casket and the three worlds a blade of grass.

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Source: Yoga Vasishta Sara (The Essence of Yoga Vasistha) Sri Ramanasramam Tiruvannamalai




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