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Difference Between Jivanmukta And Ordinary Individual

A jivanmukta is free from the idea of reaching, achieving, or gaining, because he has already reached or understood (Yoga Sutra II.27) salvation. Patanjali calls it ‘the seven-fold insight’. Jeevanmukta is free from all effort. He overcomes the process of desire, and is free from fear, craving and anger. Outwardly, he is quite ordinary like any one of us. But inwardly, he has undergone a world of qualitative change. He is sensitive to the whole world of beings, not just to a part of it. His personality is universalized. This is said in so many words by Patanjali and also in the Bhagavad Gita. It is perhaps the most glorious topics of Yoga psychology.

The difference between the behavior of a jivanmukta and that of an ordinary person may be in terms of the fluctuations of mind and states of mind. Whereas an ordinary person’s mind has afflicted fluctuations, and the states of ‘wavering’, ‘infatuated’ and ‘occasionally steadied’, the mind of a jivanmukta enjoys the states are ‘pinpointed’ and ‘dissolved’. The state of jivanmukti is indicated by various words such as unmani, sahaj avastha, nirbija Samadhi and yoga nidra.