Re: [INDOLOGY] siddha <-> jīvanmukta ?
hr at ivs.edu
Sat Apr 11 16:34:35 UTC 2015
Among Gaudiya Vaishnavas, the terms siddha and jivan-mukta can be used synonymously in some important contexts.
siddha may mean ‘perfected’ or ‘one who has attained the highest object’ etc. Clearly among those who value liberation as a perfection or highest object, the terms may be used synonymously.
Bhagavad-gita is full of verses that speak of being liberated from karma etc in this life, i.e. jivan-mukta
The great Rupa Gosvami, in Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.21.87 speaks of jivan-mukta. It is a standard term.
It depends on how one conceives of mukti, but mukti, however conceived is often considered a siddhi, or perfection of life, apart from other uses of all these terms.
> On Apr 11, 2015, at 11:21 AM, patrick mccartney <psdmccartney at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Friends,
> I am seeking clarification on the following terms.
> Are the terms siddha and jīvanmukta synonymous?
> If someone is considered to be a siddha, does that imply that they are 'liberated in this lifetime'?
> Does anyone know of any discussion that explicitly links these terms?
> All the best,
> Patrick McCartney
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