I find this to be such a beautiful concept that I wanted to share it with you. Translated from Sanskrit, the term jivan mukti, a philosophical concept in Hinduism, is this idea of “fully living here and now in a state of self-realization and liberation” ~ Svetasvatara Upanishad.
The ultimate goal of Hinduism is the liberation from the rebirth cycles. In the Advaita school of Shankara however, humans are already liberated and the soul is already free. One only has to realize (and accept) this freedom. Liberation, or moksha, releases us from the suffering of reincarnation. Moksha is seen as a final release from the illusion of self. Then, takes place a loosening of the shackle of experiential duality, and the realization of one’s own fundamental nature: sat (true being), and cit (pure consciousness).
Liberation can also be understood as detachment from material existence. Quite simply, I think you will find that we attach way too much importance to things, appearances and titles. In fact, we define ourselves by our job, the car we drive, the clothes we wear and the things we own. The question is, if these external things were absent, who would you be? Are you just the girl with the nice Gucci purse? I don’t think so, but you have to realize the lesser importance of such things to gain liberation, moksha.
In Hinduism, self-realization refers to a profound spiritual awakening where there is an awakening from an illusory self identify image (Ego), to the true, divine, perfect condition that the individual is. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, defines self realization as: “a connection with your self or the first encounter with reality”. I find that practicing yoga opens this door for further exploration, and that even though I know so little, I sometimes get a glimpse of this reality.
In the Merriam Webster’s dictionary, self-realization is the: “fulfillment by oneself of the possibilities of one’s character or personality“. I think that this latin expression that a friend recently shared: “A Posse, Ad Esse“, translating approximately to “from possibility to reality“, is enlightening in this sense.
And so, jivan mukti, to me, is a world of possibilities for knowledge, for happiness and to end suffering in our own lives. Fully living here and now, is engaging ourselves in the life that we are living rather than being a victim or a passenger. For this however, a true shift in perspective is a necessary step in living a happier life. As the Dalai-Lama says: “all humans have the same potential: we only have to seize the opportunities“.
Therefore, only you can decide to rise above restrictive emotions generated by fear, anger and hatred. You can enjoy life if you choose too, everyone can, your soul is already free. So love, be compassionate, share, and laugh, because life offers a world full of opportunities.