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Title: Sayujya mukti

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-03-08 20:01:00


What is this concept mentioned in Shri Haranama cintamani?


There are five kinds of mukti or liberation described in the Shrimad Bhagavatam:



(1) Sarupya Mukti - Same form as the Lord

(2) Salokya Mukti - Residence inthe same abode of the Lord

(3) Sarshti - Same opulence as the Lord

(4)Samipya - Intimacy or close proximity with the Lord

(5) Sayujya - mergingwith the Lord



Out of these 5, the first 4 are acceptable to the devotees if they are ableto do direct devotional service to the Lord in the Vaikuntha planets.



But the 5th one sayujya mukti is always abhorred or striclly avoidedby thedevotees of the Lord because by merging with the Lord, pure devotional servicedisappears forever. The devotees literally consider this sayujya mukti as worsethan going to hellsince in hell they can atleast perform devotional service bychanting the Lord's Holy Names. Even Hanuman the great devotee prayed to LordRama for only one benediction: "The desire for sayujya mukti should never everappear in my mind."



Sayujya Mukti is of two kinds as described in Shri ChaitanyaCharitamrita:



(i) Brahma Sayujya - To merge in the brahman or brahmajyoti which is thespiritual effulgence from the body of the Lord. Here the soul exists simply as aspiritual spark experiencing brahmananda that is freedom from the material cycleof birth and death.



(ii) Ishvara Sayujya - To merge into the body of the Lord directly likeShishupala's soul and is considered even more ghastly by the devotees. Becausewhen you merge in the impersonal effulgence of the Lord, some great devotees cancome there and save you and make you qualified to go to the Vaikuntha planets todirectly serve the Lord. But when the soul merges in the body of the Lord, thesoul is doomed to never achieve direct devotional service to the Lord.


This is quoted in the Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu by Shrila Rupa Goswami and alsoin Padyavali.



bhava-bandha-cchide tasyai

sprhayami na muktaye

bhavan prabhur ahamdasa

iti yatra vilupyate



"O Lord, You are the eternal master, and I am Your eternal servant. If youreally desire to give me a benediction then give me this: I do not want to evereven get the faintest glimpse of the wicked desire for mukti or liberation ofbecoming one with Youbecause due to this desire the opportunity to eternallyserve you in my eternal and constitutional relationship will disappear forever." -Shri Hanuman



Jaya Shuddha Bhakta Shri Hanuman ki Jaya!!!


We invite responses and replies from other devotees to the posts. If theyanswer satisfactorily then I will not reply to that question so that we can moveahead. If the devotee who asked the question is not fully satisfied then I canchip in with my response too.



Yoursin service, Swami Gaurangapada