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I used to believe that JivanMukti; a state of liberation while still in this body was something that was specific to advaita Vedant sect only.

But I recently came across a quote by Gaudiya Vaishnav Saint and ISKCON founder Swami Prabhupada that goes something like this

A person who engages in devotional service to God is liberated while still in this body.

But in some of the discourses from advaita Vedantins I heard that Vaishnavas do not believe in JivanMukti(the saint did say that Gaudiyas beliefs are little different, but He did not elaborate).

So which sects of Vaishnavas believe in JivanMukti? Is there any difference in the jivanmukti of advaitins and Vaishnavas(if they believe)?

  • The Swaminarayan Sampradaya believes in Jivanmukti. – Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury Oct 26 '18 at 13:05
  • The idea of liberation is to be situated in one's original constitutional position which is devotional service to Krishna. That's why if we are engaged in devotional service to God, you are in one sense already liberated since, you are just doing the same as when you reach goloka. The difference is that for one who is not purified, bhakti is like sugarcane tasted by jaundice person and after full purification of heart, it is like sweet nectar even in this body. muktir hitvānyathā rūpaṁ  sva-rūpeṇa vyavasthitiḥ SB 2.10.6 svarupena avasthita is more important. svarupa is to be devotional. – user16618 Nov 23 '18 at 17:12

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