Saguna parabrahman is a parabrahman with gunas (say Krishna).

Jivan mukta is a person who attained moksha but living due to prarabda (say Jada bharata).

What is the fundamental difference between a jivan mukta and saguna brahman?

  • Jivan mukta is a jiva and can never be equal to saguna Brahman. Nov 2, 2019 at 16:22
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    I remember reading somewhere that even saguNa brahman/Ishwara has no power over the jIvanmukta. This is according to advaita, of course. I will try to find the reference.
    – user16581
    Nov 2, 2019 at 17:11
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    Jivanmukta will become Brahman in future and is in Turiya. Saguna Brahman manifests when the infinite Brahman takes a form for some purpose.
    – user16530
    Nov 2, 2019 at 20:06

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No Jiva, however, spiritually advanced can equal Saguna Brahman.The fundamental difference is in shakti.

All is Brahman, the One without a second; only the Brahman, as unity or absolute, is too much of an abstraction to be loved and worshipped; so the Bhakta chooses the relative aspect of Brahman, that is Ishvara, the Supreme Ruler. To use a simile: Brahman is as the clay or substance out of which an infinite variety of articles are fashioned. As clay, they are all one; but form or manifestation differentiates them. Before everyone of them was made, they all existed potentially in the clay, and, of course, they are identical substantially; but when formed, and so long as the form remains, they are separate and different; the clay-mouse can never become a clay-elephant, because, as manifestations, form alone makes them what they are, though as unformed clay they are all one. Ishvara is the highest manifestation of the Absolute Reality, or in other words, the highest possible reading of the Absolute by the human mind.

Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume 3, 37-42

  • So what happens when jivan mukta drops his body? Will he merge in Nirguna Brahman then? Nov 3, 2019 at 3:44
  • Jivan mukta is free to do what he wants. He might choose to remain merged with Brahman or he might choose to maintain a subtle body and remain in duality. Nov 3, 2019 at 15:52

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