Bhishma is a well-known person from Mahabharata. He is a grand father of both Kauravas and Pandavas. Almost everyone respect him.

Consider the following slokha from Mahabharata and its translation

अयं बरह्मविदां शरेष्ठॊ अयं बरह्मविदां गतिः

इत्य अभाषन्त भूतानि शयानं भरतर्षभम

[12, 115, 6, The Mahabharata]


This one is the foremost of those conversant with the Vedas! This one is the best of those that are conversant with the Vedas!--Even thus did creatures speak of that bull among men as he lay (on his bed of arrows).

[Section 121, Bhagavat-Gita Parva, Bhishma Parva, The Mahabharata ]

Here the word बरह्मविदां has been translated as conversant with the Vedas!, which may be true and are there any other possible interpretations for the same word as liberated or Brahman (Jivan Muktha)?

Along with it, are there any other slokha from Mahabharata or other scriptures say that Bhishma is a Jivan Muktha to support it?

  • Jivanmukta is a big thing. His knowledge is infinite. Bhisma on the other hand said that he was unable to speak even the Shiva Sahasranama when asked to do so (by Yudhhisthira I think). Eventually Sri Krishna had to reveal the Sahasranama (My knowledge of Mahabharata is worst so I might be wrong in the details). So Bhisma was not by any means.
    – Rickross
    Dec 6, 2020 at 6:09
  • @Rickross but many times in scriptures, jivanmuktas does not behave like sarvagnas... Don't know in detail. But just opining.
    – hanugm
    Dec 6, 2020 at 16:41
  • May be but IMO Jivanmuktas mostly behave like retarded or mad persons if they live in a society. Mostly they won't live among humans.
    – Rickross
    Dec 7, 2020 at 6:23

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I don't know what Jivan mukta is, but the translation probably is alluding to the fact that bhishma knew the mantras for the activation of astras among other vedic intricacies

  • Jivan Mukta means a living liberated person.
    – hanugm
    Dec 7, 2020 at 11:37
  • I don't think so, those would be Krishna, vyasa, etc but it's best to read about bhishma in the epic itself if you want to know more about him.
    – Matko
    Dec 7, 2020 at 12:31

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