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(Mukti or Moksha)

Ordinary Mukti (Najat) is achieved only after death by some exceptionally God-fearing, Truth-loving, good souls. And this Mukti usually comes three to five days after the soul has left the body. Since this Mukti is attained without the body, the individual soul enjoys only bliss (anand). And although power and knowledge are there, such a Mukta cannot experience them. Such a Liberated soul is conscious only of the bliss of union, and for Him creation no longer exists, thereby bringing to an end the constant round of births and deaths.

Nirvikalpa samadhi must not be confused with this ordinary Mukti or Moksha state. Should a soul reach the Mukti state, it does so after the death of the physical body. Such a soul reaches God, but this occurs only after death. Thus there is an important distinction between ordinary Mukti on the one hand, and Nirvikalpa samadhi on the other, because the latter is experienced while the soul retains the body, and thus becomes Videh Mukta (a Majzoob).

Two kinds of Mukti

There are two kinds of mukti (liberation). One is called Videh Mukti and the other Jivan Mukti. King Janak (father of Sita, Ram's wife) was a Videh Mukta, which means that He was not in the least affected by any outward situation. He also had no feeling (sensations) regarding his body; Janak placed one foot in burning fire and the other in icy cold water and did not feel either.

Sai Baba was also a Videh Mukta. It is said that Sai would often use His bare hands as a ladle while serving boiling dish of food.

The deepest meaning of Jivan Mukta is to remain emancipated from birth, like Ram, Krishna or Christ. The Videh Mukta has one disadvantage- He cannot take upon Himself the suffering of another. Suppose you have a severe headache. To relieve you of it, a Sadguru must suffer the same amount of agony -He must have a similar headache. But when the Videh Mukta has no outward feelings, how can He free anyone from a headache? How can He free anyone from anything when He does not feel pain? How can He suffer for another being when He is unconscious of physical suffering?