From the highest point of view, liberation is liberation and there are no stages in it1 min read

Shri Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse 53                   ,

“On completion of the fruit of the actions of prarabdha, the jnani enters the state of absolute liberation. There is no further birth for him. He enjoys the unsurpassable bliss which is called the abode of Vishnu. “

Commentary

When the impact of karma, the fruition of which has already begun, called prarabdha, is exhausted, the Yogi enters into the blissful state of absolute liberation from sansara and karma.

It does not mean that there is any slight bondage still left for him.

This doctrine of prarabdha is accepted to explain to the uninitiated the mystery of the continuation of the life of a jivan-mukta.

From the highest point of view, liberation is liberation and there are no stages in it such as jivan-mukti and release after death. When the illusory snake disappears and the rope, its substratum, is revealed, the snake does not disappear by stages.

You cannot say first the tail goes and then the teeth and the venomous hood.

In the theory of Ajata-vada which is accepted in the highest state of Vedanta, there is no such distinction-as that between jivan-mukti and videha-mukti.

The expression ‘state of Vishnu’ does not mean any personal state.

It is a reference to a passage in the Veda. The word ‘Vishnu’ means the all-pervasive Lord and his bliss is the consciousness of man in its real aspect.

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