Jnani After Death by Swami Sivananda

The following is an excerpt from Swami Sivananda’s celebrated work “What Becomes of the Soul After Death”: pgs. 37, 162, 163-164.

The Pranas of Jivanmuktas who have attained knowledge of the Self do not depart. They are absorbed in Brahman. The Jivanmuktas who attain Kaivalya-Moksha or immediate salvation have no place to go to or return from. They become one with the All-pervading Brahman.

Q. Do you think that Mahatma Gandhi might escape the necessity of a rebirth?
A: It is a Divine Secret. The status of great men and great souls depends on the divine Dispensation.

For a Jnani who has realised the identity of his Inner Being with the Infinite Brahman, there is no rebirth, no migration, not even liberation; for he is already liberated. He has firmly established in an experience of the absolute Existence, Knowledge, Bliss, the Satchidananda Atman.

The continued existence of the world and of his own body appears to the Jnani, only as an illusion, the appearance of which he cannot remove, but which cannot further deceive him, till the time when, after the decease of the body, he wanders not forth, but remains where he is and what he is and eternally was, the first Principle of all beings and things, the original, eternal, pure, free Brahman.

While living and even when the body falls dead, the Jnani rests in his own essential Nature, his own Svarupa that is all-full, all-pure, timeless Consciousness and Bliss. The following assertions made by a Jnani constitute his own deepest convictions and experience.

I am Infinite, imperishable, self-luminous, self-existent. I am beginningless, endless, decayless, birthless, deathless. Never was I born. I am ever free, perfect, independent; I alone am; I pervade the entire universe; I am all-permeating and inter-penetrating; I am Supreme Peace and Freedom Absolute.

A Jnani lives for ever; he has attained life everlasting. Cravings torture him not; sins stain him not; birth and death touch him not; he is free from all cravings and longings; he ever rests in his own Satchidananda Svarupa. He sees the one Infinite Self in all, and all in the Infinite Self which is his being; he remains for ever as the Infinite Self of Consciousness and Delight.


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