Siddha and Jivanmukti are two concepts related to spirituality and liberation. They are similar in nature but they come from different traditions and have distinct meanings.
In the context of the Siddha tradition, “Siddha” refers to a highly realized being or accomplished practitioner who has attained spiritual enlightenment or self-realization. Siddhas are considered masters who have transcended the limitations of the physical body and mind and have gained profound insights into the nature of reality. They are believed to have achieved extraordinary spiritual powers (siddhis) as a result of their spiritual attainments. Siddhas are revered as spiritual guides and are seen as examples of the highest potential of human realization.
Jivanmukti is a concept from the Advaita Vedanta tradition, a philosophical school within Hinduism. It refers to a liberated being who has attained liberation (moksha) while still living in a physical body. A Jivanmukta is someone who has realized their essential unity with the ultimate reality (Brahman) and has transcended the cycle of birth and death (samsara). They are said to be free from the bondage of ignorance (avidya) and ego, and they live in a state of profound peace, wisdom, and spiritual freedom. Jivanmukti is considered the highest goal in Advaita Vedanta, where the individual self (Atman) is realized as identical to the universal Self (Brahman).
Siddha & Jivanmukti
Both Siddha and Jivanmukti represent states of spiritual attainment, where the practitioner has transcended ordinary human limitations and gained a deeper understanding of the nature of existence. While the contexts and traditions in which these terms are used are different, they both point to the idea of liberation and self-realization as the ultimate goal of the spiritual journey. Siddhas and Jivanmuktas are seen as beacons of spiritual wisdom and inspiration for those on the path of spiritual awakening and self-discovery.