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Liberation is our natural, free, spiritual condition, minus all the harsh conditions of material nature. In the material world, we’re forced to endure repeated birth and death, old age, and diseases. We’re not free. But in the spiritual world, where most people live, everyone is liberated—just as “out of jail” is where most law-abiding citizens are.

To become liberated—and stay that way—we need to get free from the mindset that keeps us in material bondage, which is, “I am this body and the world is mine to enjoy as I please.” We’re spiritual beings, and meant to act in harmony with the supreme whole, the Absolute Truth, or Krishna. If our actions are informed by spiritual knowledge, we’re already liberated, for all intents and purposes, even while we’re still inside material bodies.

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Beyond just being free from material restrictions, liberation—mukti—comes in several varieties, depending on how we want to relate with the Supreme Person. We can live on the same planet as the Supreme Person, have His personal association, or have the same bodily features and opulence as He does.

But pure devotees of Krishna, the Supreme Person, never even desire any of those kinds of liberation. They’re so satisfied in their service that all they want is to continue serving Him, no matter where they are.

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We like to quote our sources. This page is based on the following:

  • Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Introduction: “One must become free from the bodily conception of life; that is the preliminary activity for the transcendentalist. One who wants to become free, who wants to become liberated, must first of all learn that he is not this material body. Mukti, or liberation, means freedom from material consciousness.”
  • Srimad-Bhagavatam, 2.10.6: “. . . Liberation is the permanent situation of the form of the living entity after he gives up the changeable gross and subtle material bodies.”
  • Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Introduction: Mukti means liberation from the contaminated consciousness of this material world and situation in pure consciousness. All the instructions of Bhagavad-gita are intended to awaken this pure consciousness, and therefore we find at the last stage of the Gita’s instructions that Krishna is asking Arjuna whether he is now in purified consciousness.”
  • Srimad-Bhagavatam, 4.23.9, Purport: “Even for the neophyte devotee, devotional service is considered brahma-bhuyaya kalpate [liberated]. Devotional service to the Lord is never considered a material activity. Since he is acting on the brahma-bhuta platform, a devotee is already liberated. . .If the devotee adheres strictly to the orders of the spiritual master, follows the rules and regulations and chants the Hare Krishna mantra, it should be concluded that he is already at the brahma-bhuta stage, as confirmed in Bhagavad-gita (14.26):
    ‘One who is engaged in full devotional service, unfailing in all circumstances, at once transcends the modes of material nature and thus comes to the level of Brahman.'”
  • Srimad-Bhagavatam, 4.18.5, Purport: “Although a follower may not be a liberated person, if he follows the supreme, liberated Personality of Godhead, his actions are naturally liberated from the contamination of the material nature.”
  • Srimad-Bhagavatam, 3.29.13: “A pure devotee does not accept any kind of liberation. . .even though they are offered by the Supreme Personality of Godhead.”

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