Param Mukta


A supremely free soul. [ref]The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, explained by Paramhansa Yogananda.[/ref] The param mukta has been liberated from the actions commited by his soul in delusion during all incarnations. [ref]The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, explained by Paramhansa Yogananda. Chapter 16, “The Supreme Science of Knowing God.”[/ref]

The freed soul has attained a state of final liberation. Also known as an “ascended master” or siddha (“perfected being”), it has detached itself from all karmic involvements and united with God. [ref]Religion in the New Age, by Swami Kriyananda. Chapter 5, “Bliss-Avatar?”[/ref] The param mukta nevertheless retains its individuality; while the karma of the soul’s incarnations have been released into the infinite, they remain in the memory of the omniscient being. [ref name=np]The New Path, by Swami Kriyananda. Part II, Chapter 32, “‘I Am Spirit.'”[/ref]

The param mukta no longer has need to reincarnate. The soul may, however, return to the world of maya as an avatar (“descended being”) to uplift the consciousness of others.  [ref]The Essence of Self-Realization, by Paramhansa Yogananda. Chapter 10, “Working Out Karma.”[/ref] Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswar, and Paramhansa Yogananda had attained to the level of supreme consciousness. [backref name=np]