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Jiv Vichar – Gatha 2

Jiv Vichar   Gatha 2

जीवा मुत्ता संसारिणो य, तस थावरा य संसारी|
पुढवी जल जलण वाउ, वणस्सई थावरा नेया||

The classification of living beings commences with the two major state of souls:

A. MUKTA (Liberated souls)
B. SANSARI (Non-liberated souls/Transient souls)

A. MUKTA : Refers to all living beings that are free from all karmic bandages, in other words souls that have attained liberation and are free from the cycle of birth and death. Mukta jiva are discussed ahead.

B. SANSARI: Refers to all living beings that are not free from the karmic bond ages and are undergoing through the cycle of birth and death.

Jiv Vichar   Gatha 2
Sansari are further divided into two forms:

1. TRASA (MOBILE) : Living beings that can move or change their surroundings as per their own wish to experience bliss and overcome sorrows and miseries.

2. STHAVARA (IMMOBILE) : Living beings that can neither move nor change their surroundings as per their own wish to experience bliss and overcome sorrows and miseries, also called ekindriya jiva i.e. one sensed body- the sense of touch.

Sthavarjiva are classified as:
i) PRUTHVIKAYA
ii) APKAYA
iii) TEUKAYA
iv) VAUKAYA
v) VANASPATIKAYA

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