No, it is not the same thing. Each is a different destination!

Once a person attains Nirvana i.e. the last death after which there is no rebirth, the Soul goes to Moksha and resides forever in the Siddha Kshetra. Only the Absolute liberated Souls are able to reach this place! They are not embodied and hence have no senses (the five senses). They are called Parmatma. They are in the form of Absolute Vision, Absolute Knowledge and Absolute Energy, which are the properties of the Absolute Soul.

On the other hand, those going to heaven live amidst endless sensual pleasures. Their regular meals are even more lavish than those at our weddings. Everything is fancy and elaborate there. Most of the celestial beings get fed up of eating such meals every day and would want some simple food.

The living beings residing in heaven generally do not prefer to come down to Earth, for it is too dirty and smelly as compared to heaven, where the best of perfumes are naturally in use. However the spiritually elevated celestial beings love to come and attend programmes conducted on this Earth, where the Gnanis and Tirthankaras are present.

Gnanis are the Spiritual Masters, who are Self-Enlightened and who impart the right knowledge to achieve liberation to others; and Tirthankaras are the Absolute Lords, are fully Enlightened beings, who can liberate others so that they can go to moksha.

So the celestial Gods and Goddesses come to Earth to specially listen to the spiritual discourses of Gnanis and Tirthankaras. They are unable to attain Moksha from Tirthankara, while they are residents of heaven. It is because one can go to Moksha only when one takes birth as a human being, and that too on a living planet where Tirthankara resides. Without the presence of Tirthankara, no one can attain moksha. This is a Natural law!

Currently, on our Earth, there are no Tirthankaras, and it will take long many years before a Tirthankara can exist here. But fortunately, we have Gnani on our Earth! Pujya Deepakbhai is a Gnani Purush, living in Gujarat, India, whom you can meet and ask any question regarding your spiritual interest, and with his grace can also attain Self-Realization.

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan (1908-1988) was a Gnani Purush who attained Self-Enlightenment and spread the knowledge of our true Self (Pure Soul) to the world. He imparted Self-Realization to many people across the world, and Pujya Deepakbhai continues his work even today. Pujya Deepakbhai is a committed devotee of Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, with whose blessings he became a Gnani and is able to spread knowledge of the Pure Soul to the world.
Gnanis have zero ego, anger, pride, deceit, greed, sex, attachment and abhorrence. Pure Soul has absolute knowledge, absolute vision, and absolute energy. Gnanis live in the awareness of such Pure Soul, 24 hours a day! Whoever meets Gnani forgets all their sorrows and they experience inner bliss.

The moment I met Pujya Deepakbhai, I felt like his body and Pure Soul are absolutely separate and his vision is full of compassion. I attained Self-Realization from him at the Self-Realization ceremony, known as Gnan Vidhi. This is a scientific process, in which Gnani fractures our ego and thereby we realize who we really are. Before Self-Realization, I felt like this body is mine, and I am the one doing everything! But he made me realize that this body gets cremated, so how can that be YOU? You are a Pure Soul which is eternal and hence never dies!

Pure Soul is the real God who is immortal. Once we realize this fact, we get onto the path of Moksha. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says, the Self-realized Souls achieve Moksha within a maximum of 15 births and the earliest we can make it there is in our very next birth.
Therefore, come let’s look forward to getting our work done of attaining Moksha at the earliest.

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Author's Bio: 

Ambalal M. Patel was a civil contractor by profession. In June 1958, spontaneous Self-Realization occurred within Ambalal M. Patel. From this point on, Ambalal became a Gnani Purush, and the Lord that manifest within him became known as Dada Bhagwan. A Gnani Purush is One who has realized the Self and is able help others do the same. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan used to go from town to town and country-to-country to give satsang (spiritual discourse) and impart the knowledge of the Self, as well as knowledge of harmonious worldly interactions to everyone who came to meet him. This spiritual science, known as Akram Vignan, is the step-less path to Self-realization.