It is commonly seen that in many Vedanta texts and discourses we hear of moksha. I have also asked a related question here.

I want to know how does the Vedas describe moksha?

Are there any specific statements in the Vedas which talk about the word moksha and its nature?

(P.S: Kindly limit the references from actual vedas or mukhya upanishads in a direct manner. Please avoid opinion and commentaries of sanyasins/sadhus etc.)

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The concept of Moksha in the famous Mahamrityunjaya mantra

Trayambakam YajAmahe sugandhim Pushtivardhanam | UrvArukam Iva BandhanAn Mrityor MukshIya mA AmritAt ||


We adore the Father of the three worlds, Trayambaka, bestower of all sided fragrance of grace, increaser of fullness and strength; May i be detached from the bondage of death like a ripe cucumber from the stem, but not from immortality.

Rig Veda 7.59.12.

The Seer here seeks Moksha for himself and for others from Lord Shiva.

Concept of Moksha in the Purusha Suktam:

VedAhametam purusham mahAntam (1) Adityavarnam tamasah parastAt (2)

Tam evam vidvAn amrita iha bhavati (3) NAnyah panthAvidyate ayanAya (4)


I have known the mighty Purusha (1) Who is refulgent as the Sun beyond darkness. (2) Knowing Him thus in this life itself, one transcends death (3). There is no other path leading to the attainment of liberation. (4).

Taitiriya Samhita 3.12.17.

These mantras talk about the only method of liberation and which is knowing the Purusha or knowing the self. And they also say that there are no other ways.

  • So moksha is equal to immortality ? Jul 5, 2017 at 13:32
  • Yes nothing much in Vedas other than these.
    – Rickross
    Jul 5, 2017 at 13:33
  • Is it also about staying in heavens or any other loka till eternity? Jul 5, 2017 at 13:35
  • I don't know about that. @RakeshJoshi
    – Rickross
    Jul 5, 2017 at 13:36

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