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Questions tagged [moksha]

Moksha (Sanskrit: मोक्ष) means emancipation, liberation or release. In soteriological and eschatological sense, it connotes freedom from saṃsāra, the cycle of death and rebirth.

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Is there any contemporary (living) Jivanmukta in India? [on hold]

The definition of Jivanmukta according to Vivekananda can be found in the following passage: I was once travelling in the desert in India. I travelled for over a month and always found the most ...
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Is there a Hindu equivalent of the Buddhist Dukkha?

I really like the Buddhist teaching on suffering-unsatisfactoriness (Dukkha), a characteristic of existence and how to get rid of it. I was wondering if there was a Hindu equivalent? A similar ...
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Does the liberated person has the same knowledge as brahman?

If a person's soul get liberate(Jivan Mukta) then does his knowledge is equal to the knowledge of brahman?
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From which scripture is the concept of Shuddha Sattva from?

According to Sri Vaishnavism, liberated souls who reach Vaikunta, the eternal inhabitants of Vaikunta, and Para Vasudeva, all have bodies made of Shuddha Sattva matter, which is achit that doesn't ...
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Does the person become Krishna once he attains moksha?

According to Advaita, does the person become Krishna once he attains moksha?
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Do people get birth even they are (almost) eligible for Moksha

Is it possible for taking birth even the Jeeva is eligible for Moksha? I'm asking this question for normal human beings, not for the avatar as Krishna, Rama etc., If possible, then show an example ...
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Is liberation possible only through a human birth?

In the Gita we see that even after the attainment of any loka one has to come back (as a human being) - Aabrahma bhuvanallokaah (8.16) and Ksheene punye martya lokam vishanti (9.21). It seems ...
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Does number of souls increase? [duplicate]

When an jiva attains moksha, it leaves the earth and doesn't take any further birth. So, by this process of attaining moksha, the number of souls on earth decrease. But, in these days the population ...
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Do Vaishnavism and Shaivism differ on whether all souls ultimately achieve liberation (moksha)?

There is a very short, one paragraph-long Wikipedia article on nitya-samsarins, or eternally transmigrating souls, as classified by Sri Madhvacharya. Sri Madhva also classifies souls into mukti-yogyas ...
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Is Kaivalya only way for Soul to go back to it's original nature of infinity?

We have four types of Moksha - Salokya, Sarupya Samipya and finally Kaivalya. Even in Yoga tattva upanishad - Lord Vishnu talks about Kaivalya Moksha is the way to be free from influence of Maya. So ...
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What is the proof that I will not suffer after attaining Moksha / liberation? [duplicate]

After attaining Moksha there is no suffering. But how long I can be in a state of Moksha? What is the proof that I will not suffer ever after attaining liberation?
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How a devotee of God leaves his body for Moksha?

Our body is city of 9 gates. My question is how a devotee leaves a body and is different from a Yogi who quits his body for Moksha. Generally in Tantric Yoga it is said one whose soul exits through ...
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What is Kaivalya Moksha?

Here in Muktika Upanishads, Rama describes Kaivalya Moksha is ultimate. What is it? Is it merging into existence of Brahman? I-i-15-17. Hanuman: Rama, sages speak differently: some say there is ...
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What is the difference between Nirvikalpa Samadi and Moksha?

When the jivatman unites with Paratman, Ananda of spirit is experienced is this Moksha or Nirvikalpa Samadi what is the difference ?
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In Hinduism Moksha is the name for eternal freedom. Is there a name for its opposite eternal bondage? [duplicate]

Moksha is eternal freedom, Is there such a place that is its opposite a place of eternal bondage? Man is the only vehicle to Moksha, is he also the only vehicle to eternal bondage if there is such a ...
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What is the difference between Mukti and Moksha

As already requested in my earlier question if the Jivatma didn't stay more than 5 days either in moksha and naraka. However what's the difference between mukti and moksha. Do you someone have any ...
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What is the way to Liberation: direct communication with lord Krishna or the reading scriptures? [closed]

Which is it better the reading of the multitude of scriptures from different schools of Hindu thought whose aim is to show you the way to self realization, Moksha, Brahman, or direct communication ...
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In Vaishnavism, are other Gods enlightened?

According to Vaishnavism, and more specifically in Advaita Vedanta, are Gods other than Vishnu enlightened beings that have attained moksha or are they unenlightened and, if so, does that mean that at ...
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What is the criteria for Moksha? [duplicate]

Suppose I am a very good person. I have not killed anyone. I have not lied. I serve people with compassion. Being so good , am I fit for Moksha ? What is the criteria for Moksha? (Please answer ...
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How does the quality of “Tamas” viz. “ignorance”, affect Moksha/Liberation?

There are 3 qualities for any being or existence, named as : Sattva (illumination), Rajas (passion), Tamas (ignorance). Gita discusses them in great detail. According to it, the quality of Rajas is ...
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What is the difference between Thirunadu and Paramapadam in Sri Vaishnavism?

The famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya was once asked by his shishya Vangipuram Nambi what the obstacles to Moksha are. In response, he gave a list of 83 obstacles to Moksha, known as the ...
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How worship will help to merge with brahman?

How can worship help to get self-realization? If I chant 'Om Namah Shivaya' continuously, then will that give me moksha? If Chanting is also part of worship, what is the connection between chanting ...
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Is Moksha compulsorily given to every died people by their family? [duplicate]

What is death and rebirth cycle according to Veda ? After giving Moksha, can that soul take rebirth ?
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How concept of Moksha and Amar (Immortality) can exists together? [duplicate]

Moksha - Once you are dead you'll get rid of Life Cycle (Jeevan Chakra), you become an absolute and pure energy traveling across the Universe. No need to reincarnate again, take birth as Fly or Human ...
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Will my present identity as Dheeraj survive after Moksha?

Everyone takes birth and dies and then takes rebirth or attains moksha. My question is: Will I as Dheeraj survive after attaining moksha? Will I be able to remember myself as Dheeraj in the past? ...
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Is this life cycle never ending one?

Just wanted to understand if this life cycle of birth and death is a never ending one? We know that a person/soul/jeevatama can get out of this cycle under certain conditions/circumstances by ...
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What are the differences in teachings between Yoga Vasista, Ashtavakra Gita, and Vivekachudamani?

Yoga Vasistha (योग-वासिष्ठ), Ashtavakra Gita (अष्टावक्रगीता), and Vivekachudamani (विवेकचूडामणि) are teachings about Enlightenment and (Moh)Maya. What are the Philosophical differences between these ...
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What are the legends of Narasih Mehta?

In Gujarat there was a saint named Narasih Mehta, it is heard that he is a renowned saint and famous as well as the kind person. I would like to know his full story. What I heard about him was Lord ...
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Is taking Ganga's name at the time of death another way to attain liberation from rebirth?

From "India and Its Faiths: A Traveler's Record": Page 36: He who calls, O Ganga! Ganga! While life is flickering in the throat, goes when dead to the City of Vishnu and is not born again on earth....
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Relation of Rahu in 12th house and Liberation/Moksha

Below is half learned knowledge from internet. If you start Googling "Rahu 12th house ..." then one auto-complete will suggest "Moksha"! Rahu is considered the master of material desires. When ...
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Does the state of Moksha differ for different sects?

In another question, I asked if Ajamila attained Moksha and the reply was "He attained the abode of Vishnu". Is that only a Vaishnavite definition of Moksha? What other definitions exist in ...
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Did Ajamila go to swarga or attain moksha?

He called his son "Narayana" on his deathbed and that amounted to calling the god Narayana and that absolved him of all sins according to the story. Did he go to Swarga or attain Moksha?
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What is the difference between Swarga and Moksha? [duplicate]

What is the difference between Swarga and Moksha? Are they inter-related or the same thing? If not, when one reaches swarga, how does one attain Moksha because there is no scope to practice Dharma ...
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How can everybody attain Moksha if the new descendents are always born & certain Karma-s are always lingering?

Moksha implies freedom from the cycle of rebirth. In theory thus anybody can attain it, including lower species who may ascend to higher consciousness. What about the latest descendents, who will ...
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What does it feel like to be god-realized?

One of the main goals of Hinduism is to attain god-realization. How does one know he/she is in that state? What changes? Are there any Hindu texts that provide details on what that god-realized ...
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Do hindu sects have doctrines as to whether or not other sects can provide liberation?

I remember reading that Madhwas don't believe Sri-vaishnavites would achieve moksha. I also remember reading right on this board Sri-vaishnavite theories as to how people worship other deities for ...
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What will happen to a youth who wants to enjoy life as well as continuing spiritual efforts?

Maya is very treacherous. No one knows it better than a youth perhaps, who feels a strong attraction towards young life (fun, party, entertainment, sex, food, clothes, ...); Basically all materialism, ...
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Why Arjuna did not attain moksha/mukti despite the upadesha of GeetA?

GeetA is considered to be the "moksha shAstra" mainly by the vedantins and they have also conferred it the title or Gitopanishad. It also forms the core of Vedanta as it is the part of the prasthana ...
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Can Lord Brahma give moksha? Can jivas enter Satyaloka after death?

It is said that Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva can give moksha to Their devotees in Their respective abodes i.e. Vaikuntha and Kailasha respectively. Now my question is whether or not, Lord Brahma give ...
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Moksha in the Vedas (excluding the Upanishads)

Note that this is not a dup of this question, since the answers I expect are not from the Upanishads. I have two questions based on my (poor) understanding of a few posts in this site. They are ...
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Why “Rama” Nama is called Taraka mantra?

At Manikarnika Ghat of Varanasi (Kashi), Lord Shiva liberates the dead by saying "Taraka mantra" in ears of the dead. Many Puranas assert this fact. Chapter 30, Purvavadha , Kasi Khanda of Skanda ...
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According to Advaita philosophy,what are the conditions for attaining Moksha?

Suppose I wish to attain Moksha then,according to Advaita Philosophy, what conditions I must fulfill in order to achieve Moksha?
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What is the means of attaining Moksha according to the different Astika schools?

There are two kinds of schools of Indian philosophy, Astika and Nastika. Astikas accept the authority of the Vedas, whereas Nastikas reject the authority of the Vedas. The Astika schools are part ...
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Why do Devas stop people from attaining Brahma Vidya?

Why is it that gods do this? Adi Shankaracharya says there are 3 people stopping one from self-realization: The individual himself Other people Devas Swami Sarvananda in his commentary on the ...
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According to Sri Vaishnavism, what happens to someone who worships someone other than Lord Vishnu as Brahman?

Bhagavad Gita says one who worships someone other than Lord Krishna is actually indirectly worshipping Him because He resides as the Indweller (Antaryami). In the Kaushitaki Upanishad also, there is ...
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How do Vaishnavas interpret the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra?

Vaishnavas believe that only Lord Vishnu can grant Moksha. If that is the case, then how do they explain this mantra from the Rig Veda which clearly says that Lord Shiva can grant Moksha? Om ...
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Is Advaita moksha different from attaining Vaikuntha?

Is Advaita moksha different from attaining Vaikuntha? If yes, why and is this why Advaita is often frowned upon by most Vaishnavas?
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Does GOD know future because of kalpa cycle?

Sage vyasa said there is nothing like fate, otherwise there is no any meaning of karma, and Lord Krishna said, I know all past and future, so he know that because of kalpa cycle(Which means same thing ...
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What scriptures describe the Videha and Prakritilaya states of the Yoga school?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school. But there are five other Astika or orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy: Purva Mimamsa, Samkhya,...
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What is more important Self Realization or Responsibilities towards family?

According to Vedas what is more important Self Realization or Responsibilities towards family? Reason I am asking this is because we have read that Gautam Buddha left everything like his kingdom, his ...