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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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Does a soul retain it's identity after Moksha?

I know my question is counterintuitive since the entire idea of Moksha is merging with the Supreme.
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Any Sanskrit verses that explicitly states that Ganesha, Surya and Hanumana grants Moksha?

As per various texts, Shiva, Vishnu, Shakti have been told capable of granting Moksha. Surya and Ganesha are part of the panchayatana smarta deities, in addition to the above three. So along with them ...
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Why does God stress both on Sansar and Moksha

In Vishnu stuti It is said to pray Sridhara before meeting one's dear in the line and says one who repeats all of his names attains Vaikuntha that is moksha Sridhara priya Sangame which shows Being ...
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Are subtle and causal bodies inseparable?

There are three bodies for every living being including human: stula (physical), sushma (subtle) and causal (karana). It is evident that physical body can be separated from reamining two. Subtle and ...
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Do scriptures consider marriage to be hindrance to achieve moksha?

I have listened from many saints that marriage is bondage and it is only a laboratory(prayog shala) to achieve vairagya! Do scriptures also have same view regarding marriage?
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Name of karma yogis who attained self realization in past while living in world?

I want to know name of karma yogis Who attained self realization while doing karma yoga and living in world(sansaar) For Eg:- Raja janak was brahma gnani and a karma yogi who remained in world even ...
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Does moksha happen after death or in same life according to Nyaya darshan?

I'm studying Nyaya Darshan. According to Nyaya Sutra 1.2, suffering is caused by birth and birth is caused by mithyajnana (ignorance). दुःखजन्मप्रवृत्तिदोषमिथ्याज्ञानानाम् उत्तरोत्तरापाये तदनन्तरा पा...
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What's Mahā-mokṣa? Which scriptures refer to the Mahāmṛtyuñjaya mantra as the “Mahā-Mokṣa mantra (महा-मोक्ष मंत्र)”?

In some of the books and blogs, I came across the term "Mahā-Mokṣa (महामोक्ष) Mantra" being used for the Mahāmṛtyuñjaya Mantra. For instance: This book says - In Sanātan Hinduism, this ...
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Does any scripture say that chanting the name of a god exactly three times at the time of death yields Moksha?

In one of the comments in an answer on this site, I read this assertion that if the name of God is chanted three times exactly at the time of death, the jivātman will attain Moksha. Here Yes. It is ...
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Is the story of Gajendra-Mokṣa mentioned in other texts besides the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam Purāṇa?

We find the complete story of the Elephant named - Gajendra getting Mokṣa through god Viṣṇu's grace, (and hence the reason for calling it the 'Gajendra Mokṣa'), in Chapter 2, 3 & 4 of the Canto 8 ...
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Examples of beings bestowed with the Vaishnava Sarshti Moksha?

As per Srimad Bhagavatam there are 5 types of moksha 1.Salokya (living in same lok as god) eg:- Sant Tukaram of Maharashtra 2.Sameepya ( Always close to lord) eg:-Narad Muni 3.Saroopya (having ...
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Which all sects have the concept of Śaraṇāgati and/or Prapatti or any equivalent?

Śaraṇāgati (शरणागति) and Prapatti (प्रपत्ति) - nyāsa vidyā, are two/three such practises to attain Moksha with least possible effort, which I have encountered in reference to Śrī-Vaiṣṇavism or the ...
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Which people have got Moksha ? Could anyone enlist people mentioned in Puranas and Ithihas who got Moksha?

I don't find any mention of lot many people getting Moksha. Could anyone enlist people in Puranas and Ithihas who got Moksha ?
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For getting Moksha , Whom should we be devoted to - Krishna or Shiva? [duplicate]

Some people say that for getting Moksha , we should be devoted to Krishna . Others say that Shiva is the God of Moksha and we should be devoted to him for Moksha. Most hardcore ascetic sects like - ...
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Can an unmarried man get Moksha or even heaven?

Most Rishis were married . Only Rishi that I know who was unmarried was Maharishi Kapila ( founder of Sankhya Yog) Suka ( Veda Vyas's son) initially decided to remain unmarried but he too eventually ...
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What's the point in striving for moksha?

Whatever we see around us (manifestation and everything) is nothing but Brahman's play/leela. This is told in a few texts.  Brahmasutra 2.1.33 लोकवत्तु लीला कैवल्यम्। lokavattu līlā kaivalyam। ...
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Where does one live after getting moksha? [duplicate]

Where does one live after getting moksha . Some say - Baikunth , some say Go-loka . What is the truth ?
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Can a woman get moksha?

Can a woman get moksha ? Or is getting moksha reserved only for men ? Or Does husband-wife get moksha simultaneously ?
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What is the Bhairavi Yatana given by Mahadeva in Kashi?

It is well known that Mahadeva gives moksha to people in Varanasi by uttering the taraka mantra in the ears of those dying, as said in the Kashi Khanda: Who is competent enough to describe the ...
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Is purpose of doing Yognidra and Meditation same?

Generally poeple relate meditation with Moksha as purpose. What should be purpose behind doing Yognidra? Is Yognidra just for relaxing body?
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Why would Moksha be permanent?

If individuals came from Brahman which is unchanging and perfect... then if we attain Moksha (merge into Brahman), what's to stop Brahman from creating us again? If we were created once, and Brahman ...
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Did Prahlāda attain moksha? Do any scriptures say that he got moksha in the end? Is he dead or alive?

In the Puranas, Prahlāda is shown as a devotee of Vishnu from a young age itself and Vishnu, in his Narasimha form rescues Prahlāda from his father Hiranyakashipu. My question is, Did Prahlāda attain ...
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What is the recommended set, duration and sequence of pranayama that one beginner should do for advancing spiritually?

I guess Moksha is the highest level of advancing spiritually. I guess one of the ways to reach Moksha is by practising regular Meditation. For meditation one must prepare his/her body by practising ...
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Why should we help people?

If the goal for everyone is to go beyond worldly happiness and sadness, and sadness can help nudge people towards vairagya why should we help people materially?
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Does Patibhakti lead to Moksha?

Pati is a jivatma, not paramatma. What systems of thought say that having bhakti for jivatmas is a valid way to Moksha? Could Swamibhakti, patibhakti, or bhakti for characters like Bharat, etc lead to ...
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References to the 5 kinds of moksha in the Vedas and commentaries explaining the verses as such

From this, the Subala Upanishad quoted here and the Virodhaparihara, mentioned here, ALL three, the technical meaning of Kaivalya I understand is one of the 4 purusharthas which involves meditating on ...
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Why Krishna is specifying woman, Vaishyas and Sudras in Sloka 9.32 of Bhagavad Gita regarding attening Supream Goal? [duplicate]

Bhagavat Gita 9.32 Translation māḿ hi pārtha vyapāśrityaye ’pi syuḥ pāpa-yonayaḥstriyo vaiśyās tathā śūdrāste ’pi yānti parāḿ gatim Arjuna, women, Vaisyas (members of the tradingand agriculturist ...
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Why did Ramakrishna go against the Vedas?

The notion that all paths lead to the same destination is quite a new development in Hinduism. Ancient Acharyas belonging to different sects never claimed so. On the contrary, they debated a lot to ...
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Is it possible that a person is unaware of her own realisation?

Moksha is the highest state, according to the sanathan dharma, to be realised by any human. Every one is already present in moksha state. It is only the thing that she need to realise that she is in ...
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Which path of liberation does the name "bhavana gamya" belongs to?

There are four names in Lalitha Sahastranaamas that ends with the word gamya. They are 113 : Bhavana gamya --- She who can be attained by thinking 119 : Bhakthi gamya --- She who can be reached by ...
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Method/ philosophy to attain moksha, concept of Brahman in the Shaiva Agamas, and link to Vedas

Please read the main 3 questions, additional are secondary questions. The Shaiva Agamas, 28 in number, having 204 supporting Upagamas, are said to be revealed by the five faces of Rudra Bhagavan ...
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Moksha as continuous Samadhi?

Is there anything in any scripture that you know of that would say or imply moksha can be described as permanent samadhi on brahman or on parabrahman - as continuous abiding in/as Brahman? Or any ...
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What should a celibate do ,to attain moksha ,only by maintaining unbroken celibacy?

This video attributes a quite to Swami Shivananda,saying that practice of unbroken celibacy for 12 years,will be sufficient for the practioner such that he will undergo Self Realization,when he hears ...
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Purusharthas for a yogi

It is well known that Dharma ,Artha, Kama and Moksha are the four Purursharthas . Is a yogi who is Self Realized/striving towards it,able /interested /obligated to, fulfill all 4? If so,how?If not,...
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When one achieves Moksha, will loved ones ever be reunited?

The thought of never seeing my husband again really is devastating to me. I am new to all of this and learning for the first time.
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Do people who attain Moksha have to be born again in next cycle of Universe?

Is someone attain Moksha , will he be required to be born again when universe is created again ? I think yes , otherwise all of us would have been in Moksha already as there had been infinite cycles ...
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The agony in the path to liberation

We know that there can be several stages before achieving liberation. At some stage (say pre-liberation), nearer to the liberation, sadhaka may attain knowledge of her previous lives and concludes ...
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Is there any difference between a normal person and a jivan muktha except perception?

In some texts like Yoga Vasista, I read that, normal persons have physical perception aka stula drishti and jivan mukthas has unified/ultimate perception aka tatva drishti. I am interpreting it as the ...
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What did God the Supreme Being create actually: Body or Mind?

In Bhagavad Gita, we encounter these words by Lord Krishna: 'I am the Creator and Sustainer of all living beings'.(Bhagavad Gita 9.5) All 'living beings' are endowed with consciousness that all ...
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Is listening to music bad for moksha?

Many people listen to music,this is a fact,Carnatic Music being one among them. A spiritual aspirant is advised to shun all sense pleasing actions. Since listening to music that he/she likes,...
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Ability to grant moksha [duplicate]

There is always the question of “Who I Supreme-Lord Shiva,Lord Vishnu,or Devi (Parvati)?” My question is:Are each of these 3 deities equally capable to give their devotees moksha?Or does this depend ...
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What is the Vedic definition of Moksha?

I've heard sannyasa, the 4th Vedic ashrama, is meant for the attainment of moksha. Thus, the sannyasin is expected to go to a solitary mountain cave or a dense-forest retreat where he must get lost in ...
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Elucidate on tantra Sadhna?

I have heard of different (tantric?) sadhnas like Vetal Sadhna,Pisach Sadhna,Bhuvaneshwari Sadhna,Hamjaad Sadhna etc..where the beings invoked through the said Sadhna will perform certain tasks/...
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Fastest and easiest way in KALIYUGA to attain LIBERATION

What are the fastest and easiest ways in KALIYUGA to get rid of LUST, ANGER, GREED,FALSE PRIDE and ENVY of ONE's SELF?
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Isn't life according to Sanatana Dharma, the fruit of Sin and thus an endless sea of sorrow & suffering?

By the doctrine of KARMA that happens to be inseparable from the Vedic Sanatana dharma, good deeds lead to good life in the next life (after rebirth) while bad deeds lead to bad life in the next birth....
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No rebirth with Ramana's touch

Ramana maharashi is a Jivan muktha of recent times. In this video, he is touching kids, animals etc., Did Ramana maharshi ever say that there will be no rebirth to all living beings touched by him? If ...
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Prahlada ruled kingdom being a jivan muktha

Yoga Vasistha contains the story of Prahlada in detail. It is present in Upasama khanda. The important point needed for this question is that Prahlada rules his kingdom till the end of the kalpa being ...
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Longest samadhi state of Ramana maharshi

Ramana maharshi is a well known and widely known Jivan muktha, who lived in Arunachalam. In general, Jivan mukthas can spend time long time in samadhi state. Is there any such incident in the life of ...
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What is the Vedic definition of Sannyasa?

As I've heard,according to the Vedas, sannysa, the fourth Vedic ashrama, is to follow vanaprastha, the 3rd Vedic ashrama, and meant to attain moksha. Thus, the right definition of snnyasa seems to be ...
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Is Brahm Gyan and Moksha same?

Brahm gyan, atma gyan and moksha are same? When do we get brahm gyan? Or does moksha means permanent staying in nirvikalpa avastha?
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