Moksha, also known as ‘Mukti’, originates from a word in the Sanskrit language ‘Mukt’, which means freedom or release. The word is closely associated with the concepts of liberation and emancipation. It describes the release and forward movement from a certain state. In Hinduism, the term ‘Moksha’ represents one’s release from the cycle of life & death.
According to the beliefs of the religion, after a person dies, they do not necessarily passover to the afterlife. As is mentioned in the religious scriptures of Hinduism, there are four principles of life fulfilment in a person’s life-Artha, Kama, Dharma & Moksha, with Moksha being the most superior of them all. It is said to be the sole purpose of one’s existence and a true devotee forever seeks to attain Moksha.
Before discovering how to attain Moksha, we must first understand the concepts of Samsara and Karma. Samsara is what comes after life and death: Rebirth. In the Hindu culture it is believed that after death there is rebirth. Karma refers to the good and bad deeds one does in their lifetime which take a full circle. One deals with the consequences of their good and bad actions in their next birth and so as long as Karma exists, one flows through the continuous circles of Samsara. The question now remains, how must one escape Samsara and pass on into the divine phase of Moksha?
Liberation is to be free of the cycles of birth and death, and this is every devotee’s ultimate purpose. One needs to understand that the concept of Moksha is largely associated with self-acceptance and self-realisation. If one follows their Dharma and is able to reveal themselves off of their karmic actions, they attain Moksha. This liberation does not happen in one lifetime, but is believed to take more than a few rebirths. To reach such a state of self-actualisation one must fade out the background music of the world around them and in the silence, hear and connect with one’s inner self!
Many devotees flock to the Kumbh Mela every year in the hope attaining Moksha. This is one of the most awaited gatherings which is also one of the largest in the world.
Can’t wait to attain Moksha, can you?