Who gives Moksha?

By Sunil Kumar

The definition and meaning of Moksha depends on your belief system. From the original Sanskrit root to set free or liberate, moksha attained profound levels in practically every Indic religion where it meant that one was to be set free from the cycle of birth and death.

Only, the philosophical approach differed. Buddhism departs most radically in its negation of the soul, and the eventual moksha in nirvana(extinction of the flame), impermanence and non-existence. Jainism differs from Hindu beliefs in some ways, but not so much. The Sikhs believe in the akal purakh(formless god) and reject idol-worship that is however accepted in the all-encompassing world view of the Hindus. However, the core concepts and basic human values and tenets overlap in all of the religions mentioned.

Krishna advises one to do his duty(dharma(in Pali or Buddhism-dhamma) in a spirit of nishkama karma. Do not hanker for moksha, enjoy the journey.

You will eventually get to the destination. If you believe in advaita and not personal Godhead, your eventual moksha is in merging with the brahmajyoti(impersonal effulgence)- the brahman that pervades the universe. So, as you can see even the concept and interpretations of what is moksha and who gives it differ.

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