Last Updated: October 23, 2018

Definition - What does Moksha mean?

Moksha (also known as mukti) is the concept of ultimate freedom and liberation in Indian philosophy and religion. Derived from the Sanskrit word, mukt, which means "liberation," "release" and "emancipation," it is the release from the life-death cycle and from the limitations of a worldly existence. To reach the state of moksha is to attain absolute freedom, peace and oneness with the Divine.

Moksha is similar to the Buddhist concept of nirvana. The terms are often used interchangeably; however, Hindus believe nirvana is the state a person enters into after achieving moksha.

Yogapedia explains Moksha

The concept of moksha is closely tied to self-acceptance and the consciousness of oneness with all existence. Once a person reaches this state, he/she has found freedom, peace and bliss. The Eight Limbs of Yoga outlined by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras can be interpreted as the steps on the path to attaining moksha.

There are different methods, or paths, to moksha. In yoga, one may follow the path of Jnana, Bhakti, Karma and/or Raja yoga to achieve this absolute freedom. In addition, the relatively new Moksha yoga, also known as Modo yoga, may offer yet another path for one's spiritual practice. This is a form of hot yoga in which a cardiovascular-based sequence of poses in a heated room is designed to strengthen and stretch the body while quieting the mind. There is also a Jivanmukti yoga style created in 1984 by Shannon Gannon and David Life that combines Hatha yoga with principles of scripture, devotion, nonviolence, music and meditation.

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