Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Mukta Mean?

Mukta, translated from Sanskrit, means “freed,” “liberated,” “released” and “to set free.” It is derived from the root word "much." According to B.K.S. Iyengar, mukta means liberated from the binding suffering of sentient life. Since the term is translated in past tense, some Sanskirt scholars believe that it describes a freedom that which has already happened, and we have to train the mind to release and find this freedom from within.


Yogapedia Explains Mukta

In the yoga philosophy, the mind becomes trapped in this reality with life’s everyday struggles, but it was not always like this. The mind and spirit were once free, but in the sentient life, they became preoccupied with expectations, rules and limitations that weigh them down and cause suffering.

Mukta means to be liberated or freed from these sufferings, the wheel of karma and to be closer to enlightenment. This term is also related to moksha, a state of consciousness that makes beings able to liberate themselves from the sufferings of the body and mind. Mindfulness and meditation can help those wishing to seek mukta and achieve this liberation of the mind.

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