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Raja marga[edit]

I added Raja marga since it is a central understanding of Hindu thought about moksha and removed shunyata since Hindus and Jains don't believe in nothingness while Buddhists avoid using the term moksha.


Should it be noted that the translation for विमुक्ति is vimukti (or vi-mukti if you prefer)? I realize the वि- prefix makes it the more proper term here, just note it in the transliteration. Khiradtalk 22:49, 1 January 2006 (UTC)

Moksha central theme in Buddhism[edit]

Moksha is the central theme in Buddhism. In fact, hindus were unaware of moksha before Buddha. Look at [1]. --Anirudh777 10:38, 7 July 2006 (UTC)

Hm.. I have never heard of this before. But can you point to the exact reference please. The site is a large collection of ebooks, so if you can pull out the ebook that says Moksha is a central theme to buddhist, that would be helpful. Thanks Monkey Brain 15:11, 14 July 2006 (UTC)

I also have never heard that, but would not be too suprised. BTW, can anyone please indicate more distinctions between moksha and nirvana. Le Anh-Huy (talk) 17:52, 28 May 2008 (UTC)

This is unfortunately a buddhist identity political talking point. There are several users on wikipedia defacing buddhism/hinduism articles in this fashion, they seem to see it as a righteous act of resistance against "hindu right wingers" (who in turn try to claim that everything originated with hinduism). The result is not only an edit war, but also the loss of all perspective and balance on questions of origin or influence. It is absurd south asian identity politics playing out on wikipedia pages. Dont know that there is any way permanent way to stop it given wikipedia's very liberal editing policies, and as a result corrupted information inevitably will appear on wikipedia pages as the edit war goes back and forth forever. Its sad. As a cross reference see the discussion about origins of moksha with user Mitsube below. I should add that part of the edit war agenda from both sides seems to be a concerted effort to retroactively "essentialize" both "hinduism" and "buddhism", when the overwhelming evidence is that of a shared conceptual world particularly in the early writings 2000 or more years ago. Any modern scholar will tell you about the problems of retrospectively "imagined communities" and their political uses in the present, but this edit war seems immune to such balance or perspective. Hulahoo (talk) 10:07, 16 November 2008 (UTC)

Hindusiam\Budaisam\janishim\sikhisem is not a religion in present context it is taken like a religion.This all are related and are just a formation of the basic idea of creation of world and life according to the time and current political sitution.There is no word for Religion in sanskrit or eny other indian laungage.The word is Dharam which mean duty not religion.Ved was the oldest text books which where used for teaching.All the knowledge came out from there because it was the basic study at that time.Mokshy is very old debated subject in india and all the book deal in one or other way to this same question.Budh give a very diffrent ans to this question.It does not mean the the thought come after him, and if so, does it make eny diffrance.The people who are indulged in edit war are the people who are motivated with the idea of Religion not Dharam.--59.162.59.66 (talk) 09:30, 19 June 2011 (UTC)

Mention of Aldous Huxley[edit]

There is a misleading mention (probably an edit) of Aldous Huxley's novel 'Island' in the Buddhism subsection. This should probably be removed to the end in a 'References in Popular Culture' subsection as seen on many Wiki pages. Further, both Huxley and the Novel have pages of their own to link to. I am usually not one to edit any pages I casually read, leaving that to those that are more informed than myself.

Some basic understanding[edit]

This article should include some basic spritual information as well before going into the details to assist the reader...eg understanding of what happens when an individual while still possesing a body on earth reaches the point when the last sin their soul bears becomes perfectly balanced by act of good deed...

Now 'soul' means what survives when the 'body' ceases to exist as a living form[and those who believe when they die its just everlasting blackness this topic is of no further interest to you...but i would be very careful what i believe about my soul...]

'Sin' means what the soul/souls that by act of 'unbalanced-self-interest' causes 'disruption, destruction and trauma' on other soul/souls(which by the way is the definition of 'evil'), earns...so, taking an example, a soul cannot commit sin by damaging something that does not have a soul eg rock...unless the amount of rock damaged causes above said to souls...but a soul acting on another soul does earn sin...so 'sin' is a currency that only goes with the 'soul'...

And this topic of moksha or samathi or nirvana...is eastern religion in essense saying if you keep doing good deeds to counter balance the evil in ones soul then it is possible to bring your soul back to balance...albeit a mature old soul. As compared to western religion that says you evil will be balanced in 'hell' through suffering to bring the same balance...again with 'escape clause' of if you beleive in jesus then its all forgiven...again be careful what one believes when it comes to your soul...

And for the budding theologians out there...the most interesting question is this 'what happens at the moment when the last good deed balances the the last evil act in ones soul'...in eastern religion, the belief is that the body can no longer exist with the soul, so the body energies back to its basic elements releasing the soul...as with budda and other swami's...in western religion, when all the evil is balanced by suffering, then the soul can no longer exist in hell and will go back to become one with the body of god, and which in same balance, to complete the cycle which started when a small part of god energy separated to become your soul...,

And the most important of all is the understanding that god does not have a physical form, ie exists as energy...so to understand topics relating to god ie spirituality one must have their spiritual eye ie the 'eye of energies' open first and use it in their daily situations of life eg how does one explain the colour yellow to a blind from birth person...

Sam —Preceding unsigned comment added by 122.104.86.137 (talk) 00:39, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

Referencing and Bibliography[edit]

Clear referencing and bibliography should be inputted as without, this article has no academic quality.

Moksha[edit]

"The impersonalist schools of Hinduism also worship various deities, but with the idea that such worship is ultimately abandoned - both the worshiped and worshiper lose their individual identities." That depends which school of Advaita, you're obviously ISKCON all impersonalists are the same to you but there are several different schools of Advaita i.e. what can be known as 'Reform Advaita' of Sri Ramakrishna even Sri Aurobindo and other modern gurus... Vishishtadvaita or Ramanuja's school...Ishvaravada Advaita(monistic theism, panentheism Shaiva Advaita which is also known as Ishv. Advaita...some lose their identities some don't! Ishvaravada contends that the Supreme(insert whatever name) really exists and is also the absolute and creative forces... The key is total or near-total identification with Brahman the Absolute. Also pure Advaita Vedanta Sri Adi Shankara's school of complete identification with Brahman though that can depend...It's important to note that one must separate definition of the ego from the idea of individuality...ego is known as 'ahamkara'(I-maker) so one can still exist but completely identify with Brahman..DomDomsta333 (talk) 01:56, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

Indian identity politics and the Moksha concept[edit]

There is some indication that Indian identity politics (which tends to be all-pervasive on Indian religion articles) has shown up in this Moksha article as well. For instance, in the section on the "origins" of Moksha, the claim is that Moksha and related concepts originated with non-aryans and were incorporated into hindusim by brahmins priests. This may or may not be true, and every single source (of the 7 footnotes given) acknowledges the speculative nature of this theory. Yet, the narrative here had presented it as a done deal. I fixed the narrative to include an indication of the speculative nature of this theory with the appropriate phrases ("may have," "the theory is", etc). - jak. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jak68 (talkcontribs) 08:00, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

1, 5, and 7 make firm declarations. Altering sourced material within a reference like you did is not allowed. Mitsube (talk) 08:05, 15 November 2008 (UTC)


I did not alter any reference and have no idea what you're insinuating there. I merely added three phrases to indicate what your own references are indicating: that the origins of Moksha is speculative, and not definitive. 3 out of 7 does not count as a scholarly consensus (even those being obviously cherry-picked). There has to be a scholarly consensus for a definitive claim on this. By your own argument, half of your own references acknowledge the speculative nature of your claim about Moksha's origins, which you are presenting as definitive. All I did was include the appropriate phrases to ensure we are not misleading wikipedia readers that there is some kind of definitive consensus about Moksha's origins. I dont know why you would want to mislead readers that way except that -- as indicated on your user page -- you seem to be engaged in some kind Buddhist identity politics and this problem has come up with you before. Hulahoo (talk) 08:29, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

For the third time you have added a "may" to Masih's quote. I have no idea what you are talking about regarding Buddhist identity politics. And there have never been any claims of scholarly consensus. Mitsube (talk) 08:36, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

Mitsube, we may be able to agree on the language to use here. But I must say that your insertion of "This either certainly or highly probably happened" and "which is probably correct" are very clear NPOV violations. Maybe we can try some other language but I dont want to violate NPOV.Hulahoo (talk) 08:43, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

I will note here that you are altering a directly attributed sentence in quotation marks. Regarding your NPOV idea, you are incorrect. I am repeating what the scholars say, as you will see. If you find a dissenting scholar then we can give that view appropriate weight. Mitsube (talk) 16:58, 15 November 2008 (UTC)


mitsube, you have not simply repeated "what the scholars say" as you claim. 4 of your own references deny the certainty that you are claiming. You cannot pass off as fact something that is -- by your own references -- in scholarly dispute. Reporting you to admins at this point. Hulahoo (talk) 09:51, 16 November 2008 (UTC)

Not a single source gives any hint of scholarly dispute. That is your wish, not reality. Mitsube (talk) 19:45, 16 November 2008 (UTC)


"The Origins" section needs to be written in an "Encyclopedic" manner. Terms such as "highly probable", "likely", "greatly influenced" etc. should be minimized or eliminated altogether. The user mitsube has used superlative adverbs in several cases. In an "Encyclopedic" setting, such language is discouraged. An element can either be a fact, or a proabability... not both. So please distinguish between the two and recompose. I tried doing so by moderating the article, but my changes were reversed. I am going to change this piece one last time to make sure my usertalk is noticed. Also, if one is qouting sources, it is advisable to just go ahead and quote sources... why try to reword them? -- Dandekar (talk) 20:31, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

I also do not understand why Mitsube, keeps mentioning karma, reincarnation, samsara in the first line of the article on Moksha. If Mitsube so desires, he/she can discuss these in greater detail in subtopics, rather than bombarding the reader with links, even before the user has grasped the main topic of interest. Try putting this links in related content. IMO, this is a very poorly written article, with no clear references, but as I do not have an expertise in the topic myself, I am just paying attention to the linguistic details. -- Dandekar (talk) 20:43, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

The reason for including all of them is that the entire worldview was borrowed. Saying "moksha" by itself doesn't really make sense. In the Rigveda the situation is the opposite, with one life followed by heaven. Mitsube (talk) 22:43, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

"The entire world view was borrowed" !!!!... Those are strong words, comrade. No one knows what really happened. Not even scholars... You can give estimates, and that is it. It amuses me when people try to push agendas in such areas as 'Moksha'. I think the admins can shed more light on this. I am but a simpleton. For now, I am keeping your article, the way you want it to be and reporting this article to the admins. ---- Dandekar (talk) 15:41, 17 May 2009 (UTC)

Perhaps you should read WP:V first? Have you read it before? Mitsube (talk) 18:24, 17 May 2009 (UTC)
I see no violation of WP:V anywhere. Dandekars edits were merely wording related. He left all sources the way they were, and changed a summarised version to a quote. IMO direct quotes are much more reliable than summaries, but as a compromise, could we have the quote with a summary after?Drew Smith What I've done 21:27, 22 May 2009 (UTC)

Similar to Salvation?[edit]

First parapgraph states: "Its meaning is similar to that of Salvation in Christianity..."

This seems wildly inaccurate. The Christian concept of salvation depends on the concepts of sin, original sin, blood atonement, the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus, grace, and other concepts that do not fit with the Dharmic worldview. In addition, most Judeo-Christian beliefs regarding the afterlife are very different from Dharmic beliefs. Christianity has no concept of samsara, the cycle that moksha promises escape from.

Moksha and salvation are only similar in that they are positive endpoints in major religions. The similarities end there. I am going to remove the reference to salvation. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.68.144.87 (talk) 15:23, 12 October 2009 (UTC)

Advaita and Vaishnavism[edit]

The current state of the entry makes Advaita seem in some way opposed to Vaishnavism (i.e. "according to advaita" and later "Vaishnava sects follow one of Shuddhadvaita, Vishistadvaita, Dvaitadvaita, Dvaita, or Acintya Bheda Abheda")...which I am fairly certain is not the case - I mean, Bhaja Govidnam, a text about devotion to Vishnu, was written by the founder of Advaita.

Furthermore, the phrase "on the other hand, works of the non-dualistic Hindu school, Advaita Vedanta or Brahmavada has a doctrinal position similar to Buddhism" is nonsensical...Advaita was founded in part as a response to growing Buddhism in India. There are points of similarity, undoubtedly, but at the level of similarity between Advaita and Buddhism, the philosophy shares similarities with several other philosophies, thus either necessitating inclusion of these other philosophies in order to make the term "similarity" not arbitrarily exclusive, or removal of that phrase. Including this point of similarity does not seem to be adding any value to the article. 169.229.76.4 (talk) 23:15, 28 October 2009 (UTC)

So please correct it, if you know about it. I understand that the Advaita concept is for the atma to become one with the Parmatma, but hesitate to correct the entire text/matter in that section. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 117.202.20.18 (talk) 15:53, 1 August 2012 (UTC)

Proof-reading edits....[edit]

I made a few non-content corrections in the "Achieving Moksha" section.

1) In the sentence ...

Though Advaitha philosophy existed from millinimums right from the vedanta, upinishads period and advocated by many saints like Sukha, Sanaka, Goudapada, Govinda Bhagvatpada, AdiShankara is the most famous and profound presenter of Advaitha philosophy.

... the spelling of the word "Advaitha" was changed to "Advaita" so that its spelling remains uniform through the section.

2) At first, I was going to change "millinimums" to "millenia." But the claim itself is subjective, especially since the rest of the sentence refers to a specific period. So I edited the sentence to read "Though Advaita philosophy existed from the period of the Vedanta and the Upanishads (spelling corrected), and was advocated by many saints like Sukha, Sanaka, Goudapada and Govinda Bhagvatpada, Adi Shankara is its most famous and profound presenter."

The corrections are purely for the purpose of proof-reading. I have no intention of making or presenting any content based claims.

I felt that the topic is important enough to be presented in a serious and proof-read manner.

To the Wikipedia experts...could you please read through the article again and check for minor format corrections? It feels like the article could use some touching up. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Newbie777 (talkcontribs) 04:37, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

Issues and missing sections[edit]

This article has the following issues:

  1. Some sections are missing - the historical development of the concept of moksa, objections raised by scholars such as the 2nd century Nagarjuna etc
  2. Lacks summary of the key peer reviewed scholarly publications on moksa, such as by van Buitenen, Ingalls, etc.
  3. It hints some margas/traditions have their own view about moksa, but does not explain. These sub-sections need more substance and explanation.

I will try to address these issues. If someone has plans to address this, or has objections to the above, please post. It will save me some effort. Kind regards, Mark.muesse (talk) 17:48, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

Goal of spiritual life[edit]

In order to add some clarity I have added to the lead the statement that moksha is the ultimate goal of spiritual life (or religion if you will) in India. User:Joshua Jonathan claims that this is 'original research' yet it is a commonplace familiar to any student of Indian religions. He also queries that dharma indicates a religious form or path. In contemporary Hindi dharma does mean almost exclusively the same as the English word religion. If you are a devotee of Visnu you practice vaisnava dharma, if you are a Buddhist you practice buddha dharma, a Jain Jaina dharma and so on. If an Indian is asked "What is your dharma?" the querent means "What is your chosen religious path?" So dharma in contemporary Indian discourse means 'religion'. Whatever dharma you follow the end point or goal of that path is moksha. That is very uncontroversial. So I am keeping my edit until someone can convince me that what I say is untrue or unhelpful. regards 81.106.127.14 (talk) 07:18, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

Hi 81~14, here we are again, aren't we? May I, just in a friendly way, invite you to provide some sources, so I can get a further understanding of what you mean? Best regards, Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 08:18, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

Copied from User talk:Jim1138#Moksha

Hello. You have quite rightly asked for a source for my edit to moksha. I wondered if the Oxford Dictionary of World Religions would do? There it is defined as "The fourth and ultimate artha (goal) of Hinduism" (page 650). Moksha is also present as a concept in Buddhism. For example, the monastic code in Buddhism is called pratimoksha meaning 'towards moksha', moksha being conceived as the end of the Buddhist path too. Perhaps you would be kind enough to let me know before I add the source and revert. Many thanks. 81.106.127.14 (talk) 07:43, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

I would think Oxford would be wp:RS and I would be satisfied (hopefully others would be as well). Do you need any assitance in creating a citation? Cheers Jim1138 (talk) 07:52, 30 January 2014 (UTC)
I have my questions with "The Oxford". Frankly, you've been using that source so amny times; why don't you try to look a little bit further? This being said, it sounds quite correct what you're mentiioning here regarding Hinduism. Regarding Buddhism, "moksha" is not the common terminology in Buddhism, though I do understand your logic. "Nirvana" seems to be the common term. I did a little Google-search, and came across this quote:
"The Buddhist concept of nirvana is subtly different from the Upanishadic concept of moksha." (Sugata Bose, Ayesha Jalal (2004), Modern South Asia: History, Culture, Political Economy, Taylor & Francis)
Unfortunately, there is no copy of the book available at Google books, so I can't check the context of this quote. But it gives an indication, I think. Best regards, Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 10:16, 30 January 2014 (UTC)
Your cited source is by two political historians with no expertise in Indian religion. But you must yourself know that the code for monastics in Buddhism is called the pratimoksha. It means 'that which leads towards liberation'. Nirvana is the quality of mind possessed by one who has attained moksha. It is unconditioned (asankhata) consciousness because it is free from sankharas or sanskaras as they are called in Hinduism. There is no difference between the moksha of Jainism, Hinduism or Buddhism - with all three you have taken away the causes for incarnation into a material realm and you have attained nirvana - a description of the pristine, purified mind used in all three traditions. As for 'The Oxford' as you call it, it was written by leading international scholars - in this particular instance Gavin Flood. 81.106.127.14 (talk) 12:20, 30 January 2014 (UTC)
Hi 81~14. I know you're read a lot, and I think you're a very intelligent person; the point is just this: share with us your sources. Otherwise it's just your personal synthesis. And I don't doubt "The Oxford"; it's just that you use it so often, while there are so many more good books. Best regards, Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 14:35, 30 January 2014 (UTC)
I just noticed source # 2 and 3 in the lead; maybe you can use those. Best regards, Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 14:37, 30 January 2014 (UTC)
One more comment: if you use "The Oxford", you've got Hinduism covered, but not Buddhism. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 14:41, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── @Dorje108: @Tengu800: @Aoidh: Now that I'm pinging the three of you, how about this edit? I can't check the Oxford, but this editor has a reputation for original research. The sentence "is the ultimate goal (Skt: artha) of spiritual life (dharma)" looks weird to me. "Spiritual life" is a weird translation of "dharma"; it is not the term used by the oxford at the dharma-lemma. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 18:43, 12 February 2014 (UTC)

81.106.127.14 has revised the lead sentence to the following -
"In Indian religions moksha (Sanskrit: मोक्ष mokṣa) or mukti (मुक्ति; liberation or release) is the ultimate goal (Skt: artha) of spiritual life (dharma)."
For support, John Bowker's The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions at page 650, has been added. I have the Dictionary in front of me. The article is on Mokşa, in second column. Bowker's two paragraphs there do not support this new sentence by 81.106.127.14. Bowker never uses the word Dharma in Mokşa article, for example. The rest is misleading as well, given what Bowker explains for 'fourth and ultimate *artha' on page 94. I have revised the lead sentence to reflect what is actually supported by the source. Kind regards, Mark.muesse (talk) 22:49, 12 February 2014 (UTC)
Thanks!!! Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 08:30, 13 February 2014 (UTC)

Re-arrangement and lede[edit]

I made the following changes to this article:

  1. Expand lede per WP:LEAD. The lede should summarize the main article.
  2. Re-arrange per wiki's manual of style. I have tried to incorporate some recent suggestions. Definitions section now precedes the History section.
  3. Nāgārjuna is most known for his contributions to Buddhism. He is also credited with scholarly work on Hindu texts and concepts, particularly Nyaya school of Hinduism. See this Stanford University resource. I have placed Nagarjuna's challenge where it is most relevant.
  4. Remove web link to a part of David Loy's thesis into David Loy's peer reviewed journal article. They are not same.
  5. Other minor changes.

If someone has objections, let us discuss it here. Kind regards, Mark.muesse (talk) 11:14, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

No objections; I like your edits. But I have re-inserted the related terms (vimoksha etc.). Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 14:39, 22 February 2014 (UTC)
As per WP:BEGIN, we are rewriting for a non-expert and need to specify the context. Moksha is irrelevant to Islam or Chinese philosophy. The context should be in the opening sentence.--Redtigerxyz Talk 17:06, 22 August 2014 (UTC)