Hinduism

Moksha in Hinduism

Most Hindus believe that the ultimate aim of life is to attain moksha or liberation from the cycle of birth and death. We may not pursue moksha in this life. But, with each passing re-birth our soul will get tired of earthly existence and yearn for liberation. To achieve moksha one needs to control the five senses and the monkey mind.

Negative Thinking

Gaining control over the senses is not easy. But, it can be done with diligence and focused effort. Start controlling your senses one by one, and finally when you overcome all the five senses, you will realize that you are able to control your fickle mind as well. To overcome the senses and the mind, one needs to be pure in thinking. Before we commit to action, we first need to analyze its repercussions in our mind. It is said that even thinking negatively about others adversely affects our karma.

Pure Thought

So, it is necessary to practice purity of thought and avoid negative thinking about others. By practicing purity of thought, sages and saints were able to overcome negative emotions and feelings such as anger, lust, greed, jealousy etc. Slowly, as our mind becomes pure, we find that our control over our fickle mind becomes greater. To achieve this, persistence and patience are necessary.

How to Control Anger

Anger can wreak havoc both physically and mentally. To overcome anger, we need to develop a forgiving attitude. Compassion for others is an important stepping stone in the path of spiritual progress. The power of forgiveness can help us overcome anger and gain moksha in this life.

Summary

Thus, to attain moksha in this very life, we need to practice pure thought, compassion, and overcome anger and all these can be achieved with persistence and patience. When we master our emotions and our mind, we become a jivanmukta (liberated while alive). A jivanmukta faces the ups and downs of life with equanimity sure in the knowledge that his/her soul is immortal and will survive long after their mortal coil perishes.

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