Mokshashastra, Mokṣaśāstra, Moksha-shastra: 5 definitions



Mokshashastra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Mokṣaśāstra can be transliterated into English as Moksasastra or Mokshashastra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

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Source: The Scientific Journal Guillermo de Ockham: Dharmaśāstra vis-à-vis Mokṣaśāstra

Mokṣaśāstra (मोक्षशास्त्र) referst to the “science of freedom”.—The principal philosophical systems of India are divided into two branches: āstika and nāstika. Āstika means Veda-abiding and nāstika, non-Veda-abiding. This is an instance of the intrusion of Dharmaśāstra into Mokṣaśāstra: the rules of religious law operating on what was claimed to be the science of freedom (mokṣa/mukti). Thus, religious law had its position asserted and the materialists along with the Jains and the Buddhists were declared to be outside the Vedic fold.

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mokṣaśāstra (मोक्षशास्त्र).—[neuter] the doctrine of emancipation.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mokṣaśāstra (मोक्षशास्त्र):—[=mokṣa-śāstra] [from mokṣa > mokṣ] n. the doctrine of final eman°, [Upaniṣad]

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Mokshashastra in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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