Mokshopaya, Mokṣopāya, Moksopaya, Moksha-upaya: 9 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Mokṣopāya can be transliterated into English as Moksopaya or Mokshopaya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

The Mokṣopāya or Mokṣopāyaśāstra is a Sanskrit philosophical text on salvation for non-ascetics (mokṣa-upāya: 'means to release'), written on the Pradyumna hill in Śrīnagar in the 10th century AD. It has the form of a public sermon and claims human authorship and contains about 30,000 śloka's (making it longer than the Rāmāyaṇa).

The main part of the text forms a dialogue between Vasiṣṭha and Rāma, interchanged with numerous short stories and anecdotes to illustrate the content. This text was later (11th to the 14th century AD) expanded and vedanticized, which resulted in the Yogavāsiṣṭha.

The text of the Mokṣopāya shows that a unique philosophy has been created by the author. It taught a monism ('advaita') that is different from Advaita Vedanta. It makes use of other Darśanas in an inclusive way. The text teaches that the recognition that cognitive objects are non-existent, leads to ultimate detachment, which causes an attitude of "dispassion and non-involvement with worldly things and matters", though still fulfilling one's daily duties and activities.

This liberation is available for everyone, no matter their sex, caste or education, as long as one uses reason and maintains an active life in this world. To reach this liberation, one has to go through three stages:

  1. rational thinking (vicāra),
  2. true understanding (jñāna)
  3. and detachment (vairāgya).
Source: The Book of Dzyan: The Mokṣopāya, the unrevised Yoga-Vāsiṣṭha

The Mokṣopāya, the “Means to Liberation.” It is equally huge, about 30,000 verses, but it preserves a considerably more original version of the text. The Mokṣopāya is very reminiscent of Gauḍapāda’s Māṇḍūkya-kārikā.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mokshopaya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mokṣopāya (मोक्षोपाय).—a means of obtaining final emancipation.

Derivable forms: mokṣopāyaḥ (मोक्षोपायः).

Mokṣopāya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mokṣa and upāya (उपाय).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mokṣopāya (मोक्षोपाय).—m.

(-yaḥ) A sage, a devotee. E. mokṣa emancipation, upāya means.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Mokṣopāya (मोक्षोपाय) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—a name of the Yogavāsisṭha, and Mokṣopāyāsāra of the Laghu Yogavāsiṣṭha by Abhinanda.

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

1) Mokṣopāya (मोक्षोपाय):—[from mokṣa > mokṣ] m. means of eman°, [Harivaṃśa]

2) [v.s. ...] a sage, saint, devotee (?), [Horace H. Wilson]

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

Mokṣopāya (मोक्षोपाय):—[mokṣo+pāya] (yaḥ) 1. m. A sage, a devotee.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Mokṣopāya (मोक्षोपाय):—[(mokṣa + u)] m. Mittel zur Erlösung [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 77.] [Harivaṃśa 14343.] [Oxforder Handschriften 27,b, No. 70. 354,a,18.] a sage, a saint, a devotee [WILSON] angeblich nach [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 77.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Mokṣopāya (मोक्षोपाय):—m. Mittel zur Erlösung.

context information

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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