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2018, Vol. 10, Issue 1

Concept of liberation in the Bhāgavata purāṇa

Author(s): Champak Deka

Abstract: The concept of liberation or mokṣa occupies a prominent place in Indian philosophical and religious traditions. Among the four puruṣārtha s, viz., dharma, artha, kāma and mokṣa, the last puruṣārtha i.e. mokṣa is said to be concerned with the spiritual aspect of human life. Mokṣa is said to be paramapuruṣārtha, i.e. the ultimate value. The Bhāgavatapurāṇa is one of the important Mahā-purāṇas and also the primary sacred text of the Vaiṣṇava branch of Hinduism. The Bhāgavatapurāṇa is regarded as a highly authoritative work from the standpoint of religion and philosophy. In this Purāṇa, the concept of liberation occupies the position of the supreme importance. It holds that the realization of identity between the self and God or Absolute breaks the fetters of this worldly existence. This state is called the state of liberation. This Purāṇa mentions the different paths of liberation of the self and at the same time emphasizes its preference for the path of devotion or bhakti. Here an attempt has been made to highlight the doctrine of liberation as depicted in the Bhāgavatapurāṇa.

DOI: 10.22271/pracya.2018.v10.i1.26

Pages: 139-149 | Views: 1002 | Downloads: 396

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Champak Deka. Concept of liberation in the Bhāgavata purāṇa. Prācyā. 2018; 10(1): 139-149. DOI: 10.22271/pracya.2018.v10.i1.26