The Five Kinds Of Liberation

Krishna's Mercy

[Rama's lotus feet]“Pure devotees reject the five kinds of liberation; indeed, for them liberation is very insignificant because they see it as hellish.” (Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya 9.267)

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It’s the fourth and hopefully last reward of living. Upon attaining it, the previous three are negated. No more searching for profit from endeavor, artha. No more adhering to strict rules and regulations in order to stay on the righteous path, dharma. And no more risking rebirth through material attachment in sense gratification, kama.

Moksha, or liberation, is the end to the cycle of birth and death. Time is infinite in both directions and the living spirit always has some independence, which means that it is entirely possible to choose to go in a different direction after the fact. Moksha is not having to suffer under the laws of the material world, where…

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