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On Moksha in the Bhagavad Gita



Sri Krishna says in the Gita:

शक्नोतॊहैव : सोदुम् प्राक्शरीरविमोक्षणात्।
कामक्रोधोद्भवम् वेगम् युक्त: ससुखी नर: ||

Saknoteehaiva yassodhum praak sareera-vimokshanaat;
Kaama–krodhodbhavam vegam sa yuktah sasukhee narah.

After death, a man is what he has been just before his death. If he has not controlled lust and anger in this life, and acquired peace of mind and joy, he cannot have them after death.

That is why Sri Krishna said ihaiva इहैव (here, in this life itself) and explained the meaning of ihaiva by saying Praak Sareer प्राक् शरीरविमोक्षणात् (before the body is cast off). Such a moksha before death will alone bring about moksha after death.

The shloka as explained by Maha Periyava Kanchi Paramacharya

My Thoughts on the same

It is while living on earth that we should attain moksha - all desires, anger, ego, hatred should be dropped and we should purify ourselves while living on earth. We need to make the place we live Vaikunta - with Lord our guide. In this Kali Yuga, mere recitation of the name of the deity helps in achieving peace and moksha.

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