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Understanding Moksha

November 12, 2016

Moksha or Nirvana or Enlightenment, is known to many as the state of perfection and a condition of absolute stillness, stagnation and death.


‘Understanding Moksha’, is an attempt to explore and understand the meaning of Moksha. Through a documentary, a group of students intend to explore the different paths people have been taking to attain that state of perfection, of absolute peace.

For example, it is believed by many Hindus, that a person who dies in the city of Varanasi (also known as Benaras) shall attain Moksha or Salvation. In Varanasi, lined along the banks of a holy river Ganga, there are many salvation spaces, one of them famously known as Mumukshu Bhavan, where people check-in with the objective of having a peaceful death and attaining Moksha. The documentary intends to study these spaces, understand the meaning from the many people living there waiting to die.

The documentary also wishes to explore the path Aghoris take to attain the same state. The Aghoris are ascetic Shaiva sadhus. The Aghori are known to engage in post-mortem rituals. They often dwell in charnel grounds, have been witnessed smearing cremation ashes on their bodies, and have been known to use bones from human corpses for crafting kapalas (skullcups) and jewelry. Because of their practices that are contradictory to orthodox Hinduism, they are generally opposed by other Hindus.


The combined and cumulative effort aims to unravel the mystery of human pursuit and create a new interest on the subject.

In Director’s own words –

“I believe that god, if  he exists, would never have created a rule saying, “You will attain Moksha if you die in Varanasi”. I am intrigued by how such a belief  came into being and intend to understand the reasons  why our ancestors must have initiated such rituals.

I want to explore and understand the reason behind why we do what we do. Is it silence and being with oneself that helps one to introspect about karma or is it a dip in the river Ganga that helps one purify a soul?”

This is a not for profit initiative by a team of students from AISFM. The team is mainly looking forward to people’s support to help create this documentary. You could read more about the project here – In case of any queries please feel free to write to the Director, Sameer Kumar here – Any kind of support would be most appreciated.

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  1. November 13, 2016 11:48

    On Kashi:

    There are multiple paths to nirvana and they have pros & cons. References are available for the science behind most of them.

    A true Guru guides each disciple to the most suitable path for her/him.


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