MOHA
January 23, 2000

Moksha (liberation) is to be ksha or free of moha. Moha is infatuation or delusion that keeps one away from God.

In Vachanamrut Gadhada Middle 1, in response to Muktanand Swami's question, Lord Swaminarayan explains the nature of moha, and how to remove moha. Lord Swaminarayan explains, "The very nature of moha is when the mind has a sense of bhraanti or delusion. When moha intensifies in a person's heart, the bhraanti in his mind also intensifies. Then he loses all sense of discrimination of what should be done and what should not be done." Lord Swaminarayan explains the steps due to moha by citing Bhagavad Gita 2/62-63: "While contemplating on vishayas (sense) objects, a person develops attachment for them; and from such attachment, desires develop; and from desires, anger arises. From anger, moha arises; and from moha, confusion of smruti (memory). When smruti is confused, buddhi (intellect) is lost, and when buddhi is lost, one perishes." Lord Swaminarayan thus reveals, "Attachment to the five vishayas is the cause of moha." Then Lord Swaminarayan explains that a person can detach his chitta from vishayas by: (1) "having the firm conviction that 'I am aatmaa,'" (2) "thoroughly understanding the nature of the creation, sustenance, and destruction of the world," and (3) "thoroughly understanding the glory of God's form." Finally, "When attachment to the vishayas is eradicated, a person no longer makes distinction between pleasant and unpleasant vishayas...he does not get moha upon seeing a pleasant object...[such a person] is known to be free of moha."

In Vachanamrut Gadhada Middle 53, Lord Swaminarayan explains, "The nature of moha as described in the scriptures is as follows: When there is moha in one's heart, one cannot see one's own flaws. Thus, not being able to see one's own flaws is the very nature of moha."

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