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Varying interpretations are given for moksha. Some say it is escape from worldly life. Others believe it is oneness with the Supreme One. In the Visishtadvaita school of philosophy, moksha is seen as nectar, elaborated Navalpakkam Yagnam (Kannan), in a discourse. It is sweet; it is joyful. Vaishnavite Acharya Vedanta Desika describes it as an overflowing joy. Moksha is sweet, like honey, like milk and so on. But every one of these has a distinct sweetness, not to be compared with the sweetness of anything else. So what is the sweetness of moksha really akin to? It is a sweetness that is beyond compare, beyond description.

A clever Sanskrit poet was once asked to list sweetness of various kinds. He came up with a list of various sweet foods like sugarcane, milk etc. but he finally made the observation that even the Goddess of learning Saraswati could not accurately describe each of these. In other words, they were all unique in their taste. If it is difficult to define an ordinary sweetness, such as even a spiritually unaware person can enjoy, how much more difficult must be the task of defining the sweetness of moksha? All that one can say is that it is a deluge of sweetness, and that is what Vedanta Desika says.

The reason for the sweetness of moksha is the proximity to the Supreme One — Lord Narayana, that it gives us. That nearness to Him, the enjoyment in totality of all His auspicious qualities — that is the experience that contributes to the sweetness. This experience is unique in more than one sense. It will be an everyday experience for the one who attains His abode and an experience that lasts forever; there will be no other experience there; nothing can be greater than this experience.

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