The contemplative researcher lives aloof from society, a silent and unseen example it would seem. How is he to share his refined sensitivities, his ascetic and indeed aesthetic findings in ways that reveal their hidden purpose? (The Sritantra Project)

Moksha: an etymological note

Vedic/Sanskrit moksha (Thai mokkh) is attested as early as pre-Rgveda, from the root muc, or moc (Lubotsky) as a verb, meaning 'to release, be/become free, liberate, set free.' It holds a range of further implications, 'to shed (as leaves, feathers, hair or skin)'; 'to cast off (a bodily covering)' (cf English molting); 'to slacken, unloose, untie'; and likewise indicates something 'transformed, emancipated, liberated, given up, released.' It is likely derived from PIE base *mei-, 'to change, exchange,' 'to move, go.' Compare Sanskrit methati, 'changes, alternates, joins, meets,' and may also be a cognate of Latin mutare, 'liable to change,' and Latin meare, 'to pass'; meare is the second part of the English word permeable and appears as well in Greek amoibe, 'change,' the root of the English word amoeba, characterized by its constantly changing shape. Compare English mutable (attested c.1374).

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