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Liberation (Mokṣa)
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In the Hindu tradition, the ultimate aim of religious striving – and indeed of human life in general – is most commonly termed mokṣa, meaning “freedom” or “liberation.” Although correspondences are of course far from exact, the idea occupies the place in Hindu thought that parallels concepts of perfection, salvation, redemption, freedom, and the lik…

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E. Nelson, Lance, “Liberation (Mokṣa)”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 26 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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