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 …

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Lance E. Nelson, “Liberation (Mokṣa)”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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