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Classical Hindu ThoughtAn Introduction$
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Arvind Sharma

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195658712

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658712.001.0001

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(p.113) Chapter XV Mokṣa
Classical Hindu Thought

Arvind Sharma

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the notion of moksha. Moksha means that the jīva has crossed over the line from the mundane to the divine by pursuing one of the yogas successfully. The form of moksha may be a matter of difference of opinion; but all are agreed on its effect: the cessation of rebirths, of samsāra. This goal of moksha is regarded as actually attainable while one is on this earth. There are different concepts of moksha in different schools, as well as different concepts within the same school; what is to be borne in mind is that it is considered actually attainable.

Keywords:   jjīvava, yogas, rebirth, samsāra, Moksha

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