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Mokṣa

Ariel Glucklich

in Hinduism

ISBN: 9780195399318
Published online January 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195399318-0036
Mokṣa

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The subject of Mokṣa occupies a central and prestigious place in Hindu culture, although in practical and philosophical terms it has always engaged a tiny minority of Hindus. The pursuit of liberation from samsara and attempts to understand the true nature of reality have figured prominently among the major systems of philosophy and the scriptures on which these are founded. But unlike other areas within the Hindu world, Mokṣa, strictly understood, lacks texture. Unlike bhakti or dharma for example, there is little that one could say informally about an experience, or a condition, that is said to transcend discursive qualities. However, due to the practical nature of the philosophical enterprise in India, Mokṣa is implicated in broader areas of discussion, such as psychology, language, metaphysics, and even ethics.

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Subjects: Hinduism

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