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A Sanskrit word which implies liberation from the wheel of rebirth while living. This concept involves a subtle philosophical argument. It might be maintained that spiritual liberation cannot be attained while in a physical body, but according to ADVAITA the body is really an illusion and when the individual realizes that all manifestation is illusion, then there is no obstacle to liberation even though he or she continues in the physical. A jivanmukti (or jivanmuktin) is a person who has attained jivanmukta.

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