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MiraclesWonder and Meaning in World Religions$
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David L. Weddle

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814794159

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814794159.001.0001

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Signs of Spiritual Liberation

(p.35) 2 Hinduism

David L. Weddle

NYU Press

This chapter examines the meaning and purpose of miracles in Hinduism. The primary purpose of miracle stories in Hindu tradition is to bring spiritual liberation to those who witness or read about them. These stories demonstrate the possibility of freedom from the limits of the material world and from the spiritual burden of the past. The specific moral lessons miracle stories impart may differ, but their common goal is to demonstrate the way to final release from this world, not only for the characters in the story but also for any readers. Whether produced by divine manifestations (avatars) like Krishna or by humans through discipline and meditation (yogis) or devotion (saints) or learning (gurus), Hindu miracles break the bonds of this illusory world and open the way to ultimate freedom.

Keywords:   miracles, miracle stories, Hinduism, spiritual liberation, freedom

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