Definition of kaivalya
: the final state of Jain and Vedantic salvation characterized as absolute release of one's jiva from all entanglements with ajiva : self-directed liberation
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Origin and Etymology of kaivalya
Sanskrit, from kevala exclusively one's own, alone, whole
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