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Līlā

Līlā (Skt., ‘play’). The ‘joyous exercise of spontaneity involved [according to Hindus] in the art of creation’ ( S. Radhakrishnan). Līlā is freedom of movement, as in the rush of water from a fountain. It represents an exuberance in creation, undertaken by the god(s) for sheer delight, and is thus the reason why there is something rather than nothing. Līlā is personified in Lalitā. Līlā came also to refer to the acts of gods, so that dramatic re-enactments are called ‘-līlā’, as e.g. Ramalīlā or Kṛṣṇalīlā.

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