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Nitya (Skt., ‘enduring’). In Hinduism, the Absolute. One united with the Absolute is known as nitya-mukta; one who is thus united but returns to birth for the sake of others (cf. bodhisattva) is called nitya-siddha (an example is Nārada). Nitya is the Absolute at rest, in contrast to līlā, through which manifestation occurs.