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By Swami Harshananda

Hita literally means ‘that which is conducive to well- being’.

In general sense, this word means ‘well-being’. It is used in the philosophy of Rāmānuja (A. D. 1017-1137) in a technical sense. A person desirous of mukti or liberation has to know three things:

  1. Tattva or Reality
  2. Hita or the means of attaining the Reality
  3. Puruṣārtha or the nature of final attainment or mukti

One who is interested in hita should also be aware of five things such as svasvarupa (one’s own nature), parasvarupa (nature of God) and so on.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore