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Samsara is the continuous cycle of life, death, and reincarnation envisioned in Hinduism and other Indian religions. In Hindu thought, as well as in the thought of the other traditions that share the concept, samsara is the form of existence from which believers seek to escape. One dwells in the realm of samsara as long as one lives in accordance with the illusion (maya) that one's own self is separate from the rest of reality instead of being united or one with it. Believing in the illusion of separateness that persists throughout samsara leads one to act in ways that generate karma and thus lead to rebirth. By fully grasping the unity or oneness of all things, the believer shatters the illusion upon which samsara is based and achieves moksha - liberation from samsara.