By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Samhara, SamhAra, Samhaara
Samhāra literally means ‘withdrawal,’ ‘destruction’.
Religion posits a cyclic theory of creation. Cyclic order is maintained by the following:
- Sṛṣṭi - creation
- Sthiti - sustenance
- Samhāra - withdrawal into the original cause
In samhāra, the process is the exact reverse of sṛṣṭi. The word is also used to indicate destruction or killing in general.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore