Pretyabhāva

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Pretyabhava, PretyabhAva, Pretyabhaava


pretyabhāva (‘to come into being after death’)

This word is generally used to indicate punarjanma or rebirth. It may also indicate samsāra, the continuous flow of birth and death, the destruction of which is the final goal of life. This is called mokṣa or liberation.

How a man is reborn is described interestingly by some Upaniṣads {vide Brhadāranyaka 6.2.16; Chāndogya 5.10.5, 6).


References

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

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pretyabhāva (‘to come into being after death’) This word is generally used to indi¬cate punaṛjanma or rebirth. It may also indicate saihsāra, the continuous flow of birth and death, the destruction of which is the final goal of life. This is called mokṣa or liberation. How a man is reborn is described interestingly by some Upaniṣads (vide Brhadāranyaka 6.2.16; Chāndogya 5.10.5, 6).