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By Swami Harshananda

sadrśaparināma (‘activity without change of state’)

This is a word used specially in Sāṅkhya philosophy.

During pralaya (dissolution of the world after the duration of its specified existence) there is a backward movement (pratisañcāra) in the created world, until all the compounds of the guṇas are reduced to their primary guṇas—sattva, rajas and tamas. However, even in this state of equilibrium, there is movement and tension within each guṇa, producing the same or similar (= sadṛśa) effects (= pariṇāma). This is called sadṛśapariṇāma as opposed to the change leading to creation (visadṛśa-pariṇāma).


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