Arvind Sharma

in Classical Hindu Thought

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780195658712
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082018 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the process of undergoing rebirths continuously, known as samsāra. In principle, the process is without a beginning and an end, unless brought to an end by religious and spiritual practices. The process has been defined as the ‘indefinite transmigration of living beings’. The author feels that to get a full sense of what this involves, it is worthwhile to narrate a segment of a living being's or jīva's involvement in the process for a few lives. The Bhāgavata Purāna presents such an account in the popular story of Bharata and his many lives.

Keywords: rebirth; samsāra; indefinite transmigration; living beings; jīva; Bhāgavata Purāna

Chapter.  1545 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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