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[suh m-sahr-uh]
  1. Buddhism. the process of coming into existence as a differentiated, mortal creature.Compare nirvana(def 1).
  2. Hinduism. the endless series of births, deaths, and rebirths to which all beings are subject.Compare nirvana(def 2).
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Origin of samsara

First recorded in 1885–90, samsara is from the Sanskrit word samsāra literally, running together
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Historical Examples of samsara

  • As long as the soul is tied down to material conditions--that is, is passing through the processes of Samsara--it is an agent.

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British Dictionary definitions for samsara


  1. Hinduism the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth
  2. Buddhism the transmigration or rebirth of a person
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Word Origin for samsara

Sanskrit, literally: a passing through, from sam altogether + sarati it runs
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Word Origin and History for samsara


"endless cycle of death and rebirth, transmigration of souls," 1886, from Sanskrit samsara "a wandering through," from sam-, prefix denoting completeness (from the root of same), + sr- "to run, glide," from PIE root *ser- (2) "to flow" (see serum).

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