March 23, 2024

Samsara Meaning in Yoga

Samsara is a Sanskrit word which denotes reincarnation, or more precisely, death and rebirth in general. This idea forms the core concept of many Indian religions and eastern philosophies such as Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism; additionally it's also seen as integral to yoga as it believes practicing it can bring liberation from Samsara (moksha).

Buddhists see Samsara, or the cycle of suffering caused by craving and ignorance, as perpetuated by the law of Karma - which states that one's actions in this life may have lasting repercussions in future lives. One can escape Samsara through practicing the Eightfold Path: right understanding, intention, speech, action, livelihood, effort mindfulness concentration - this will enable them to break free from this cycle and eventually achieve Enlightenment.

Samsara can be divided into six realms, including gods, asuras, humans, animals, hungry ghosts and hell beings. Each realm has its own characteristics; in general however, gods live an idyllic existence while asuras battle and battle one another; humans struggle for survival while looking for happiness; animals act instinctively while hunger ghosts search constantly for sustenance while hell beings are consumed with endless suffering and pain.

The Buddha taught that the only way out of samsara was enlightenment. Once someone achieves this state of being they become liberated from samsara and can experience Nirvana.


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