From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Punarjanma literally means ‘rebirth’.

The theory of karma and punarjanma or rebirth, is a basic tenet of the religion. The principle behind it is, ‘As you sow, so you reap’. Punarjanma is regulated by prārabdhakarma. The religion accepts the regression of a soul into animal bodies, but only to exhaust the bad karmas, before being born again in a human body.


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