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By Swami Harshananda

Anuśaya literally means ‘left over even after experience’.

Mythology believes in the theory of karma and punarjanma. As a result of puṇya, the jīva is said to go to svargaloka or candraloka and return to the earth after the merit is used up.

Even when puṇya is exhausted, there are other karmas still left over, which will fructify and give the jīva further births and experiences. Such residual karma is called anuśaya. The word is sometimes used in the sense of paścātāpa or repentance.


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