From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Pretyabhāva literally means ‘to come into being after death’.

This word is generally used to indicate punarjanma or rebirth. It may also indicate sansāra, the continuous flow of birth and death, the destruction of which is the final goal of life. This is called mokṣa or liberation. How a man is reborn is described interestingly by some Upaniṣads.[1][2]


  1. Brhadāranyaka Upaniṣad 6.2.16
  2. Chāndogya Upaniṣad 5.10.5, 6
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore