Pralaya

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[Sanskrit literally “dissolution”] According to Hindu cosmology, the universe is continually evolving through periodic cycles of creation and dissolution. The periods of destruction, or involution, are called pralayas. During a pralaya, all matter in the universe is absorbed into the Universal Spirit.

See also

Manvantara

Sources

Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 38, no. 22, May 21, 1995.