"samsara" meaning "life"

George Hart glhart at BERKELEY.EDU
Tue Feb 3 02:36:16 UTC 2009

In modern Brahmin Tamil, it means wife.
On Feb 2, 2009, at 2:30 PM, Allen W Thrasher wrote:

> In some modern Indian language samsar(a) can mean something like  
> "one's personal world" or "family life."  For instance there are the  
> novel and movie Apur sansar of Bibhutibhushana Bandhopadhyaya and  
> Satyajit Ray, and the Maharashtra State Family Planning Bureau's  
> magazine Sukhi sansar.  How widespread is this usage, and how far  
> back does it go, I wonder?
> Allen
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