What could be the main difference between samskara's (more accurately: 
saMskaara)
and vasana's (vaasanaa)?

saMskAra m. (ifc. f. %{A}) putting together , forming well , making perfect , 
accomplishment , embellishment adornment , purification , cleansing , making 
ready , preparation , dressing (of food) , refining (of metals) , polishing (of 
gems) , rearing (of animals or plants) Gr2S3rS. MBh. Ka1v. , &c. ; cleansing 
the body , toilet , attire Hariv. ; forming the mind , training , education R. 
Ragh. ; correction (also in an astronomical sense Su1ryas.) , correct formation 
or use of a word Nir. Sarvad. ; correctness , purity (esp. of pronunciation or 
expression) MBh. R. &c. ; making sacred , hallowing , consecration Mn. MBh. &c. 
; a sacred or sanctifying ceremony , one which purifies from the taint of sin 
contracted in the , womb and leading to regeneration (12 such ceremonies are 
enjoined on the first three or twice-born classes in Mn. ii , 27 , viz. 1. 
%{garbhA7dhAna} , 2. %{puM-savana} , 3. %{sImanto7nnayana} , 4. %{jAta-karman} 
, 5. %{nAmakarman} , 6. %{niSkramaNa} , 7. %{anna-prA7zana} , 8. %{cUDA-karman} 
, 9. %{upanayana} , 10. %{kezA7nta} , 11. %{samAvartana} , 12. %{vivAha} , qq. 
vv. ; accord. to Gaut. viii , 8 &c. there are 40 Sam2ska1ras) Gr2S. Mn. MBh. 
&c. (IW.188 ; 192 &c. RTL. 353) [1120,3] ; the ceremony performed on a dead 
body (i.e. cremation) R. ; any purificatory ceremony W. ; the faculty of memory 
, mental impression or recollection , impression on the mind of acts done in a 
former state of existence (one of the 24 qualities of the Vais3eshikas , 
including %{bhAvanA} , the faculty of reproductive imagination "') Kan2. 
Sarvad. (IW. 69) ; (pl. , with Buddhists) a mental conformation or creation of 
the mind (such as that of the external world , regarded by it as real , though 
actually non-existent , and forming the second link in the twelvefold chain of 
causation or the fourth of the 5 Skandhas) Dharmas. 22 ; 42 ; a polishing stone 
MW.

 

 
 vAsanA f. the impression of anything remaining unconsciously in the mind , the 
present consciousness of past perceptions , knowledge derived from memory 
S3am2k. Ka1v. Katha1s. ; fancy , imagination , idea , notion , false notion , 
mistake (ifc. , e.g. %{bheda-v-} , the mistake that there is a difference) ib. 
Ra1jat. Sarvad. &c. ; thinking of , longing for , expectation , desire , 
inclination Katha1s. ; liking , respectful regard Bha1m. ; trust , confidence 
W. ; (in math.) proof , demonstration (= %{upapatti}) Gol. ; a kind of metre 
Col. ; N. of Durga1 BhP. ; of the wife of Arka ib. ; of a Comm. on the 
Siddha7nta-s3iroman2i. 

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