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Hinduism Glossary of Terms – Y

Yajur-Veda = One of the four Vedas yama = personal discipline Yoga = (1) Acquisition of what is not yet acquired. (2) Communion, Communion of the individual soul with the Supreme; discipline leading to this communion (3) (In Patanjali) Samadhi, cessation of mental fluctuations (yuji samadhau). Yogi = One who is seeking to or has […]

Hinduism Glossary of Terms – V

Vacaka =  Word; indicator; mantra, varna and pada Vacya =  Object, indicated; kala, tattva, bhuvana Vaha =  Flow; channel; the prana flowing in the ida nadi on the left and apana flowing in the pingala nadi on the right of susumna are together known as vaha Vahni =  a technical word of Saiva-Yoga, meaning ‘entering completely’ into the root and half of the middle of adhah kundalini (from the root Vah to […]

Hinduism Glossary of Terms – T

Uccara =  A particular technique of concentration on Pranasakti under Anava upaya. Various aspects of ananda (bliss) are experienced in this concentration. Ucchalatta =  The creative movement of the Divine ananda in waves bringing about manifestation and withdrawal Udana =  The vital vayu that moves upwards. The Sakti that moves up in Susumna at spiritual awakening. Udarana =  An analogy ; […]

Hinduism Glossary of Terms – T

Tamas =  One fo the constituents of Prakrti- the principle of inertia and delusion. Tantrika =  follower of Tantra; pertaining to Tantra. Tanmatra =  Lit. that only; the primary elements of perception; the general elements of the particulars of sense-perception, viz. sabda, sparsa, rupa, rasa, gandha Tantra =  A scripture in general; Science of the cosmic spiritual forces, […]

Hinduism Glossary of Terms – S

Sabda =  sound; word. Sabda-brahma =  Ultimate Reality in the form of thought-vibration in which state thought and word are identical. Sabda-rasi =  The group of letters from a to ksa Sadadhva =  The six forms of manifestation-three on the subjective side viz., mantra, varna and pada and three on the objective side, viz.,Kala, tattva and bhuvana Sadasiva (Sadakhya tattva) =  The third tattva, counting from […]

Hinduism Glossary of Terms – R

Raga =  One of the kancukas of Maya on account of which there is limitation by desire; passionate desire. Rajas =  The principle of motion, activity and disharmony-a constituent of Prakrti. Rakti =  relish; enjoyment esoteric meaning-‘sthiti’- maintenance. Rasa =  Flavour; aesthetic rapture. Rasmi =  Sakti Raudri =  The sakti that induces the pleasure-seeking souls to be confined to […]

Hinduism Glossary of Terms – P

pa~nchAmR^itam = rasapa~nchAmR^itam A sweet mixture of cow’s milk, curd, ghee (boiled butter), sugar and honey. (cardamom like nice smelling spices could also be added.) pazapa~nchAmR^itam In the above if the fruits like mango, jack, banana are added this fruit pa~nchamR^itam could be got PadArtha =  An entity of category. pa~nchagavyam =  The mixture of the […]

Hinduism Glossary of Terms – N

Nada =  (1) Metaphysical- The first movement of Siva-sakti towards manifestations. (2) In Yoga- The unstruck sound experienced insusumna. (3) When Sakti fills up the whole universe with Nadanta she is designated as Nada. This is also Sadasiva tattvabecause of the apposition of I and this is in the same principle. Nada =  interior spontaneous sound Nada-bindu =  The first creative […]

Hinduism Glossary of Terms – M

Madhya =  (1) The central Consciousness; the pure I-consciousness. (2) The Susumna or central pranic nadi. Madhyadhama =  The central nadi in the pranamayakosa, also known as brahmanadi or Susumna Madhyama =  Sabda in its subtle form as existing in the antahkarana prior to its gross manifestation. Madhyama-pada =  the central or middle state. Madhyamaka =  Buddhist philosophy that teaches that Reality lies in the […]

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