Glossery

Glossery

We all use words differently. I feel that
its important to define one’s terms.

Below are words that I use often or are
very important to me and what I mean
when I use the word.

 

  • Mahavakya:

A profound aphorism from scripture or a holy person or anyone for that matter, that acts like a catalyst to bring one into a full  realization of a profound truth.

The most famous are four Upanishadic proclamations: Prajanam Brahma (“Pure cosciousness is God”)...  Aham Brahmasni (“I am God”)... Tat tvam asi (“Thou art that”)... Ayam atam Brahma (“The soul is God”)...

 

  • Namaste:

For, Hindu(s), the greeting of choice is "Namaste," the two hands pressed together and held near the heart with the head gently bowed as one says, "Namaste." Thus it is both a spoken greeting and a gesture, a Mantr(a) and a Mudr(a). The prayerful hand position is a Mudr(a) called Anjali, from the root Anj, "to adorn, honor, celebrate or anoint." The hands held in union signify the oneness of an apparently dual cosmos, the bringing together of spirit and matter, or the self meeting the Self. It has been said that the right hand represents the higher nature or that which is divine in us, while the left hand represents the lower, worldly nature.

In Sanskrit "Namas" means, "bow, obeisance, reverential salutation." It comes from the root Nam, which carries meanings of bending, bowing, humbly submitting and becoming silent. "Te" means "to you." Thus "namaste" means "I bow to you." the act of greeting is called "Namaskaram," "Namaskara" and "Namaskar" in the varied languages of the subcontinent.

  • Dharma:

"Righteousness." (Sanskrit) From dhri, "to sustain; carry, hold."

Hence Dharma is "that which contains or upholds the cosmos." Dharma is a complex and all-inclusive term with many meanings, including: divine law, law of being, way of righteousness, ethics, duty, responsibility, virtue, justice, goodness and truth. Essentially, Dharma is the orderly fulfillment of an inherent nature or destiny. Relating to the soul, it is the mode of conduct most conducive to spiritual advancement, the right and righteous path.

I personally see Dharma as the unified being that trandsends this ...

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