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(HinduDharma: The Forty Samskaras)

SELF :

The state of Self-realisation.

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AIRAVATA:

The celestial elephant.

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INDRANI :

Consort of Indra.

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GITA :

Prajahati yada kaman sarvan Partha manogatan

Atmanyeva'tmana tustah sthita-prajnastad'ocyate

- Bhagavadgita, 2. 55

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ATMAN :

See Chapter 33, Part Five.

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TARA-STHAYI :

The upper ocatve or register.

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MANGALA :

This is similar to the statement: " A rose is a rose is a rose. "

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VALLUVAR :

In order to abandon (earthly) desires, hold the feet of the Lord who is himself without any desire.

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ATMASAKTI :

Gandhiji often spoke about "soul force".

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NISEKA :

The literal meaning of the word is "sprinkling".

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PARSIS :

Zoroastrians.

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19 +21 +40 :

All these are explained in detail in subsequent chapters.

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PRATHAMA :

The first day of the lunar fortnight.

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SARIRA - PINDA :

This term may be taken ot mean the embryo, a blob of life; it also means a lump, a ball of rice, etc.

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PUMSAVANA :

This is a ceremony performed for the birth of a male child.

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SIMANTA:

Simanta of simantonnayana literally means "parting of the hair " (that is of the expectant mother).

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JATAKARMA:

Also known as "cuda- karma", the first cutting of the hair on the child's head. "Cuda" means the "lock or tuft of hair" kept after the remaining part is shaved off.

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SALAGRAMA :

Stone found in the Gandaki river and worshipped as a symbol of Visnu.

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BRAHMARANDHRA :

Aperture in the crown of the head where the susumna-nadi terminates. This nadi is situated between the "ida" and the "pingala" of the spinal column.

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VAIDIKA BRAHMINS :

Brahmins who adhere to the Vedic dharma. In theory all Brahmins are expected to follow this dharma.

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"Hindu Dharma" is a book which contains English translation of certain invaluable and engrossing speeches of Sri Sri Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi MahaSwamiji (at various times during the years 1907 to 1994).
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