Glossary: here the words are collected that in the Vahinis at this site are explained by Sai Baba, complemented with glossaries from Bhagavad Gîtâ and S'rîmad Bhâgavatam



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  • Baba: Divine Father; Bhagavân Srî Sathya Sai Baba (Sathya Nârâyana) (SSS-III)
  • Bâhuka: the personified sins of King Vena.
  • Bahumati: "prize" and "many-mindedness"(SSS).
  • Bahya: Outer show Bhava: Inner feeling. 
  • Bakasura: Name of the giant crane, an ogre in disguise who threatened the herd and killed by Krishna (BV-39).
  • Bala: 'Strength' (Balarâma)
  • Bala and Athi-Bala (mantra): Strength and super-strength. (RRV-6b)
  • Baladeva: is the name of Lord Balarâma: (strenght of joy) Krishna's first Plenary portion operating as His older brother. Also named Râma and Sankarsan. He is the protector and teacher of the devotees, is also considered Bhagavân.
  • Balarâma: (power of joy) Krishna's first complete (partial-) aspect, acting as His older brother. Also called Baladeva and Râma. Is the protector and teacher of the devotees. He is also called Bhagavân. Lord Krishna's elder brother and first plenary expansion.
  • Bali Mahârâja: a king who became a great devotee by surrendering everything to Vâmanadeva, the Lord's dwarf-brâhmana incarnation.
  • Bal Vikas ('Blossoming of the Child'): Spiritual education program for children meaning awakening of the child. (SSS-IV)
  • Bangaroo: a word meaning 'gold', which is applied to a child who is charming and well-behaved. (SSS-IV)
  • Banyan: Tree considered sacred. To mark the spot where sacred pastimes took place we may find a banyan tree.
    S'rîla Sanâtana Gosvâmî quotes the following verses from S'rî Harivams'a (Vishnu-parva 11.18-22), which describe the banyan tree: 
    dadars'a vipulodagra-
    s'âkhinam s'âkhinâm varam
    sthitam dharanyâm meghâbham
    nibidam dala-san'cayaih
    nîla-citrânga-varnais' ca
    sevitam bahubhih khagaih
    phalaih pravâlais' ca ghanaih
    âdhipatyam ivânyeshâm
    tasya des'asya s'âkhinâm
    kurvânam s'ubha-karmânam
    nirâvarsham anâtapam
    nyagrodham parvatâgrâbham
    bhândîram nâma nâmatah
    "They saw that best of all trees, which had many long branches. With its dense covering of leaves, it resembled a cloud sitting on the earth. Indeed, its form was so large that it appeared like a mountain covering half the sky. Many birds with charming blue wings frequented that great tree, whose dense fruits and leaves made it seem like a cloud accompanied by a rainbow or like a house decorated with creepers and flowers. It spread its broad roots downward and carried upon itself the sanctified clouds. That banyan tree was like the lordly master of all other trees in that vicinity, as it performed the all-auspicious functions of warding off the rain and the heat of the sun. Such was the appearance of that nyagrodha tree known as Bhândîra, which seemed just like the peak of a great mountain."
  • Bapu and Amma: Father and mother (RRV-4)
  • Barhisat - Barhismân: Prâcînabarhi: a king who, entangled in fruitive activities, received instructions about the importance of devotional service from Nârada Muni.
  • Bhâdra: August-September
  • Bhagavad Gîtâ: 'The Song of the Lord'.
  • "Bhagavallîlavathâra, Lîlâ-manusha-vigraha":  meaning that He (Baba) was indisputably Divine (SSS-II)
  • Bhagavatha: Can be applied to every account of the experiences of those who have contacted God and the Godly (Bhagavan and Bhaktha); is given to the descriptions of the experiences of those who have realised Him in those forms and of those who have been blessed by His Grace and chosen as His Instruments; by Bhagavatha we also mean those with attachment to God, those who seek the companionship of God; only those who avoid them (the company of the ungodly) can be called Bhagavathas, God's own (BV-1), (BV-44).
  • Bhagavân: (Bhagavatha Vahini) Divinity; term of reverential address; Sathya Sai Baba is called Bhagavân by his devotees. (BV-30), (BV-36)Bha means "creation," Ga means "protection" and Va means "change" or "transformation." "Bhagavân is capable of all three (SSS-I)
    Bhagavân: means 'one endowed with Bhaga'; Bhaga means according to ancient Sanskrit lexicographers:
    - Aiswarya - authority derived from power;
    -Virya - heroism, bravery;
    -Yasha - fame;
    -Sriyah - prosperity;
    -Jñâana - wisdom;
    -Vairagya - detachment. (SSS-III)
    Bhagavân: (bhaga - fullness; van - possessing): the fortunate one, the worshipable one, the fulfilled, the one happy, the Supreme Lord characterized by the six opulences: riches, beauty, power, fame, knowledge and penance.
    - Honorary title for the Supreme Personality. Next to the Vishnu-avatâra also used for S'iva, Vyâsa and Brahmâ to express the meaning of their greatness.
    - Highest level of self-realization after brahman and paramâtmâ.
    - His ânanda-aspect (see sat-cit-ânanda).
    - the name Bhagavân is also used for others but of all who are entitled to that name is He first of all Vâsudeva (S.B.
    11.16: 29).
  • Bhagavathathatwa: The wisdom of the Divine. (BV-29)
  • Bhajan: Devotional singing, reciting one or more holy names of the Lord. Bhajan or reverential adoration must be a mental upsurge, not an oral exercise (SSS-II)
  • Bhaktha(s): (Bhagavatha Vahini) The ones drawn towards Him. Faithful devotees of the Lord. (BV-1), (BV-30), (BV-36), (BV-37), (BV-44). A devotee of the Lord; one who performs devotional service (bhakti).
  • Bhaktharakshana: Guarding the Good, fostering of bhakthas, Granting succour of Devotees (SSS-II)
  • Bhakti: Reverent Adoration, (RRV-1), devotion (BV-36).  Adoring the Supreme with the greatest possible Love is called Bhakti, the (9) modes (path) of devotion. (RRV2-2):
    1. Sravanam: listening to stories of the Lord's lilas or plays
    2. Kirtanam: chanting of God's glories
    3. Smaranam: remembering the presence of the Lord constantly
    4. Padasevanam: Pada means feet. Seva means service. This is when you get to blend your practice of karma yoga (seva) with bhakti. In doing your duty and serving humanity, develop the bhava that you are serving and worshiping the Lord's Feet.
    5. Archanam: Worship of God through rituals such as puja
    6. Vandanam: prostration. The yogi expresses his respect and love to god by prostrating physically to the ground thereby developing humility
    7. Dasyam: The devotee is developing the feeling of being the Lord's servant. This will weed out pride, selfishness, arrogance and egoism which are all based on avidya.
    8. Sakhyam: Feeling of friendship. This bhava helps the devotees establish a personal relationship with God picturing him as his best friend. One should be ready to do anything for their friend.
    9. Atmanivedanam: Complete surrender of self. The term bhakti is often translated as devotion or love but rarely as surrender. Actually surrender is the highest aspect of bhakti. One's ego is totally offered to the Lord and nothing but the atman remains and non duality is experienced. 
    Nârada Bhakti Sutra, verse 62: 'Even after one has achieved devotional service, one should not abandon one's responsibilities in this world but should rather continue surrendering the results of one's work to the Lord. And while still trying to reach the stage of pure devotion, one must certainly continue executing prescribed duties.' 
  • Bhaktidevî: the personification of devotional service.
  • Bhakthimarga: Steadily worshipping the source and sustenance of all, Him, the True, the Good, the Beautiful, the Embodiment of Love, Peace and Joy, in all, as all, for all, through all. (SSS-III)
  • Bhaktisiddhânta Sarasvatî Thâkura: the spiritual master of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupâda.
  • Bhaktivinoda Thâkura (born. 1838-1914): great âcârya, teacher of the teacher of Swami Prabhupâda, writer of many songs and books about Krishna. He restored the stature of Navadvipa (in Bengal), as the birth place of Lord Caitanya and is often found on the individual shrines of the Vaishnava's as the founder of the modern method of adaptation to the innovations of society and the upgrading of devotional service.
  • Bhakthi Yoga: Linking with the Supreme Lord (Krishna) by devotional service. "Union through devotion." Bhakti yoga is the practice of devotional disciplines, worship, prayer, chanting and singing with the aim of awakening love in the heart and opening oneself to God's grace. Bhakti may be directed toward God, Gods or one's spiritual preceptor. Bhakti yoga seeks communion and ever closer rapport with the Divine, developing qualities that make communion possible, such as love, selflessness and purity.
  • Bhakthirvasah Purushah: The Lord is won over by devotion alone. (BV-29)
  • Bharadwaja: Sage visited by Rama while in exile in the forests (RRV-15)
  • Bharath: ...the syllable 'Bha', which He interpreted as Light, the Light of Spiritual Realization, the light that reveals the identity of all as God. (SSS-III)
  • Bharatha: "He who rules", half-brother of Rama born from Kaikeyi (Kaika). (RRV-4). (see also: SB: Canto 6, 8:15)
  • Bharata (Jada): the son of Mahârâja Dusyanta who renounced his kingdom and family at an early age. He became very advanced in spiritual practice, but later became attached to a pet deer and had to take two more births before achieving liberation.
  • Bhâratî - Sarasvatî: the goddess of learning and the wife of Lord Brahmâ.
  • Bharathakupa: Bharatha's well (RRV-7c)
  • Bhargava: descendant of Bhrigu (RRV-8).
  • Bhargavarama: descendant of Bhrigu, a saint in the Vedic primeval times (RRV-8).
  • Bhartha: Husband, One who is the over-lord, the one who looks after. Who else can truly be called a husband than God.   (Discourses)
  • Bhasma: Vibhuthi (ash) (SSS-II)
  • Bhava: Inner feeling; bahya: Outer show. Devotion and love for Krishna.
  • "Bhavathi, Bhikshaam dehi": "Ma, give me alms" (SSS-II)
  • Bhiksha: Alms (SSS-II)
  • Bhîsma: the most powerful and oldest warrior in the Battle of Kuruksetra; he is recognized as one of the chief authorities on devotional service tot he Lord.
  • Bhogabhoomi: land of luxury - a land of skyscrapers, tinned foods, air-conditioning and television (SSS-III)
  • Bhoomatha: Land, that in return for seeds offers grain a hundred-fold (SSS-III)
  • Bhrama: Delusion.
  • Bhramara: The Bee which is attracted spontaneously by the Honey of Grace (SSS-II)
  • Brhaspati: the spiritual master of King Indra and chief priest of the heavenly planets.
  • Bhrgu: the leader of the sages in the universe.
  • Bîbhatsa: 'the revolting one', a name of Arjuna as he who puts to flight, drives back the enemy.
  • Bilvamangala Thâkura: a great devotee who wrhote books describing the confidential pastimes of Lord Krishna.
  • Births, three: SB 4:31-10: What is the use of the three births in this world of being born from semen, by initiation, or by the labor of sacrifice; whether one acts according to what is human or what the Veda's say or whether one lives as long as a demigod?
  • Bodha: Knowing, spiritual knowledge, teaching.
  • Boon: A promise or reward (RRV-10a) (RRV2-1)
  • Brahmâ or Brahmâjî or Virinca - SB, 8:6-16): the Creator. Demi-god. There exist more Brahmâ's. First living being sprouted from Vishnu's navel. Resides on the lotus which is the Creation, i.e. mount Meru. The first created living being and secondary creator of the material universe.
  • Brahman:'The universal spirit, soul' (also called Hiranyagarbha: 'of the gold inside' - SB 8-17) Associated with Creation, He is Brahmâ, with Protection; He is Vishnu, with Dissolution; He is Siva. (BV-30) The Creator in the trinity Brahmâ, Vishnu (the Preserver), and Shiva (the Destroyer). Impersonal Supreme Being, primal source and ultimate goal of all beings. Thus, it is identical to the Atma.
    Brahman: Krishna's impersonal sat-aspect. Is divided in parâ and apara-brahman relating to having respectively the unseen and the visible of the creation.
    - The omnipresent effulgence in as well the material as the spiritual space known as light. 
    - The full of the spirit, of the spiritual, in two: saguna-brahman; the word driven by the guna's and nirguna-brahman, the spiritual free from the influence of the modes of nature.
    - The mindful, the spiritual, the spiritual soul in an impersonal sense.
    - As the Absolute Truth the Absolute or Supreme.
    - Also indicating the
    - First level of realization preceding the one of paramâtâ.
    - Name for the complete of matter (mahâ-brahman, maha-tattva).
  • Brahmastra: he resolved to resort to the sacred arrow of Brahma that he had with him. He knew that Brahma, the first of the Trinity, had told Ravana that he would meet his death at the hands of man and monkey. He decided to prevent that calamity. The Brahmastra was released with appropriate ritual formulae. Hanuman had great reverence for the weapon that is sanctified by such manthras and dedicated to Brahma (RRV2-6a)
  • Brahma-Atma-Buddhi: The awareness that one is just Brahmam, and nothing less (Geetha Vahini).
  • Brahmacarya: A celibate student under the guidance of a spiritual master; celibate student life; the first order of Vedic spiritual life.
  • Brahma Marga: the principles of spiritual advancement (SSS-III
  • Brahmâ-muhûrta: period of one to one and a half hour before the (mean time of) sunrise. Time most suitable for meditation (see japa). (BV-39), (BV-44). (SSS-II)
  • Brahmachari, Brahmajnani: (see also jnana): Seekers of Truth (RRV-4), (RRV-12), (RRV-18). Pilgrims on the path of Brahma-realisation (SSS-II)
  • Brahmajnana: Sita is - or the Awareness of the Universal Absolute. (RRV-Inner meaning)
  • Brahmajnani: It meant "One who has acquired the wisdom that reveals the Inner Reality" (SSS-II)
  • Brahmamuhurtham: 4.30 A.M. (BV-42).
  • Brâhmana: A member of the intellectual, priestly class; the first Vedic social order. 
  • Brahmapriya: Beloved of Brahma, said of Satharupa, the wife of Manu. (BV-30)
  • Brahmins: The virtuous (RRV-6b), (BV-37).
  • Buddha: the special incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead who appeared to bewilder atheists and dissuade them from performing unnessary animal sacrifies.
  • Budhi: Reason (SSS-II)