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
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- Baba: Divine Father; Bhagavân Srî Sathya Sai Baba (Sathya Nârâyana) (SSS-III)
the personified sins of King Vena.
"prize" and "many-mindedness"(SSS).
Outer show Bhava: Inner feeling.
Name of the giant crane, an ogre in disguise who threatened the herd
and killed by Krishna (BV-39).
- Bala: 'Strength' (Balarâma)
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
Mahârâja: a king who became a great devotee by
surrendering everything to Vâmanadeva, the Lord's
- Bal Vikas ('Blossoming of the Child'):
Spiritual education program for children meaning awakening of the
a word meaning 'gold', which is applied to a child who is charming and
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:
s'âkhinam s'âkhinâm varam
sthitam dharanyâm meghâbham
sevitam bahubhih khagaih
phalaih pravâlais' ca ghanaih
tasya des'asya s'âkhinâm
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
and Amma: Father and mother (RRV-4)
- Barhismân: Prâcînabarhi: a king who, entangled
in fruitive activities, received instructions about the importance of
devotional service from Nârada Muni.
- Bhagavad Gîtâ: 'The Song of
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
- authority derived from power;
- heroism, bravery;
- 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
- 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:
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
- 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
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
the personification of devotional service.
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
Sarasvatî Thâkura: the spiritual master of His Divine
Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupâda.
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
- 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.
Purushah: The Lord is won over by devotion alone. (BV-29)
- Bharadwaja: Sage visited by Rama while in
exile in the forests (RRV-15)
...the syllable 'Bha', which He interpreted as Light, the Light of
Spiritual Realization, the light that reveals the identity of all as
- Bharatha: "He who rules", half-brother of
Rama born from Kaikeyi (Kaika). (RRV-4). (see also: SB: Canto 6, 8:15)
(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.
- Sarasvatî: the goddess of learning and the wife of Lord
Bharatha's well (RRV-7c)
- Bhargava: descendant of Bhrigu (RRV-8).
- Bhargavarama: descendant of Bhrigu, a
saint in the Vedic primeval times (RRV-8).
Husband, One who is the over-lord, the one who
looks after. Who else can truly be called a husband than
Vibhuthi (ash) (SSS-II)
- Bhava: Inner feeling; bahya:
Outer show. Devotion and love for Krishna.
- "Bhavathi, Bhikshaam dehi": "Ma,
give me alms" (SSS-II)
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.
land of luxury - a land of skyscrapers, tinned foods, air-conditioning
and television (SSS-III)
Land, that in return for seeds offers grain a hundred-fold (SSS-III)
The Bee which is attracted spontaneously by the Honey of Grace (SSS-II)
the spiritual master of King Indra and chief priest of the heavenly
the leader of the sages in the universe.
'the revolting one', a name of Arjuna as he who puts to flight,
drives back the enemy.
Thâkura: a great devotee who wrhote books describing the
confidential pastimes of Lord Krishna.
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
Knowing, spiritual knowledge, teaching.
- Boon: A promise or reward (RRV-10a) (RRV2-1)
- Brahmâ or Brahmâjî or
Virinca - SB,
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 Veda's.
- First level of realization preceding the one of paramâtâ.
- Name for the complete of matter (mahâ-brahman, maha-tattva).
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)
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.
Marga: the principles of spiritual
- 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)
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)
4.30 A.M. (BV-42).
- Brâhmana: A member of the intellectual,
priestly class; the first Vedic social order.
Beloved of Brahma, said of Satharupa, the wife of Manu. (BV-30)
- Brahmins: The virtuous (RRV-6b), (BV-37).
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)