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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  • Naaka: Heaven is also known as 'naaka' in Sanskrit; it has also another meaning, 'Nose! (RRV2-2)
  • Nachikethas: Son of sage Vajashravas given to Yama, the Lord of death, for questioning his father's mean gift of old and useless cows to pious people. [see Katha Upanishad]
  • Naga: "Serpent," often the cobra; symbol of the kundalini coiled on the four petals of the muladhara chakra. Naga: The best or most excellent of any kind.
  • Nagara Sankirtan: Gather together in the hours before dawn, and walk slowly along the streets, singing Bhajans glorifying God. Carry the Name to every doorstep. Wake up the sleeping. Purify the air polluted by day-long angry shouts of hate and greed, faction and fear. What greater service can you render than this - beginning the day with the Name of God and helping others to remember Him? (SSS-III)
  • Nala and Nila (Nela): Two generals of Rama (cursed by a sage: "Boys! May all things that you throw on water never sink; may they float instead") helping constructing the bridge to reach Lanka, the city of Ravana where Sita was kept (RRV2-7a).
  • Namakarana: Traditional ceremonial rites which purify and clarify the intellect (BV-31).
  • Namakaranam: Rite of Naming of a new-born  (RRV-2).
  • Namaste, Namaskar: I bow (in devotion) for you; I greet you.
  • Namasmarana: The remembering of the Name of God (SSS-I)
  • Nanak: Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism.
  • Nandigrama: Place where Bharatha stayed in contemplation while Rama spent fourteen years in the forest (RRV2-1)
  • Nannayya Bhatta: Nickname of M. Kasturi, author of Sathyam Shivam Sundaram (SSS-II)
  • Nârâ and Nârâyana: The inseparable divine forces (RRV-4), (BV-44).
  • Nara-Nârâyana: The original man (Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 2, Chapter 7, verse 6).
  • Nârâyana: (path of man, God of man, son of the original man): Vishnu-tattva-avatâra. He in whom all reside. Is presented with four arms as the one resisting wordly temptations in the holding out of heavenly beauties.
    - Plenary expansion of Krishna with four hands, holding the conch, the disc, the mace and the lotusflower.
    - Lord of the heavenly worlds, the Vaikunthha planets.
    - Name of the Supreme Personality of God, He who is the source and destination of all living beings. 
    - The part (or lead) of God relating to man, that source from which the waters originated. (
    10.14: 14).
    - Monier Williams dictionary:'the son of the original Man (with whom he is generally associated); he is identified with Brahma with Vishnu or Krishna; the Apsaras Urvasi is said to have sprung from his thigh; elsewhere he is regarded as a Kas'yapa or Angirasa, also as chief of the Sâdhyas, and with Jaina's as the 8th of the 9 black Vâsudevas) ; the Purusha-hymn is said to have been composed by Him)....'
    - Sage Nârâyana: for the welfare, in this and the next life, of the human beings abiding in dharma, jnâna and self-control in Bhârata-varsha, has he been performing penances from the beginning of Brahmâ's day (see
    10.87: 6)
  • Nârada Muni: [see also Vedas] (son of Brahmâ) A great devotee of the Lord, who can travel everywhere in the spiritual and material world to proclaim the glory of the Lord. (is also seen as an avatâra
    Nârada bhakti Sutra:
    Nâradaís eighty-four jewellike aphorisms on devotion, known as the Narada-bhakti-sutra, reveal the secrets of love of God - what it is, and isnít; what its effects are; what helps or hinders our progress along the path; and much more. For the sincere seeker of lifeís ultimate goal, the Narada-bhakti-sutra is essential.
  • Naraka: Hell (BV-44).
  • Naram: Water (SSS-I).
  • Narantaka: Another son Ravana (RRV2-9)
  • Narasimha (Nrsmhadeva): Man-lion. One of the ten Avathars of Vishnu.
  • Nrisimhadeva: Half-human half-lion incarnation of Krishna.
  • Na sukhaallabhyathe sukham: From happiness no happiness can ensue. In case one has no misery, one cannot identify happiness (RRV-17c).
  • Nasthika: Atheist (Dharma Vahini).
  • Navaratri: The supreme Shakti manifests herself in the form of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Durga grants us energy - physical, mental and spiritual. Lakshmi bestows on us wealth of many kinds, not just money but intellectual wealth, the wealth of character, the wealth of health and so on. She grants untold riches to us. And Saraswati bestows on us intelligence, the capacity for intellectual enquiry and the power of discrimination. Your own mother is the combination of all these Divine beings. The life of a person who cannot respect and love one’s own venerable mother is utterly useless. Your mother provides you with energy, wealth and intelligence. She constantly desires our advancement in life. So she represents all the three goddesses that we worship during the Navaratri festival. Recognising your mother as the very embodiment of all divine forces, show reverence to her and treat her with love. This is the true message of Navaratri. Divine Discourse Sathya Sai Baba, Oct 14, 1988.
  • "Neela thoyada madhya-sthaad, vidyullekheva bhaaswaraa, thasyamadhye vahni sikhaa": In the centre of the blue cloud, shining like a streak of lightning, with the tongue of fire in its centre (SSS-II)
  • Neti Neti: (Not this, not this). Baba said, "Brahman is like a balloon that bulges; it never bursts! So, Neti refers to the comprehension of Brahman, not Brahman itself? Neti does not mean, 'No, it is not this,' it means: 'No, it is not thus.' 'No, this is not all.' 'No there is much more to Brahman than this or thus.' (SSS-III) (SB Canto 7:7-23)
  • New Delhi: Hastinapurâ
  • Nidarsan: evidence (SSS-III) evidence, witness (SSS-III)
  • Nididhyasana: Practising the path laid down (RRV-2).
  • Nirodha: Control, restraint, cessation
  • Nirguna: Without qualities, attributeless
  • Nirguna Jnani: knower of the attributeless (SSS-IV
  • Nirvana: Freedom, liberation from cycle of birth and death.
  • Nirvikalpa Samadhi: The superconscious state where there is no mind. Nirvikalpa is like water without waves or ripples.
    'Are we not at peace, when one thought ceases and another does not rise? You have to watch that moment, be one with that moment and get fixed in that, so that, there is ceaseless continuous peace; thoughts arise and die as ripples on water; you have to look at the water, rather than the ripples. Neglect the waves, watching the water'. 'The person who takes up the process of meditation lands into a state of Nirvikalpa some time or other though it is a very difficult state to attain. Even a Karmayogi or a Bhaktha touches this stage time and again in the most natural way, and knows fully what it is. Therefore, he can remember it and bring it back into experience, and feel the joy of continuous communion with God' (
  • Nishadas: Inhabitants of hills and forests (RRV-13
  • Nithya Kalyanam. Paccha Thoranam: Perpetual Festivity, perpetually Green. (SSS-II)
  • "Nithya Nirabhimana": "permanent ego-lessness" (SSS-II)
  • Nivritti: Detachment 
  • Nuthana: New (SSS-II)
  • Nyasaputhras: Children, born in order to realize the value of some deposit that they had made with you in the previous life which you had misappropriated and misused (SSS-III)