The definition of Brahman is given in this chapter of the Taittiriya Upanishad:
yato va imani bhutani jayante ।
yena jatani jivanti ।
tad brahmeti ।
That from whence these beings are born, that by which, when born, they live, that into which they enter at their death, try to know that. That ...
Narayana consists of two words as Naara+Ayana. Naara means water and Ayana means home. It is mentioned in Mahabharata, Vana Parva, SECTION CLXXXVIII.
3 आपॊ नारा इति परॊक्ताः संज्ञा नाम कृतं मया
तेन नारायणॊ ऽसम्य उक्तॊ मम तद धययनं सदा
In ancient times I called the waters by the name of Nara; and because the waters have ever been my ayana or home, ...
Legend has it that when Panini prayed to Shiva and asked for knowledge, Shiva appeared before him and his Damaru (डमरु) made the following 14 sounds representing the MaheshwaraSutrani (माहेश्वरसूत्राणि):
In all of Panini's grammar, there are a set of sUtras(सूत्राणि) or formulae, which represent particular rules, and in those rules, the above सूत्राणि are ...
According to Sanskrit Dictionary,
आर्ष relating or belonging to or derived from ṛṣi-s (id est the poets of the Vedic and other old hymns) , archaistic  etc.
आर्ष the speech of a ṛṣi-, the holy text, the veda-s 
आर्ष the derivation (of a poem) from a ṛṣi- author.
 Literary Source: mahābhārata
 Literary Source: rāmāyaṇa
 Literary ...
The Vishnu Purana defines Bhagavān as follows,
उत्पत्तिं प्रलयं चैव भूतानामागतिं गतिम् |
वेत्तिं विद्यामविद्यां च स वाच्यो भगवानिति ||
He who understands the creation and dissolution, the appearance and disappearance of beings, the wisdom and ignorance, should be called Bhagavān. — Vishnu Purana, VI.5.78
The same text defines Bhaga and provides ...
'Shiva' denotes the nature of the self or the transcendental aspect. It represents Turiya which is beyond three Gunas of nature ie. Satva, Rajas and Tamas.
30th verse of Shiva Mahimna Stotra composed by Pushpadanta states:
बहुल-रजसे विश्वोत्पत्तौ भवाय नमो नमः
प्रबल-तमसे तत् संहारे हराय नमो नमः।
जन-सुखकृते सत्त्वोद्रिक्तौ मृडाय नमो नमः
what is the meaning of Indra?
The exact meaning of word Indra is given in Aitareya Upanishad –Khanda 3 –Chapter 1 –Verse 14. - Page no 32-33
तस्मादिन्द्रो नामेदन्द्रो ह वै नाम | तमिदन्द्रं सन्तमिन्द्र
इत्याचक्षते परोक्षेण | परोक्षप्रिया इव हि देवा: परोक्षप्रिया इव हि
tasmAdidandro nAmedandro ha vai nAma . tamidandra.n santami.ndra
There are different meaning of the word Indra is given by Yaska in Nirukta 10.8.
इन्द्र इरां दृणातीति वाँ।
इरां दद्तीति वा।
इरां दधातीति वा ।
इरा दारयतैं इति घा।
इरा धारर्थत इति वा ।
इन्दवे द्रर्वतीति वा ।
इन्दी रमत इति वा ।
इन्धे भूतानीति वा ।
तद्यदेनं प्राणैः समैनैधंस्तदिन्द्रस्येन्द्रत्वैम् ।।
इति विज्ञायैते ।
Etymologically, the word ShAstra seems to be derived from the root word "ShAsana" meaning "to rule". So, "that which rules" is ShAstra. Also the "Tra" is derived from the word "TrAna" which means " to protect". So. "That which rules and at the same time protect" is ShAstra.
It rules by the fear of punishment (like-if you do this, this is ...
The word Arya is used in Vasistha Dharma Sutras as follows:
The country of the Âryas (Âryâvarta) lies to the east of the region where (the river Sarasvatî) disappears, to the west of the
Black-forest, to the north of the Pâripâtra (mountains), to the south
of the Himâlaya. 8
(According to others it lies to the south of the Himâlaya) and to the ...
The word Asura has 2 meanings in the text Rig Veda
In positive sense and negative sense.
The word asa means breath and the word Asura would mean who has his strength in the breath or who is the possessed of breath (the meaning given by yaksha nirukta).That means an asura is someone who is posser of breath that he could perform Great actions by his power ...
The meaning of Brahman & Vasudeva according to Shreemad Bhagvat Purana.
वदन्ति तत्तत्वविदस्तत्वम् यज्ज्ञानमद्वयम् । ब्रह्मेति परमात्मेति
भगवानिति शब्द्द्यते ॥ 11
vadanti tat tattva-vidas tattvaḿ yaj jñānam advayam brahmeti
paramātmeti bhagavān iti śabdyate
Learned transcendentalists who know the Absolute Truth call this
Raghu was one of the great renowned King of Ikshvaku dynasty. His father was Dirghabahu.
His son was Aja. Son of Aja was Dasaratha and son of Dasaratha were Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata, Shatrughna.
The son of Khatwánga was Dírghabáhu; his son was Raghu; his son was Aja; his son was Daśaratha. The god from whose navel the lotus springs became fourfold, as ...
Etymology of Yudhishtira = steady in war, is correct. Here, the war can be any kind of battle or struggle. Throughout the Mahabharata, Yudhishtira was known to behold the Dharma & remaining steadfast in every challenging situations.
The passage you described about Yudhishtira 'wanting' to go in exile - is just part of warring frustrations. That should ...
We find the word "Arsha" being used in the Manu Smriti itself.Its used in the context of declaring the 8 forms of marriage.
Manu Smriti 3.20. Now listen to (the) brief (description of) the
following eight marriage-rites used by the four castes (varna) which
partly secure benefits and partly produce evil both in this life and
As you may have noticed that these mantras are quite different from Vedic mantras or those contained in other Hindu Shastras although they are also (mostly)related to Vedic Deities only.
They use mostly spoken languages as opposed to sanskrit and also at times the words used in them are such that the mantras look completely meaningless.
For example, given ...
Etymology of the word "purāṇa" is mentioned Part 1 Prakriya Pada Chapter 1 of Vayu Purana.
यस्मात्पुरा ह्यनतीदं1 पुराणं तेन तत्स्मृतम्। निरुक्तमस्य यो वेद
This is called Purana because it breathes (exists) from earliest
times. The etymology of this one (i.e. Purána) who knows, he gets rid
of all the sins.
Before I begin, I would like to mention that the study of etymology or Nirukta, one of the six Vedanga, can provide beautiful insights into the practice of Hinduism. As you read further, this will be showcased.
This seemed like a simple question at first. Although, I needed to a lot of research to get the etymology of it. There are two aspects of the ...
In his lecture The Common Bases of Hinduism, Swami Vivekananda says the following on being Hindu:
There are certain great principles in which, I think, we — whether Vaishnavas, Shaivas, Shāktas, Gāṇapatyas, whether belonging to the ancient Vedantists or the modern ones, whether belonging to the old rigid sects or the modern reformed ones — are all one, ...
I think of it this way:
Ramayana = Ram + ayana
Here 'ayana' could be one of two thing:
coming - Story of Ram's Coming/Arrival
path/walking - the Path/walk/journey of Ram
I quote the following from the book Manusmriti:
He thought deeply, for he wished to emit various sorts of creatures
from his own body; first he emitted the waters, and then he emitted
his semen in them. That semen became the golden egg as bright as the
sun with his thousand rays; Brahma himself, the grandfather of all
people, was born in that egg....
Yes, that etymology is based on Nirukta 2.3.4 of Yaska:
वर्णः वृणोतेः ।
According to Unadi Sutras:
3-10 कॄवॄजॄसिद्रुपन्यनिस्वपिभ्यो नित् ॥
3.10 kRRIvRRIjRRIsidrupanyanisvapibhyo nita
Which stats Vriyat Iti Varna See page no. 101 of UnadiVriti.
In his commentary called Rigvedadi Bhashya Bhumika, Swami Dayananda Saraswati has ...
According to Swami Gambhirananda the following is the translation of Chandogya Upanishad 1.10.1 (translated his Bengali translation into English):
When all the crops of the country of the Kurus got destroyed by hail
storms (or by the fire of lightnings), Ushashti Chakrayana, along with
his minor wife, in a distressed condition, took shelter in a ...
Chapter 7 - The childhood sports of Pārvatī of Rudra-saṃhitā : Pārvatī-khaṇḍa of Shiva Purana provides the following meaning:
Afterwards when Kālī wanted to perform a penance she was forbidden by her mother who said—“O, no (Umā). Hence O sage, the sweetfaced lady came to be called Umā in the world.
umeti mātrā tapase niṣiddhā kālikā ca sā |
Do scriptures mention that 'Uma' name is Pranava swarupa?
Yes, the Great Goddess herself describes her form as that of the Praṇava, in the Chapter 49: Manifestation of Uma from the Section 5 - Umā-Saṃhitā of Śhiva Purāṇa
न ब्रह्मा न मुरारातिर्न पुरारातिरीश्वरः ।
मदने गर्वितुं किंचित्का कथान्यसुपर्वणाम् ॥२७॥
na brahmā na surārātirna ...
Its a bit hard to understand the exact term shiva for us ! in sanskrit shiva means "the one who dosent exist". Or who is not physical or bounded.
Shih vah the pronunciation means becoming null or the term black hole is what has been till date invented to describe shiva. In universe what u can see and touch and reason is created but the space ...
The meaning of the name Shiva is "Auspicious, Pure"
Shiva is a male Sanskrit name that refers to the third aspect of god, called in the Vedas.
If pronounced with a long final vowel "a", Shiva is a female name; a name of the goddess Parvati, Uma and Lakshmi.
It can also be described as "The god staying in a state blissful, enjoying in its own self ...
Brahman is that which is permanent in things that change. It is without name and form, which two are the characteristic natures of the world of appearance, and is essentially existence-absolute. Existence can never change, never perish, though things in which also it is, perish. Hence existence is the nature of Reality and is different from the things of ...