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70 SANSKRIT WORDS TO REMEMBER






  1. abhyasa — abhyāsa ( practice )

  2. ahimsa — ahiṁsā ( nonviolence, nonharming )

  3. ananda — ānanda ( bliss, ecstasy )

  4. aparigraha — aparigraha ( non-hoarding, greedlesssness )

  5. asana — āsana ( seat, posture, connection to the earth )

  6. asmita — asmitā ( ego identification, egoism, individualism )

  7. asteya — asteya ( non-stealing )

  8. atman — ātman ( the Divine Self, the in-dwelling soul )

  9. avidya — avidyā ( misknowing, ignorance )

  10. bandha — bandha ( energy lock used to direct the flow of prana )

  11. bhakti — bhakti ( devotion )

  12. bhavana — bhāvana ( cultivating, calling into existence )

  13. brahmacharya — brahmacarya ( continence )

  14. chakra — cakra ( wheel, circle, energy vortex )

  15. chitta-vritti — citta-vṛtti ( fluctuations, whirlings of the mind )

  16. dharana — dhāraṇā ( concentration leading to medit ation )

  17. dharma — dharma ( a law or principle which governs the universe )

  18. dhyana — dhyāna ( the meditation state, absorption )

  19. drishti — dṛṣṭi ( gaze )

  20. dukha — duḥkha ( limitation, suffering )

  21. guna — guṇa ( quality such as sattva - lightness, rajas - activity, tamas - inertia )

  22. guru — guru ( remover of darkness, teacher )

  23. ishvara — Īśvara ( God in form )

  24. jiva — jīva ( individual self, unenlightened soul )

  25. jivanmukta — jīvanmukta ( one who is enlightened to the true nature of being while living )

  26. karma — karma ( action ; thought, words, deed )

  27. kirtan — kirtan ( devotional singing of sacred mantras in a call-and-response format )

  28. klesha — kleśa ( obstacle to liberation )

  29. krama — krama ( succession of transformation that occurs from moment to moment )

  30. kriya — kriyā ( action taken for purification purposes )

  31. kundalini — kuṇḍalinī ( consciousness )

  32. mantra — mantra ( mind traverser, protector )

  33. mauna — mauna ( silence )

  34. maya — māyā ( illusion that which veils, limits and conceals )

  35. moksha — mokṣa ( liberation )

  36. mudra — mudrā ( seal )

  37. nada — nāda ( sound current, primal vibration )

  38. nadi — nāḍī ( river, stream, subtle channels for the flow of life force )

  39. nirodha — nirodha ( restriction, ceasing, stopping )

  40. niyama — niyama ( observances, action taken concerning ourselves )

  41. prana — prāṇa ( life force, vitality )

  42. pratyahara — pratyāhāra ( drawing the senses inward )

  43. pranidhana — praṇidhāna ( commitment, devotional submission )

  44. puraka — pūraka ( inhale )

  45. purusha — puruṣa ( pure spirit, transcendental Self )

  46. raga — rāga ( desire, excessive attachment to pleasure )

  47. rechaka — recaka ( exhale )

  48. sakshi — sākṣī ( the one with eyes, witness )

  49. samadhi — samādhi ( same as the highest, bliss, Self-realization )

  50. samavritti — samavṛtti ( same turning, even breathing )

  51. samsara — saṃsāra ( the wheel of birth and death, suffering individualization )

  52. samskaras — saṃskāra ( mental impressions, recollections, or psychological imprints )

  53. santosha — santoṣa ( contentment )

  54. satchitananda — satcitānanda ( true existence, knowledge and bliss )

  55. satsang — satsang ( attachment to the Truth, association )

  56. sattva — sattva ( lightness, purity, balance )

  57. satya — satya ( truthfulness, honesty )

  58. saucha — śauca ( shining, cleanliness )

  59. shastra — śāstra ( sacred scriptures, precept, rules, manual )

  60. sthira — sthira ( steady, stable )

  61. sukha — sukha ( sweet space, happiness )

  62. sutra — sūtra ( thread, teachings given )

  63. svadhyaya — svādhyāya ( moving toward one’s own, study of the Self )

  64. tapas — tapas ( to burn, austerity, intense discipline )

  65. ujjayi — ujjāyī ( victorious )

  66. vairagya — vairāgya ( detachment from anything that would lead one to avidya ignorance )

  67. vinyasa — vinyāsa ( linking mechanism )

  68. vinyasa krama — vinyāsa krama ( linked moments in the continuous process of change )

  69. yama — yama ( restrictions on our behavior toward others )

  70. yoga — yoga ( the yoking of the individual sense of self to the cosmic eternal Self )

















Image | Jivamukti Collective Austria

Words by Eva Lucie Daniela

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