~ Jagad Guru Chris Butler (Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa)

— Glossary —

Sanskrit Terms Used in the Text

abhidheya
absolutely compulsory duties; the immanent means to attain the ultimate goal; chanting the holy name and serving the Lord under the bona fide guru's supervision.
acarya
a devotee who teaches by example, he is a spiritual master who is a pure devotee and can guide his disciples to spiritual perfection.
acintya-bhedabheda-tattva
the teaching of the relationship of inconceivable, simultaneous oneness and difference among the jiva, the Lord and His energies.
ahaituki-krpa
causeless mercy (of the Lord or His pure devotee).
ahlada
the bliss potency latent within the jivas.
ajna
a wise and mature person.
ajnata-sukrti
pious activities performed unknowingly.
alambana
the person who is the object of sentiment, who is of two types: visaya and asraya. The devotee of Lord Krsna is the asraya (receptacle), and Lord Krsna Himself is the visaya (subject) of ecstatic love.
anartha
unwanted material desires in the heart that pollute the consciousness, such as pride, , envy, , greed, anger, and desires for distinction, adoration, wealth, etc.
anartha-nivrtti
overcoming anarthas.
anubhava
the physical expression of permanent ecstatic emotions; it results from vibhava, or the activities of alambana and uddipana (which see); examples: dancing, rolling on the ground, singing, stretching, crying out, yawning, heavy breathing, neglecting others, drooling, laughing like a madman, wheeling the head, belching, trembling, etc.
anuraga
spontaneous attraction for the Lord's name; a state where the sense of lover and beloved enrapturing each other into the state of complete obedience increases.
anusmrti
when dhyana becomes continual.
apana-dasa
the stage of application; when one is able to perfectly invoke the sentiments of rasa, he attains apana-dasa or prapti-dasa.
Aparadha
an offense against the holy name, the Deity, one's service or a devotee.
arati
a traditional Vedic ceremony during which nice offerings of incense, ghee lamp, flower, etc. are made to the Deity of the Lord.
arcane
the regulated worship of the Deity form of Krsna; one of the nine principal limbs of devotional service.
artha
economic development in terms of Vedic social codes (varnasrama-dharma).
asakti
attachment to Krsna's service.
asat-sanga
association with people who are not sadhus.
asat-irsna
a longing for, or attachment to illusory temporal objects.
asrama
any of the four stages of life of the Vedic varnasrama-dharma social system: brahmacari (celibate student life at the house of the guru), grhastha (married householder life), vanaprastha (retired life, when one wanders to the holy places), and sannyasa (the renounced order of life); a sacred sanctuary, free from material activities, aspirations and tedium.