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Glossary
Om
Ojas
Oordhvareto
Padma
Parama
Paramatma
Pingala
Poorna
Prakriti
Prana
Pranayam
Prasad
Pratyahara
Pratyakshatva
Pravrajika
Prema
Prerana
Puraka
Purana
Purusha
Purusakara
Glossary of Sanskrit Terms
Om - According to the Vedas, the most sacred of all words, out of which emanated the universe. The symbol of both the personal God and the Brahman or Absolute. Om is regarded by Hindus as the greatest mantra being of incalculable spiritual potency.

Ojas - Spiritual energy.


Oordhvareto - Yogi-The Yogi in whom the seminal energy flows upwards.

Padma - Lotus; Chakra; a name for the plexus.

Parama - Supreme.

Paramatma - The Supreme Soul or Brahman

Pingala - The Nadi that runs on the right side of Sushumna Nadi.

Poorna - Full.

Prakriti - Primordial Nature, which in association with Purusha, creates the universe.

Prana - The vital breadth, which sustains life in a physical body; the primal energy or force, of which other physical forces are manifestations.

Pranayam - Control of the prana, or the vital breath. One of the eight limbs of Patanjali's Yoga system; consists of certain breathing exercises that should be practised under the supervision of an experienced teacher, and only by those who lead an absolutely chaste life.

Prasad or prasadam - Food or drink that has been offered to the Deity; also the leavings of a superior's meal.

Pratyahara - Withdrawing the senses from objects.

Pratyakshatva - Direct perception.

Pravrajika - Pronounced prav-ra-jika. Title of a Hindu nun. See Sannyasini.

Prema - Divine love.

Prerana - Inner goading.

Puraka - Inhalation.

Purana - Hindu mythology.

Purusha - The eternal Conscious Principle of the Samkhya Philosophy, the Absolute.

Purusakara - Self-reliance.



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