Glossary

You may be in a yoga class and hear the teacher using Sanskrit words for different aspects of body, mind & soul exercises. We thought you might find this list helpful in translating some of the more commonly used terms. Use always the box on the right to navigate our Glossary. Feedback for corrections and additions is welcome: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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DAKSHINA - donation for the Master or priest


DAM - self-control, restraint, control of the mind; second of the "six treasures" (see also "shat sampatti" and "Gyana Yoga")


DAN
- giving; gift, donation, offering


DARSHAN
- 1. vision, sight; seeing, meeting or visiting a respected person; 2. view, thought, philosophy


DAS
- servant, devotee of God


DATA
- giver, donor, benefactor; liberal, generous


DAYA
- sympathy, compassion, mercy
- DAYA BHAV - feeling of pity, sympathy


DAYAL, DAYALU
- compassionate, merciful, kind


DEEN
- 1. humble; 2 poor, needy, miserable
- DEEN BANDHU - friend and helper of the poor, an epithet of God
- DEEN DAYAL(U) - kind and considerate to the poor, an epithet of God
- DEENANATH - protector of the poor, Lord


DEEP
- lamp, light


DEEVALI / DEEPAVALI
- Festival of Light; traditional celebration in India


DEVA
- a divine being, god, deity


DEVI
- a female deity, goddess


DHANA
- property, wealth, possessions


DHARANA
- concentration, the sixth limb of Raja Yoga
- CHIDAKASH DHARANA
- a meditation technique
- HRIDAYAKASH DHARANA - a meditation technique
- TRIKUTI DHARANA - a concetration technique


DHARMA
- 1. right action, duty, morality, virtue, righteousness; 2. religion, religious duty; 3. particular nature or character
- SANATAN DHARMA - eternal duty, the relation to the essence
- SAT SANATAN DHARMA - the true relation to the essence, the duty of the true relation


DHAUTI
- a Hatha Yoga technique for internal cleansing (see also "Hatha Yoga kriyas")


DHYANA
- meditation, the seventh limb of Raja Yoga


DIKSHA
- initiation


DIVYA
- 1. divine, supernatural, 2. wonderful, charming


DIWALI -
see Deevali


DUKHA
- sorrow, suffering, pain


DVAITA
- duality, dualism; (see also "advait")
- DVAITA VEDANTA - the doctrine of dualism


DVESHA
- repulsion, hatred, aversion, dislike

 

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