|amāvāsyā: day of the new moon.|
|ānanda: bliss; often contrasted with sukha.|
|āśrama: stage of life: traditionally four for the twiceborn (dvija)-brahmacarya, vānaprasthya, gārhasthya, sa nyāsa.|
|asura: anti-god; cf. deva.|
|avatāra: literally 'descent': in corporeal form of a/the deity or a superhuman being.|
|bhakti (bhakta): devotion, attachment; (devotee).|
|Brahmā: a particular deva to whom is ascribed, in folklore, the fashioning of the world.|
|Brahman (Brahmā): literally, 'the Great One': the supreme spir-itual being.|
|darśana: intellectual perspective or orientation; a 'viewing' of the deity or some other great personage in his or her presence.|
|deva (devī): celestial; god; a persona or personification of the transcendent; sometimes the supreme Being (devī=feminine of deva).|
|dharma: order; code of practice; religion; virtue; characteristic.|
|guru: spiritual preceptor, teacher to whom one defers. |
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Book title: Hindus: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices.
Contributors: Julius Lipner - Author.
Place of publication: London.
Publication year: 1998.
Page number: 359.
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