"Unflinching devotion to the Teacher is paramount in the life of a true seeker. To begin with, an external God can be the object of faith. But once the devotee grows to be a seeker, only a Wise Teacher can fulfil his quest.  It is then for the seeker to get purified and enlightened by the words of wisdom from his Guru.  Their bond and attunement put the Teacher on the pedestal of God.  Such an impeccable Guru-sishya bond alone bestows wisdom, strength and fulfillment to the seeker."

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pratijna

Sanskrit : प्रति़ज्ञा ; A vow.

prāyopaveśa

Sanskrit : प्रायोपवेश ; Abstaining from food and awaiting in a sitting posture the approach of death.

preyas

sanskrit : प्रेयस् ; The desired fruit of heaven etc. but not a means to salvation.

puṇya

Sanskrit : पुण्य; Auspicious , propitious , fair , pleasant , good , right , virtuous , meritorious , pure , holy , sacred.

purana

sanskrit : पुराण ; belonging to ancient or olden times.

purusha

Sanskrit : पुरुष; The Supreme Being or Soul of the universe.

raga

sanskrit : राग ; Any feeling or passion, love, affection or sympathy for, vehement desire for, interest or joy or delight in.

rajas

sanskrit : रजस्  ; The second of the three gunas or qualities identified by activity, passion and emotions.

rati

Sanskrit : रति; Delight, Fondness.

Rigveda

Sanskrit : ऋग्वेद; Name of a Veda, An ancient sacred book of the Hindus.

sadguru

sanskrit : सद्गुरु ; a good teacher.

sādhaka

sādhaka  ( Sanskrit : साधक) is someone who follows a particular  sādhanā , or a way of life designed to realize the goal of one's ultimate ideal, whether it is merging with  brahman  or realization of one's personal deity.

sādhanā

sanskrit: साधना; a sādhaka (spiritual aspirant) undertakes a pursuit (sādhanā) to attain the fruition (siddhi's). Generally speaking sādhanā is a discipline or dedicated effort undertaken in the pursuit of a goal, liberation in this case.

samādhi

sanskrit : समाधिः ; Profound or abstract meditation.

samsāra

sanskrit : संसार; सम्यक सरति इति संसार - comprehensive movement, continuous, cyclic change - constitutes our world

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