"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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āpah

sanskrit: आप: ; water or the water principle

apriya

Sanskrit : अप्रिय; unpleasant, disagreeable , disliked.

arghya

Sanskrit : अर्घ्य ; water and other items offered at the respectful reception of a guest.

ārjava

Sanskrit: आर्जव ; straightforwardness.

artha

sanskrit : अर्थ ; wealth

asakta

sanskrit : असक्त; without attachment for eg. working without attachment to the fruits or results of the act.

āsaktah

sanskrit : आसक्त: ; attached to

āsana

Sanskrit : आसन ; seat, place, stool.

asanga

sanskrit : असंग ; dis-attachment

ashrama

Sanskrit : आश्रम ; A stage of life. The four stages are 1st, Brahmacārin, ‘student of the Veda’; 2nd, Gṛha-stha, ‘householder’; 3rd, Vānaprastha, ‘anchorite’; and 4th, Sannyāsin.

Ashwamedha

Sanskrit: अश्वमेध;the horse-sacrifice, a celebrated ceremony, the antiquity of which reaches back to the Vedic period.

ātmā

Sanskrit : आत्मा; Soul

ātmā-jñāna

sanskrit : आत्मज्ञान; knowledge of the Soul

atṛpti

sanskrit : अतृप्ति ; unquenched-ness, dis-satisfaction

avadhāritam

sanskrit : अवधारितम् ; Sufficiently understood.

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