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Garhastya

Sanskrit : गार्हस्थ्य ; गृहस्थाश्रम The order of a householder.

guna

Sanskrit : गुण  ; A quality, attribute or property in general. A property of all created things; three are particularized, the sattva, raja and tama, or principles of truth or existence, passion, and darkness or ignorance.

Guru

sanskrit : गुरु, Represents the one who carries on in the tradition of the guru-shishya relationship . Lit. one who removes the darkness of ignorance. The importance of finding a guru who can impart transcendental knowledge (vidyā) is emphasised in the Vedantic Culture.

Gurudev

Sanskrit : गुरुदेव ; embodiment of the Guru principle, spiritual master, preceptor.

haritaki

Sanskrit : हरीतकी ; the yellow Myrobalan tree.

havan

Sanskrit : हवन; A fire receptacle, the act of offering an oblation with fire, sacrifice.

icchā

sanskrit : इच्छा ; wish, desire, inclination

īti

Sanskrit : ईति; Any calamity of the season.

itihasa

Sanskrit : इतिहास ; talk, legend, tradition, history, traditional accounts of former events, heroic history.

jāgrat

Sanskrit : जाग्रत्; waking state.

janma

Sanskrit : जन्म ; birth.

japa

Sanskrit : जप; Muttering prayers.

jata

sanskrit : जटा ; Matted hair.

Jeevanmukta

Sanskrit : जीवन्मुक्त; emancipated while still alive (i.e. liberated before death from all liability to future births).

jnaanendriya

sanskrit : ज्ञानेद्रिय ; organs of cognition or sense organs

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