Vedanta
Vedanta (/vædɑːntə/; [ʋeːd̪aːn̪t̪], Devanagari: वेदान्त, Vedānta) or Uttarā Mīmāṃsā is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. The term veda means "knowledge" and anta means "end", and o...
Swami Kalyanananda
Kalyanananda (1874-1937) was a direct monastic disciple of Vivekananda, who had set up the Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama at Kankhal, near Haridwar. As a monk of the Ramakrishna Order he took up servi...
Santhananda
H. H. Swami Santhananda Saraswati Avadhoota Swamigal (28 March 1921 - 27 May 2002) born as Subrahmanyam was a Hindu spiritual leader and teacher who established the worship of Devi Bhuvaneswari in Tam...
Swami Sadananda
Swami Sadananda, popularly known as Gupta Maharaj in the Ramakrishna Order, was a direct monastic disciple of Swami Vivekananda. He was the first disciple according to some sources. He took his monas...
Mahavishnu
Mahavishnu (Devanāgarī: महाविष्णु) is an aspect of Vishnu, the Absolute which is beyond human comprehension and is beyond all attributes. In Gauḍīya Vaishnavism, a school of Vaiṣṇavism, the Sātvata-t...
Kesava Bharati
Sri Kesava Bharati was a member of the Sankarite renunciate order. He bestowed sannyasa on Chaitanya Mahaprabhu when the latter requested it.In the Sri-Gaura-Ganoddesa-dipika of Kavi-karnapura, Kesava...
Idam
Idam(Tamil) (Sanskrit: इदम् or अयम् or इयम्) is a Tamil/Sanskrit word which denotes location or position or place. In grammar it is used at the beginning or middle of a sentence as a nominative or att...
Vedanta Society of Southern California
The Vedanta Society of Southern California, with its headquarters in Hollywood, was founded in 1930 by Swami Prabhavananda. The society is a branch of the Ramakrishna Order, and maintains subcenters i...
Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama
Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama is a branch of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission involved in providing humanitarian, healthcare, education and relief services to poor and needy through the unive...
Baladeva Vidyabhushana
Baladeva Vidyabhushana (disappeared 1768) was a prominent Gaudiya Vaishnava acharya (religious teacher). He never mentioned his birthplace or anything about his family background. Historians have esti...
Ānanda (Hindu philosophy)
Ānanda (Sanskrit: आनन्द) literally means bliss or happiness. In the Hindu Vedas, Upanishads and Bhagavad gita, ānanda signifies eternal bliss which accompanies the ending of the rebirth cycle. Those w...
Pradhana
Pradhāna (Sanskrit: प्रधान) is an adjective meaning – most important, prime, chief or major. The Shatapatha Brahmana (शतपथ ब्राह्मण) gives its meaning as – 'the chief cause of the material nature' (S....
Chidabhasa
Chidabhasa is the Sanskrit term which means the abhasa or reflection of Ishvara or the Atman, the Universal Self, on or through the mind; ordinarily this term is used to denote the reflected Universal...
Satyakama Jabala
Satyakama Jabala appears in Chapter IV of the Chandogya Upanishad. Wanting to go out in search of a teacher who would guide him in the path of Self-realisation, the goal of mystic life, he had enquir...
Panchakosha
Panchakoshas or the five sheaths, hide within their folds the process of unveiling the Atman. The Tvam ("Thou") padartha of the Mahavakya Tat Tvam Asi is determined by the analysis of Panchakoshas t...
Siddhanta
Siddhānta, a Sanskrit term denoting the established and accepted view of any particular school within Indian philosophy. Literally "settled opinion or doctrine, dogma, axiom, received or admitted trut...
Ānanda Bhaṭṭa
Ānanda Bhaṭṭa was a 16th or 17th century Bengali Shaivaite commentator on Vedanta.He is the author of the Vallalacharita, supposedly written at the behest of the Raja of Nabadvip, Buddhimanta Khan.Ed...
Sanchita karma
In Hinduism, sanchita karma (heaped together) is one of the three kinds of karma. It is the sum of one's past karmas – all actions, good and bad, from one's past lives follow through to the next...
Sister Gargi
Sister Gargi ([sister ɡaːrɡiː]; June 23, 1912 – January 20, 2004), born Marie Louise Burke, was a writer and an eminent researcher on Swami Vivekananda, and a leading literary figure of the Ramakrish...
Vijñāna
Vijñāna (Sanskrit; Devanagari: विज्ञान) or viññāṇa (Pāli; Devanagari: विञ्ञाण) is translated as "consciousness," "life force," "mind," or "discernment."In the Pali Canon's Sutta Pitaka's first four n...
Abhasavada
Abhasavada (Sanskrit: आभासवाद) is the term derived from the word Abhasa meaning mere or fallacious appearance, reflection, looking like, light, semblance of reason, intention. In Hindu philosophy this...
Swami Abhayananda
Abhayananda (born 1842), born Marie Louise, was the first woman initiated into Vivekananda's mission. She was also the first American female and a female Westerner to have become a swami monk.Louise w...
Nigamananda Paramahansa
Swami Nigamananda Paramahansa (18 August 1880— 29 November 1935) (Bengali: স্বামী নিগমানন্দ পরমহংস, Oriya: ସ୍ବାମୀ ନିଗମାନଂଦ ପରମହଂସ, Hindi: स्वामी निगमानंद परमहंस ) was a sadguru, a yogi a...
Swami Prakashananda (Chinmaya Mission)
Swami Prakashananda (Sanskrit: स्वामी प्रकाशानंद:) is the founder and Acharya of Chinmaya Mission of Trinidad and Tobago.Swami Prakashananda was born in California, Trinidad. While studying for a...
Avyakta
Avyakta, meaning "not manifest", "devoid of form" etc., is the word ordinarily used to denote Prakrti on account of subtleness of its nature and is also used to denote Brahman who is the subtlest of a...
Kosha
A Kosha (also Kosa; Sanskrit कोश, IAST: kośa), usually rendered "sheath", one of five coverings of the Atman, or Self according to Vedantic philosophy. They are often visualised as the layers of an on...
Vaishvanara
In Hinduism, Vaishvanara (Sanskrit: वैश्वानर, pronounced [ʋəiɕʋənərə]), meaning "of or related to Visvanara" is an abstract concept related to the soul atman. Etymologically, Vaishvanara is the g...