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Sanskrit Words beginning with N

Glossary of Hindu Terms with Meanings

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Nada:

sound current of the subtle body

Nadis:

nerves of the subtle body

Namaskar/Namaste:

'I bow to you', the greeting which acknowledges the atman  in another person

Nataraj:

Shiva as lord of the cosmic dance

Navaratri:

a nine-day Hindu festival devoted to the goddess Durga

Neti Neti:

literally 'not this, not this', the expression used to denote that Brahman is beyond all dualities and human thought

Nirakara:

'without form', referring to Brahman as Unmanifest

Nirguna:

'without gunas', without qualities, referring to Brahman as Unmanifest

Nirvana:

liberation, the state of peace

Nitya:

'obligatory', referring to aspects of religious practice.

Niyamas:

yogic observances

Nyaya & Vaisheshika:

Hindu philosophies

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