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Advaita Tweet Definition of Advaita Like Definition of Advaita on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The principal philosophical tradition of Hinduism referring to non-dualism.
ahimsa Tweet Definition of ahimsa Like Definition of ahimsa on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, ahinsa)
  1. A doctrine, in Hinduism and Buddhism, that believes in the sacredness of all living things and tries to avoid causing harm to them.
Ahriman Tweet Definition of Ahriman Like Definition of Ahriman on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The spirit of evil in Zoroastrianism, often conceived as the arch-rival of Ormazd (Ahura Mazda).
Allah Tweet Definition of Allah Like Definition of Allah on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The deity of Islam.
amen Tweet Definition of amen Like Definition of amen on Facebook
noun
  1. An instance of saying "amen".
  2. A title of Christ; the Faithful One (especially with reference to Revelation 3:14)
  • 1611, And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God " Revelation 3:14, KJV
    Persian: آمین
adverb
  1. At the end of prayers: so be it.
  • 1662, Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. " Book of Common Prayer
  • Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the congregation said, Amen, and praised the Lord. And the people did according to this promise. — Nehemiah 5:13, KJV
  • Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen. — Psalm 72:18-19, KJV
    1. At the end of a creeds or in Biblical translations: truly, verily.
    Amen, amen, I say to thee, except a man be born again, he can not see the kingdom of God. " John ii. 3. Rhemish Translation
    anatta Tweet Definition of anatta Like Definition of anatta on Facebook
    noun
    1. A Pali term, used in Buddhism, referring to the idea that there is no separate self or soul (From anatman; no soul)
    angel of death Tweet Definition of angel of death Like Definition of angel of death on Facebook
    noun
    1. Azrael.
    2. A personification of death.
    Apophis Tweet Definition of Apophis Like Definition of Apophis on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. (mythology) The Greek name for the Egyptian mythological figure. The Egyptian name is w:Apep, Apep.
    2. (astronomy) A near-earth asteroid designated with the permanent number 99942. There is a Wikipedia article on W:99942 Apophis, 99942 Apophis.
    arhat Tweet Definition of arhat Like Definition of arhat on Facebook
    noun
    1. In Buddhism, one who has attained enlightenment; a Buddhist saint.
      • 1954: Over and against the , retreating from appearances into an entirely transcendental Nirvana, stands the Bodhisattva, for whom Suchness and the world of contingencies are one " Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception (Chatto & Windus 1954, p. 32)
    Arjuna Tweet Definition of Arjuna Like Definition of Arjuna on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. A male given name, popular in India.
    2. A hero of the Mahabharata, a Hindu Epic.
    Asha Tweet Definition of Asha Like Definition of Asha on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. (given name, female, from Arabic, ) A female given name, meaning hope or wish in Arabic
    avatar Tweet Definition of avatar Like Definition of avatar on Facebook
    noun
    1. The physical embodiment of an idea or concept; a personification.
    2. (computing) A digital representation of a person or being.
    3. (context, hinduism) The earthly incarnation of a deity, particularly Vishnu.
    Avesta Tweet Definition of Avesta Like Definition of Avesta on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. The Zoroastrian scriptures.
    ayatollah Tweet Definition of ayatollah Like Definition of ayatollah on Facebook
    noun
    1. A religious leader in Iranian Shi'ite Islam; a member of the 'ulama
    azan Tweet Definition of azan Like Definition of azan on Facebook
    noun
    1. (Islam) The call to prayer.

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