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Glossary: here the words are collected that in the
Vahinis at this site are explained by Sai Baba, complemented with
glossaries from Bhagavad Gîtâ and S'rîmad
Mohana: Krishna as the Personification of Captivating Charm. (BV-31)
- Mâdhava: 'the sweet Lord'; God, the Lord
of the Universe (BV-31), God (BV-42) The Lord of Laksmi, another name for Krishna.
- Madhu: One of the demons born from the ear-wax of
Vishnu; brother of Kaitabha and father of Lavana.
sweet in memory (SSS-III)
'Honor of Wealth', King Indra (SB, C6:7-23)
Mahâbhârata: Epic of the battle
of the aristocrats in the Vedic culture during the pastimes of Krishna,
out of which the Gîtâ has been taken.
The facet of Power as anger, vengeance, adventure, audacity, the thamasic nature (SSS-III)
The facet of Power as wealth, authority, imperium, prosperity, the rajasic nature (SSS-III)
big journey; religious mendicancy, (BV-14), (Bhagavatha Vahini).
- Mahâprabhu: Great Master, name of Lord
The great seer, the soul. (BV-33)
- Maharatha: A warrior capable of contending
with ten thousand other warriors.
- Mahasamadhi: (1) the conscious
departure from the physical body of a realized soul but also (2) the
shrine where the physical body is buried.
Power as self-control, vision, value, validity, knowledge, keenness,
discipline, justice, aspiration, adoration, the sathwic nature (SSS-III)
- Mahasivarathri: A holy day dedicated to
the Worship of Siva (SSS-II) The Linga is a 'mark' or
'symbol' representing the merging of the particular in the universal,
the dissolution of the mind (with its agitations, aspirations and
accomplishments that attach and adhere) in the Atma-awareness. The wise
realize that the mind and the vast phantasmagoria that it weaves are
all subsumed in the Linga, in the beginningless endless ocean of
A name for prince Vardhamana, the founder of
Jainism, which means: great hero. He is also called Jina and Siddha
- Mahâyuga: Period of four yuga's, called:
Satya, Tretâ, Dvâpara, Kali, together lasting 4.32 million
years or 1/1000 day of Brahmâ.
'the great Indra' (SB C6:7-40)
- Maheswara: A name for Visnu and Shiva, which
means: Supreme God (SSS-II)
- Mahima's: Miracles, glories (of Baba); an
a manifestation of divine glory.(SSS-II) (SSS-III).
The guard in monkey form of the city of Ahi-ravana in Patala at the Nether Regions (RRV2-9)
Sankranthi: the day of the tropic of Capricorn, when the divine
half of the year begins, with the northward movement of the sun in the
northern hemisphere. (SSS-III)
Contamination (RRV-6b). Mala is the dirt of vice,
wickedness and looseness. (SSS-III)
Arjuna means white, pure, without blemish; mallika
means the spotlessly white jasmine flower. So, Mallikarjuna is Siva of
the snowy peak Kailasa; pure, cool, resplendent with the sacred ash
spread all over. (SSS-II)
An old and revered Minister of Ravana (RRV2-6b)
manushyanam karanam bandha mokshayoh': The mind which welcomes
the delusion or which entertains the idea of the Reality is therefore
the instrument, for both bondage and liberation (Statement of the Sruthi) (BV-42).
- Manana: Meditation on the inner meaning. (RRV-2)
- Manas(a): The spirit or the thinking, which can
be liberated through a mantra.
Putra: Nârada Muni, "mental son" of Brahma. (RRV-2)
- Manasa-sanchara: Mental trip (SSS-III)
- Manasa-sarovaram: The Lake of your
Inner Consciousness, the Lake of your mind, (BV-1),(RRV-1), (RRV-6b).
Wife of Bharatha, Daughter of Kusadhwaja (brother of Maharaja Janaka) (RRV-7d).
- Mandodari: Name of the Queen of King Ravana, (mother of Meghanada) ruler of Lanka (RRV2-6b).
Day: The day (a Tuesday) when Hanuman brought the good news to
Sita of Rama's victory over Ravana; the day that brought
Mangala or auspiciousness and joy. A day to be held sacred, more than
the other days of the week, to adore Hanuman specially on this
day, the bringer of the good news. (RRV2-10)
Auspicious thread worn by married women (SSS-IV)
Married status; Draupadi prayed for it when Durvasa visited her with
his disciples. (BV-22)
promoting the happiness and welfare of mankind (SSS-III)
- Manmatha: God of Love (RRV-6b) (RRV2-12a)
overpowering the mind and turning it to truth,
beauty and goodness. (SSS-III)
Recitation of the Name of God with full vigilance of thought, feeling
and utterance. (BV-31)
- Mantap: A commemorative structure (RRV2-13a)
- Mathanga (Rshi): He predicted the arrival of
Rama in the forest to Sabari, (RRV2-3b), sage, it is he who cursed Vali (RRV2-4a)
- Manthara: Maid servant who convinced
have Rama exiled and make Bharatha king (RRV-10a).
- Mantra: Mystic formulae; chanting the holy
names of God (RRV-6b) meditation on a meaningful
mystic formula (SSS-III)
- Manu: impersonation of Krishna as the ruler,
father and legislator of humanity. There are fourteen of them for each
day of Brahmâ or kalpa 308.6 millions of years ruling. Present
Manu, the seventh: Srâddhadeva (also called Vaivasvata see
- Writer of the Manu-samhitâ.
- The first earthly creature created from Brahmâ
- The fourteen Manu's appearing in one day of Brahmâ are: (1)
Svâyambhuva, (2) Svârocisa, (3) Uttama, (4) Tâmasa,
(5) Raivata, (6) Câksusa, (7) Vaivasvata, (8) Sâvarni, (9)
Daksa-sâvarni, (10) Brahma-sâvarni, (11)
Dharma-sâvarni, (12) Rudra-sâvarni, (13) Deva-sâvarni
and (14) Indra-sâvarni.
One Body was transformed into two and therefore, where there was one
Will formerly, two appeared, one which attracted and the other which
was drawn towards creation, the feminine and the masculine. Since the
one attracted in a hundred distinct ways it was called, Satharupa
(hundred-facetted) and Beloved of Brahma (Brahmapriya). The other was
named, Manu (BV-30), (RRV-10a).
- Manvantharas: The Eras of Manu. (BV-32), the Chronology of Manu, the story of the Manus
their lineage; one of the ten characteristics of the Purana's. (BV-34)
- Markandeya: The story of Markandeya, who
defied death and won immortality as a star in space (SSS-II) Markandeya: As a boy, he knew all
the Vedas and Sastras; at 16, he started meditating on Shiva so
steadfastly that the day of his death passed him by, and he remained 16
for the next 10 million years.
- Maruthas: Wind-Gods (RRV-7b).
bhava: Treat the mother as God (RRV-5)
- Mathr devo bhava, Pithr devo bhava: 'Let
mother be your God' and 'Let the father be your God' (RRV-11b). (SSS-II)
- Mathura: The city where Krishna killed Kamsa,
His original city of residence after Vrindâvana.
- Maya: The tangle of ignorance, the veil of
illusion, (BV-1), (RRV-1), power to delude, (RRV-4) delusion, (BV-32) the Deluding Urge, the
mother of all the worlds, (BV-33), taking the appearance as
- Avidyamaya: The Maya named Avidya is very vicious;
she causes boundless misery. Those drawn by it will sink into the
depths of flux, the eternal tangle of joy and grief (RRV2-2).
- Vidyamaya: The Maya known as Vidya has created the
Cosmos, under the prompting of the Lord. For, she has no innate force
of her own. Only while in the Presence of the Lord can she create the
three-stranded Cosmos (Prapancha) (RRV2-2).
Anandame Na Aharam: "Your Ananda is what sustains Me" (SSS-III)
- Meghanada: A general of Ravana, endowed with
the power of adopting any form he likes (RRV2-6b)
- Meru: the central, transcendental, mountain, the
highest mountain where Lord Brahmâ resides. It lies in Ilavrta-varsa, the central area. Must be
conceived holistically as the center of the spiritual and material
world; thus, both as galactically as the center of the Milky Way, and
spiritually as the highest goal attainable in contemplation and
- Mind: "When the mirror of the mind is soiled, it
cannot perceive anything in its true state. This is the reason why man
is unable to recognise his own true nature. Hence it is necessary to
cleanse the mirror of impurities on it. How is this to be done? By
regulating one's food and recreational habits. It is important to
ensure that the food that is eaten is obtained by righteous means. Many
of the ills which people suffer today are due to the fact that the
things they consume have been got by unrighteous means. So to purify
your mind the first prerequisite is pure food. But it may not always be
possible to ensure purity in every meal, in every respect and at all
times. To overcome this difficulty, make an offering of your meal to
God and accept it as a gift from God. Before eating, when food is
offered to God, it becomes Prasada (gift from God). All impurities in
the food are thereby removed. This helps the process of cleansing the
mind. This practice must be kept up continuously." - – Bhagavan Sri
Sathya Sai Baba. Divine Discourse, May 25, 1990.
- Mithila: Kingdom of Emperor Janaka, father of
- Mithya: So too, the world is a dream, unreal,
illusory. It is Mithya. (RRV-14). Mixture of truth and
falsehood; neither true nor untrue, but something in between. The world
is not untrue a-sat (false, unreal, non-existent, bad) but mithya. (SSS-IV)
- Moha: Delusion caused by false identification,
infatuation. (BV-32) (GV-2)
- Mohana: Charming, ecstacy; another name for Rama
- Moksha: Ultimate release (BV-10), liberation from the cycle
of birth and dead, (BV-33), Liberation; one of the Four
Goals of Human Life together with Dharma, Artha, Kama (Righteousness,
Welfare and Endeavour) (RRV-5), (BV-36).
- Mridanga: A drum made of clay or synthetic
material, playable on two sides, used often during kîrtana.
- (Hasta) Mudhras: Hand-gestures.
Seven Mudhras of Sathya Sai Baba:
1. First is the Abhaya Mudhra.
It is the gesture of the raised right hand allaying fear and assuring
protection to the devotees.
2. Second is the Varadha Mudhra. It is
the downward pointed right palm bestowing gifts and boons to the
3. Third is the Anugraha Mudhra. It is
the gesture of raising both hands indicating blessings for the progress
and welfare of the mass of devotees. It may also be called 'Yoga Kshema
4. Fourth is the Srujana Mudhra. It is
the gesture of the circular waving of the right palm pointed downwards
for materialising spiritually charged articles (e.g. sacred ash).
5. Fifth is the Thirodhana Mudhra. It
is the gesture of circling the right palm in an outward direction
driving away impurities or negativity in the surroundings.
Alternatively, it may imply the dematerialization of articles created.
6. Sixth is the Shakthipatha
Mudhra. It is the gesture of placing the right palm on top of the head
of a devotee for the descent or activation of his spiritual energy.
7. Seventh is the Tharjani Mudhra. It
is the gesture of writing in the air with the index finger, or holding
up the hand with fingers extended. This may indicate communication with
extra terrestrial forces. The significance of these mudhras is that
they are for the welfare of the devotees. The descent of an Avathar is
always for the enhancement of the spiritual life of people and for the
promotion of the practice of Dharma (right conduct).
A period of a few minutes [about an hour, edit.]. (BV-31)
- Mukthi: It means the liberation of man, from
the bonds of Ignorance, Ajnana, which keep him encased; one of the ten
characteristics of the Purana's (BV-34), freedom from bondage (BV-39).
- Mukunda: The Lord of Liberation, Krishna, Who grants liberation.
The son of an ascetic. (BV-29)
Idol of Krishna with His flute (murali) (SSS-II)