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Dictionary of common Sanskrit spiritual words
tAdAtmya - uttara mImAMsA

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Note that words appear in order of the Roman alphabet, not the Sanskrit alphabet.

English ITRANS Sanskrit Meaning
tadatmya tAdAtmya tadaTMy sameness, identity of nature or character.
taijasa taijasa tEjs the individual "dreamer ego" in the dream state of consciousness, svapna. See also visva, prajna.
Taittiriya taittirIya tEiÄrIy one of the principal Upanishads. (taittirIya was one of the schools of the Yajur Veda.)
tamas tamas tms! the "lowest" of the three guna. Associated with matter and carrying characteristics such as inertia, laziness, heedlessness and death. It literally means "darkness" or "gloom." Adjective - tamasic (Eng.); tAmasa or tAmasika (Sansk.). See guna.
tanmatra tanmAtra tNmaÇ subtle element, of which there are five: shabda (sound, speech), sparsha (touch), rUpa (form), rasa (taste) and gandha (smell). (The gross elements are the mahAbhUta-s: ether, air, fire, water and earth.)
tantra tantra main or essential point. (Also doctrine or theory and the body of scriptures relating to attaining mystical union with the divine through meditation.)
tapas tapas tps! austerity, living a simple life without comforts. One of the five niyama-s in Raja yoga.
tarka tarka tkR reasoning, speculation, philosophical system or doctrine.
tarkika tArkika taikRk (adj. from tarka) related to or belonging to logic; (noun, less common) logician or philosopher.
tarpana tarpaNa tpR[ satiating, refreshing, process of pleasing (esp. of gods via appropriate ceremony).
tatastha taTastha tqSw a property distinct from the nature of the body and yet that by which it is known. An example would be telling someone that the house they are referring to in the street ahead is the one with the crow on the chimney. The house is what the listener is interested in but the crow is a taTastha lakShaNa, i.e. that by which it is known.
tatratatra tatratatra tÇtÇ everywhere (tatra on its own means 'there, in that place, thither, on that occasion).
tejas tejas tejs! fire (or light) - one of the five elements or pa~nchabhUta. Associated with sight.
tikka TIkA qIka commentary, esp on another commentary, e.g. that by Anandagiri on Shankara's commentary on Gaudapada's kArikA.
tikshna tIkShNa tIú[ sharp (of the intellect - buddhi).
titiksha titikShA itit]a forbearance or patience; one of the "six qualities" that form part of Shankara's chatuShTaya sampatti. See chatushtaya sampatti, shamadi shatka sampatti.
trikala trikAla iÇkal the three times or tenses (past, present and future).
trikalatita trikAlAtIta iÇkalatIt that which transcends past, present and future (describing the Self).
tripti tRRipti t&iÝ contentment, satisfaction.
triputi tripuTI iÇpuqI threefold (noun) used of knower-known-act of knowing, seer-seen-act of seeing etc; (tripuTa is the adjective)
tritiya tRRitIya t&tIy third.
tucha tuchCha tuCD empty, vain, trifling, little; also used in the sense of 'totally unreal', c.f. prAtibhAsika.
turiya turIya turIy literally the "fourth" [state of consciousness]. It refers to the non-dual reality, the background against which the other states (waking, dream and deep sleep) arise. It is our true nature. The other three states are mithyA. (If defined merely as the highest "state" then Ramana Maharshi calls our true nature 'turiyatita' but this word is not encountered in the scriptures.)
tyaga tyAga Tyag renunciation.
ubhaya ubhaya %Éy literally both, in both ways, of both kinds; having intermediary status.
uchita uchita %ict sufficient, required. As in uchita desha kAla - (every object requires a certain amount of space and duration for it to be 'real' ).
udaharana udAharaNa %dahr[ example, instance, illustration.
udana udAna %dan one of the five "vital airs," associated with the throat. More generally relates to the understanding that has been gained from past experience.
upadana upAdAna %padan literally "the act of taking for oneself"; used to refer to the "material cause" in logic (upAdAna karaNa).
upadesha upadesha %pdez instruction or teaching.
Upadesha Sahasri upadesha sAhasrI %pdez sahöI "A Thousand Teachings" - book attributed to Shankara (with more certainty than most). sAhasrika means "consisting of a thousand."
upadhi upAdhi %paix Literally, this means something that is put in place of another thing; a substitute, phantom or disguise. In Vedanta, it is commonly referred to as a "limitation" or "limiting adjunct" i.e. one of the "identifications" made by ahaMkAra that prevents us from realizing the Self.
upahita upahita %piht depending upon; connected with.
upamana upamAna %pman comparison, resemblance, analogy.
upanishad upaniShad %pin;d one of the (108+) books forming part (usually the end) of one of the four Vedas. The parts of the word mean: to sit (Shad) near a master (upa) at his feet (ni), so that the idea is that we sit at the feet of a master to listen to his words. Monier-Williams (Ref. 5) states that, "according to native authorities, upanishad means "setting at rest ignorance by revealing the knowledge of the supreme spirit." See Vedanta.
uparama or uparati uparama or uparati %prm %prit desisting from sensual enjoyment; "revelling" in that which is "near" i.e. one's own Self; also translated as following one's dharma or duty; one of the "six qualities" that form part of Shankara's chatushtaya sampatti. See chatushtaya sampatti, shamadi shatka sampatti.
upasaka upAsaka %pask worshipper, follower, seeker.
upasana upAsana %pasn worship, homage, waiting upon; literally the act of sitting or being near to; sometimes used in the sense of "meditation."
upashama upashama %pzm cessation, stopping, becoming quiet. [prapa~nchopashamam in the Ma. U.]
upaya upAya %pay another term for "path" (see marga) - that by which one reaches one's aim, a means or expedient, way.
ushman UShman ^:mn! The Sanskrit term for the sibilants, sh, Sh and s, together with h. The word itself literally means "heat, steam or vapour."
utkarsha utkarSha %Tk;R superior, eminent.
uttama uttama %Äm uppermost, excellent, highest.
Uttara Mimamsa uttara mImAMsA %Är mIma<sa the Vedanta philosophy, based on the latter (uttara) part of the Vedas rather than the earlier (pUrva). Its founder was Badarayana, who authored the Brahmasutras. There are three main schools within this - dvaita, advaita and vishiShTAdvaita. See Brahmasutras, mimamsa, purvamimamsa, veda.
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