Glossary: Another Day : Sticks of Fire

Glossary: Another Day

The D-day =)
Dahl: A small lentil.

Dakshina: An offering or gift to God or the Guru. Traditionally, when one seeks the teachings or blessings of a saint, one brings an offering; this act of giving invites grace. The practice of giving dakshina is an expression of gratitude and love for what has been received on the spiritual path.

Dalit: A person outside the class system of Hinduism who was formerly termed as Untouchable.

Dandayamana-Dhanurasana: Standing bow pulling posture, This posture frims the abdominal wall and upper thighs, and tightens upper arms, hips and buttocks.

Darshama: A visit to a great person, viewpoint or vision.

Darshana: Visionary states or insight experienced during or after meditation. Literally "vision" or "sight".

Daya: Compassion for all creatures.

Deva: Male deity; literally 'shining one'.

Devi: Female deity.

Dharma: A term of many meanings, including "law", "virtue", and "righteousness". In general, dharma means the religious discipline for the four orders of life: maintaining celibacy and studying, family life, a devout and renounced life (but living with the spouse), and total renunciation for God realization.

Dharana: Concentration. The sixth limb of the Ashtanga or Raja Yoga system.

Dharma Sastra: Law Books forming part of the scriptures of Hinduism.

Dhatu: One of seven divisions of the body, it correlates with the modern scientific concept of "tissue".

Dhi: The mind's ability to learn or acquire knowledge.

Dhriti: The mind's ability to process and store what it has learned.

Dhyana: Meditation. The seventh limb of the Ashtanga or Raja Yoga system.

Dirgha Svasam: A comprehensive breathing technique in yoga.

Doshas: Three governing principles in nature that guide the functioning of the mind and body.

Dravidians: The oldest known inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent. Archeological remains of their civilization have been found in the Indus River Valley dating back to 2700 BCE. In some areas, the Dravidians were conquered by the Aryans when they migrated from the West around 1500 BC.

Durga: One of the wives of Shiva. She is the goddess of retribution and justice. She is both beautiful and fierce, and usually appears with eight arms carrying weapons and riding upon a tiger or a lion.



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