Glossary: The Beginning =) : Sticks of Fire

Glossary: The Beginning =)

Another day, another letter ;)
Baba: A term of affection and respect for a saint or holy man.

Bala: Strength or immunity.

Bandha: Binding, a muscular lock.

Bandha Padmasana:
The bound lotus posture.

Basti: An herbal enema.

Bhagavad-Gîtâ: meaning "Song of God", The epic poem Bhagavad Gita was spoken by Krishna, part of the 2000-year-old Sanskrit epic Mahabharata, is considered by many to be the most important text in the Hindu religion. The poem takes the form of a dialogue in which the god Krishna advises the human hero Prince Arjuna before a great battle. Krishna also talks about Sankhya and Yoga, two of the six orthodox Hindu schools of thought.

Bhagwan: One endowed with spiritual power, righteousness, knowledge, and renunciation. A term and title of great honor.

Bhakt: The path of devotion; an intense love of God. When a man gets it, he loves all, hates none; and becomes satisfied forever.

Bhakti Yoga: The practice of devotional disciplines. It is union through devotion.

Bhastra: Breath control. Hatha Yoga uses eight different kinds of breath control. Bhastra is one of them.

Bhranti Darshana: A delusion.

Bhuja: Arm or shoulder.

Bhujangasana: The cobra posture.

Bikram Yoga: A rigorous form of Yoga performed in a room heated to at least 95 degrees. Each posture in the sequence is designed to safely stretch and open the body, in preparation for the next posture.

Bindi: A mark (usually round and red), worn on the centre of the forehead to show that a woman is married, typically now a days it is worn as makeup.

Bodhi: Enlightenment; the pursuit of pure truth without any attachment. Prince Gautama, the Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree (actually a fig tree), determined to stay there until he experienced supreme enlightenment.

Bodhisattva: A being who has developed the aspiration to attain the state of Buddhahood and devotes his life to the task of achieving it for the sake of all sentient beings.

Brahma: As part of the Hindu Trinity of Vishnu and Shiva, Brahma is the creator of the Universe.

Brahmacharya: Literally means practicing conduct that leads one to God. Mostly it is used to describe self-restraint, especially over sexual desire, the first stage in the fourfold Hindu life cycle.

The opening where kundalini enters the spine.

Brahmanda Prana: Cosmic breath.

Brahmin: A priest or scholar; a member of the most privileged of the four social classes of Hinduism.

Brihaspati: The Hindu Deity of Wisdom; the chief of all the priests.

Buddha: The Awakened One - The honorary title of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism who lived in the sixth century B.C. The name is also given to those who achieve true enlightenment and as a result, inner freedom.

Buddhi: Wisdom, the higher mind or intellect.



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