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The language "Sanskrit" has 52 entries

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Manusmriti (written also as Manusmriti or Manusmruti) is the most important and earliest metrical work of the Dharmaśāstra textual tradition of Hinduism. Generally known in English as the Laws of Manu, it was first translated into English in 1794 by Sir William Jones, an English Orientalist and judge of the British Supreme Court of Judicature in Calcutta.The text presents itself as a discourse given by Manu, the progenitor of mankind to a group of seers, or rishis, who beseech him to tell them the "law of all the social classes" Manu became the standard point of reference for all future Dharmaśāstras that followed it.

According to Hindu tradition, the Manusmriti records the words of Brahma. By attributing the words to supernatural forces, the text takes on an authoritative tone as a statement on Dharma, in opposition to previous texts in the field, which were more scholarly.

Manu Smriti is one of the most heavily criticized of the scriptures of Hinduism, having been attacked by colonial scholars, modern liberals, Hindu reformists, Dalit advocates, feminists, Marxists and certain groups of traditional Hindus, namely Smartas.

However, not all Hindus agree with the criticisms of the text, or the assertion that the Manu Smriti is not authoritative. Some prominent Hindu figures, such as Swami Dayananda Saraswati and A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, hold the text to be authentic and authoritative. Other admirers of the text have included Annie Besant, P.D. Ouspensky, Pandurang Shastri Athavale and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Friedrich Nietzsche is noted to have said "Close the Bible and open the Manu Smriti. “It has an affirmation of life, a triumphing agreeable sensation in life and that to draw up a lawbook such as Manu means to permit oneself to get the upper hand, to become perfection, to be ambitious of the highest art of living.

Some dalit leaders disagree vehemently.

Usage

Friedrich Nietzsche is noted to have said "Close the Bible and open the Manu Smriti. "
Added 2013-11-19 by porkipaya

Root

Sanskrit

Region

All India

Chhe

\chhé\
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Exclamation.
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- that's ridiculous
- what crap!

Usage

Used to express mock or real disgust/exasperation

usage: chhe! apppa?.. vaaaat should we do with youuu appa?
(a rhetorical question)

Delivery tips:-
* strong double aspiration on the chh.. and a short, sharp é as in édward.
** said in mock disgust with a smile, accompanied by a quick open-palmed strike of the forehead, with closed eyes.. then eyes reopening to said smile accompanied by (a) a shrug of the shoulders or (b) 2 or 3 quick side-to-side pendulum-like sways of the chin, followed by a "knowing look". Smile can be sardonic or friendly and, along with body language, conveys desired intent.
*** wearing glasses & sporting a beard optional

Added 2013-07-20 by rajeo

Root

Sanskrit

Region

South India

Related Terms

chhee

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DD

Sandhyavandanam

\Sun-dhyaa-vun-dhanam\
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Regular prayers that have to be done every sunrise and sunset by poonal-potta Brahmins (i.e. Brahmins with Sacred Thread). The threading ceremony is called Upanayanam. The most important part of Sandhyavandanam is the Gayatri Mantra, which is top secret.

Usage

Mother to relatives: We recently put poonal for him. (pointing at son)
Relatives: Sandhyavandanam Pannariya? (Are you doing Sandhyavandanam?)
Added 2013-06-08 by Cooldude

Root

Sanskrit

Region

Tamilnadu

Related Terms

Japam

Manglik

\Maang-lick\
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Sometimes, it's possible to simply be born at the wrong time. Here, one doesn't mean born during the wrong era, though one can wish fervently that Brian Lara could have played in the era of T20 games and minted a fortune, or have competed more with Sachin Tendulkar for cricket glory. No, one means, say, that you were born on July 20, 1982 (Prince William) or November 1, 1973 (Aishwarya Rai). Timings are everything, whether we're talking about gents timings or ladies timings. You see, both Aishwarya Rai and Prince William are mangliks, born in the condition of Mangal Dosha, which is an astrological combination that occurs if Mars is in the 1st,2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th, or 12th house of the Vedic astrology Ascendant chart. Then, gone case only. This has been proved by Vedic Science.

If you are a manglik, the angry astral effects of Mars will, according to Vedic astrology, make you a terrible spouse. You will sow disharmony in your wake. Your husband or wife might die. You yourself are virtually a walking soocide case. But wait! All is not lost. There is a cure.

If you marry a tree first, such as a Peepal tree, and then have it cut, OR marry a matka and then have it broken, the ill effects of your astrally doomed birthday are negated. Or, if you marry another manglik, the negative vibes you both exert on each other will cancel each other out. One doesn't know how this works egjactly, but one supposes that two fiery Martians experience what one can only read about in books (see kamasutra for a brief overview).

So, to summarize: two mangliks in love? Good. One manglik loving a non-manglik? Sadly, this is a formula for lau failure, unless you first find an aboreal roadside romeo, marry your dau off to it, then kill the tree. It's complicated, but what to say? WALTO.

Usage

Dishoom Dishoom: Would you marry Aishwarya Rai, even though she's manglik?
Mainmacha: Mad or what? Of course I would. All you have to do is find a tree...
Dishoom Dishoom: You do realize that she's already married, right? And that I was asking a hypothetical question? And that you continue to be a bachelor? And that your prospects lessen with every passing year?
Mainmacha: Fine, find me the tree.
Added 2013-06-07 by mainmacha

Root

Sanskrit

Region

All India

Related Terms

brahmin, Vedic Science

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Yugadi is the New Year's festival for people of the Deccan Region of India (Karnataka, Maharashtra, AP, Tamil Nadu & Kerala).

It's name comes from the Sanskrit words yuga ("age") + adi ("new"') ie "the beginning of a new age". It's that day of the year when people take a break and say no to work. They get together in welcoming spring. The day begins with everyone wearing new clothes and offering prayers at temples. Bevu Bella (a mix of neem leaves and flowers and jaggery) is prepared and everyone partakes of it - driving home the message that both joy (jaggery) and sorrow (bitter neem) should be taken in the right spirit.

Its a day of institutionalized loafing and TP

Usage

Markiv: Why are you wearing new clothes?
Arjun: Yugadi bugger
Markiv: Ah! new pinch!
Added 2013-04-24 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Sanskrit

Region

South India

Related Terms

bevu bella, Diwali Mela
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Peace.

Usage

Shanti -- that is all we hope for.
Added 2012-08-07 by Mildly Racist

Root

Sanskrit

Region

World
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Phrase. May 9, 2012, Word of the Day
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"Satyameva Jayate": truth shall always prevail. The national motto of India. Now the name of Aamir Khan's path-breaking documentary show being aired on Indian televison. I predict that this show will have staggering numbers of viewers and viewer responses. We might eventually forget where the phrase comes from, believing that it is a TV show title.

Usage

"Have you seen Aamir Khan's opening episode of Satyameva Jayate?"
Added 2012-05-07 by oldathai

Root

Sanskrit

Region

All India

Related Terms

DD, Doordarshan

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arrack

\ahr-rak\
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Definition

A distilled alcoholic drink typically produced in South Asia, generally made from the fermented sap of coconut flowers -- or sugarcane, molasses, etc., depending upon the country of origin. When aged (often known as old arrack), taste is quite comparable to a smooth whiskey.

Usage

I would like an arrack and coke, please.
Added 2012-03-17 by VSOA

Root

Sanskrit

Region

Sri Lanka

Categories

Food and Drink

Related Terms

old arrack, raki, arack, arak

Terms referencing this

shoolay mary, HRD, Bangla, Banglu, Toddy, fenny, sulphata, Desi Daroo

atma

\aaaa-ttthhhh-maaaaa\
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Exclamation.
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Definition

Etymology: Atma is a person. He is a cult figure in Hostel AH-7 a.k.a Aryabhatta at BITS Goa. His Tamil brethren prefer to shout out his name from wherever they are, allowing the walls to transmit the call for him - "Atma" (shouted out)

About:
In its current form, it is used as a call for fraternal bonding in the hostel, and one call in any corner is echoed by not less than 2 other persons. The ritualistic shouting may last for a full 5 minutes, unless otherwise truncated by the person concerned (Atma himself). Care must be taken that quorum of 60% is present before the ritual begins. If this precaution is not followed, another of AH7 cult announcements - Ayyopittam (a harsh high pitched squeal) is shouted in repeated succession to drown the former.

Usage

To be shouted out loud. Must be initiated in a fairly open area.
The long drawn call responded by not less than 2 persons. It can be propagated by anyone else.
inspired by wolves.
Added 2012-02-19 by
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Used interchangeably with "highly".

Derived from, presumably, the sanskrit word for elephant (gaja). Made gaja popular, however, by students in Indian educational institutions of highest order.

Usage

Sundar: Ai Ranjith, do you think we can get an iPhone 3 for less than 10k da?
Ranjith: What? First hand, unlocked aa? Gaja unlikely I think.

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Suresh: Dai, hero, what are your chances with that new Nalini girl machaan?

Raju: That first year hottie aa? Gaja slim da. She is not even giving me one look.

Added 2012-02-07 by likethiswonly

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Sanskrit

Region

All India
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