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Spiritual Vocabulary

In order to obtain liberation (moksha), a human being must realize that one’s true self (Atman) is identical with the transcendent self (Brahman).

Advaita
a Vedantic doctrine that identifies the individual self (atman) with the ground of reality (brahman)
Atman
inner self, soul
true self beyond identification with phenomena
Brahman
the highest Universal Principle, the Ultimate Reality
final cause of all that exists, the unchanging cause of all change, the single binding unity behind the diversity in all that exists in the universe
mahāsamādhi
the act of consciously and intentionally leaving one’s body (death, but not the same as the physical death that occurs for an unenlightened person)
moksha
self-realization, freedom (from samsara)
neti neti
neither this nor that (related to understanding nature of Brahman, whit it is not)
samadhi
a state of intense concentration achieved through meditation
the final stage, at which union with the divine is reached
samsara
cycle of aimless drifting, circuitous existence
samskara
mental impression, psychological imprint, (lending to karmic impulse)
vasana
wishing, desiring
a behavioural tendency or karmic imprint which influences the present behaviour of a person