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The Sanskrit terms Brahman, Brahma, both from a root brh "to grow, increase", are used in various meanings (depending on accent and grammatical gender): The Sanskrit language ( , ) is a classical language of India, a liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, and one of the 22 official languages of India. ... The pitch accent of Vedic Sanskrit is traditionally divided by Sanskrit grammarians into three qualities, udātta raised (acute accent), anudātta not raised (grave accent) and svarita sounded (circumflex). ...


  • Brahman (bráhman, literally "growth", also "pious utterance, prayer", bráhma n.) is the Hindu idea of the formless, transcendental and immanent Divine; the concept is central to Hindu philosophy, especially Vedanta. In a very rare usage the spelling "Brahman" can also denote the three-headed Hindu deity "Brahma", but this is only for purposes of interpretation and it is better not to use this spelling.
  • Brahma (bráhma m.) is the Creator God, one of the trinity: Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheswara (Siva). In a very rare usage the spelling "Brahma" can also denote the formless immanent "Brahman" (see above) as in R.W. Emerson's poem titled "Brahma", but Emerson's spelling only helps to create confusion.
  • Brahma (Buddhism) is a type of Buddhist deity.
  • the Brahman (brahmán, not to be confused with bráhman above) was one of four types of Vedic priests.
  • A Brahmin or Brahman (bráhman) is a person belonging to the Brahmin, the priestly caste among the four varnas.
  • The Brahmanas are important Hindu canonical texts that are part of each of the Vedas

Brahman (Devanagari: ब्रह्म ) in the Vedantic schools of Hindu philosophy, is the signifying name given to the concept of the unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendent reality of all things in this universe. ... Brahma (written Brahmā in IAST) (Devanagari ब्रह्मा, pronounced as ) is the Hindu God (deva) of creation, and one of the Hindu Trinity - Trimurti, the others being Vishnu and Shiva. ... A Brahmā in Buddhism is the generic name for a type of exalted, passionless deity (deva), of which there are a very large number in Buddhist cosmology. ... A replica of an ancient statue found among the ruins of a temple at Sarnath Buddhism is a philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, a prince of the Shakyas, whose lifetime is traditionally given as 566 to 486 BCE. It had subsequently been accepted by... Vedic priesthood, the priests of the Vedic religion, were known as purohita. ... A Brahmin (anglicised from the Sanskrit word IAST ; Devanagari ), also known as Vipra, Dvija, Dvijottama (best of the Dvijas), (god on Earth) is a member of an upper caste within Hindu society. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Brahmana (Sanskrit ब्राह्मण) are part of the Hindu Shruti; They are composed in Vedic Sanskrit, and the period of their composition is sometimes referred to as the Brahmanic period or age (approximately between 900 BC and 500 BC). ...


Location of Madang Province in Papua New Guinea Madang has many of Papua New Guineas highest peaks, its most active volcanos, and its biggest mix of languages (175). ... Location of Madang Province Brahman is a proposed family of languages spoken in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. ... Trans-New Guinea is a family of languages spoken mainly in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. ...

Other uses

  • Brahman (cattle) is a breed of cattle descended from the Bos indicus
  • Brahman (band) is a Japanese indie rock band
  • The Brahminy Kite is a species of bird
  • Boston Brahmin is a term often used to refer to the oldest families in Boston
  • Brahm or Brahms used as a man's surname, is of German origin. This meaning originated as a short form of "Abraham's son"
  • Brahma (beer), a Brazilian brand of beer

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Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Brahman (disambiguation) (300 words)
A Brahmin, spelt "Brahman" in Sanskrit, is a person belonging to the Brahmins, the priestly caste among the four varnas.
Brahman languages are a hypothetical Trans-New Guinea family of languages spoken in Madang Province in Papua New Guinea.
Brahman (cattle) is a breed of cattle descended from the Bos indicus.
Reference Encyclopedia - Brahman (2713 words)
Brahman is regarded as the source and essence of the material universe.
Connected with the ritual of pre-Vedantic Hinduism, Brahman signified the power to grow, the expansive and self-altering process of ritual and sacrifice, often visually realised in the sputtering of flames as they received the all important ghee (clarified butter) and rose in concert with the mantras of the Vedas.
Brahman is considered the all pervading consciousness which is the basis of all the animate and inanimate entities and material.
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