Symbols of the world's religions


The Master's Glossary

Edition One

Frank Davis


naan (also nan): Indian pita bread. (EBF)

An ovenbaked Indian flat bread made from white flour; a Muslim specialty. (I)

naaz: A caprice, whim of a beloved or of the Divine Beloved. (N6)

nad: Sound. The celestial music. The original WORD. -Vedanta. (1a)

nafs: The self; the false ego. -Sufi. (1a)

nafs-e-ammara: The lustful self. The consciousness of the gross world or sphere. -Sufi. (1a)

nafs-e-lawaama: The reproachful self. The consciousness of the subtle sphere. -Sufi. (1a)

nafs-e-mulhima: The inspired self. The consciousness of the soul on the sixth plane. -Sufi. (1a)

nafs-e-mutmainna: The beatified self. The consciousness of the soul on the fifth plane. -Sufi. (1a)

najat: Liberation. -Sufi. Vedanta: ordinary mukti, q.v. (1a)

See Liberation; Moksha; Mukti. (1b)

namaskar: Adoration or greeting. A salutation, bow, or obeisance. (N2) -Hindi (Du)

A salutation, with the palms joined together. (N5)

The placing of one’s palms together as a sign of respect or greeting. (N6)

nanga (also naga): Naked. (N4)

Narayan Maharaj: In April 1915, Meher Baba met the Perfect Master Narayan Maharaj in Khedgaon. (AJ)

Nariman: Nariman was a prominent philanthropist from Bombay. He was known throughout India for his philanthropic works. (Ka 2273 )

Nasik: On the banks of the Godavri River, this city is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus who come to bathe in its waters. More than two thousand temples may be found in the area. Nasik was the site of Meher Baba’s first ashram for Western disciples in 1936-37. (A location within Maharashtra State. -Ed.) (EBF)

nastik: Atheist. -Vedanta. Sufi: mulhid. (1a)

Navjote: Confirmation ceremony for Zoroastrian children, during which they are first given a sadra and kusti to wear. (Da)

The Parsi ceremony at which the sacred thread (kusti, q.v.) is tied about a young boy’s waist. -Zoroastrian (Avestan). (Du)

Nawab: A title of a Muslim prince. (I)

The title of a Muslim prince. (N2)

nazar: The Master’s protective glance. -Arabic. (Du)

To see. The protective watch of a Master over His disciples. (AJ)(Gr)

Literally, sight. The Master’s protective glance or watch. (N2) ...or gaze. (N3)

Literally, glance. A glance of protective grace. (N4)

neem tree: The margosa. A large East Indian tree (Melia azadirachta) whose trunk exudes a tenacious gum, and which has a bitter bark used as a tonic. Its fruit and seeds yield a medicinal aromatic oil. -Hindi. (Du)

A drought-resistant evergreen tree, common in India, the leaves and bark of which are noted for their medicinal qualities. (I)

neti neti: literally: not-this, not-this; the principal of negation. –Vedanta. (1b)

New Life: A phase of Meher Baba’s life and work from 1949 to 1952. (AJ)

Meher Baba’s New Life is eternal, it is a life of companionship with Him as the companion. Sometimes the term is used to refer to the wandering phase of His New Life. (Gr)

New Life Caravan: This blue wooden caravan was used for a short time as a sleeping compartment by the women on the New Life. Today it is used as a resting room for visitors. The front window has been replaced by a stained glass portrait of Meher Baba, created by Karen Kaye. (Part of Meherazad, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.)(EBF)

night watch: See watch. –Ed.

Nijinsky, Vaslav: Vaslav Nijinsky (1890–1950) was the leading dancer of the Russian ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev (1872–1929). Nijinsky initiated many of the great ballet roles – Petrouchka, Afternoon of the Faun (1912), and Sacre du Printemps (1913). Although considered the greatest European male dancer of the twentieth century, his career was tragically cut short by insanity at the prime of his life. In 1919, at age twenty-nine Nijinsky retired severely troubled by mental instability, diagnosed as schizophrenia. Nijinsky spent the next thirty-one years of his life in and out of mental institutions. It was rumored that he was mast-like and that is why certain people connected with Baba were aware of him.

Nijinsky was a phenomenal master of technique, he had tremendous elevation, achieved without visible preparation. He possessed the uncanny ability to transform himself so thoroughly on stage that he became the role he danced. His combination of virtuosity and acting ability, allied with his innate sense of style, contributed to his legendary reputation. His only rival dance genius of the time was Uday Shankar of India (the older brother of Ravi Shankar), whom Baba had met. (Ka 2208 )

nimaz: Prayer. (N2) -Arabic. (Du)

A prayer. (N5)

nirakar: Without form. -Vedanta. Sufi: la surat. (1a)

nirguna: Attributeless. -Vedanta. Sufi: la sifat. (1a)

Nirvana (also Nirvan): The first stage of the Real fana. In some cases it is followed immediately by the second stage, the fana-fillah. -Vedanta. (1a) q.v. -Sanskrit. (Du)

Total and final absorption in divinity (God); annihilation of the mind (self); the Absolute Vacuum state; the first stage of the final Fana. (1b)

The first stage of the final annihilation of limited mind and self; the experience that precedes Realization. (C)

Baba was referring to the state of Nirvan; in Sufism this divine state of annihilation or vacuum is called fana-fillah. (Ka 2187 )

The stage of the real Fana after the annihilation of Mind (self). (N4)

The first stage of the final fana; the absolute vacuum state. (N6)

nirvikalpa samadhi: See: samadhi. (1a)

Divinity in expression; the experience of the "I am God" state of the Perfect Ones. -Vedanta. (1b)

The "I am God" state of the Perfect One. Divinity in expression. (N2) Fana-fillah, q.v. -Sanskrit. (Du)

(see also fana-fillah. Ed.)

Nirvikalpa state: The "I am God" state of the Perfect Ones. See also Realization. -Vedanta. Sufi: Fana-Fillah. (1b)

niyaz: Literally, prayer, supplication. In a general sense, the response to the beloved’s naaz. (N6)

Nothing, the: The infinite shadow of God, Who is the Everything. (1a)

The infinite shadow of the Everything (God). (1b)

nullah: A watercourse that is often dry. A gully or ravine. -Hindi. (Du)

A rivulet which is sometimes completely dry. (N4)

A gully. (N6)

nuqush-e-amal: Literally, the impressions of actions. -Sufi. Vedanta: sanskaras, q.v. (1a)

See sanskaras. (1b)

nur: Effulgence. (plural: anwar) -Sufi. (1a) (see also tej. -Ed.)

nur-e-Muhammadi: The light of which God first became aware as a consequence of the desire (the Whim) to know Himself. -Sufi. (1a)


Oberholzer, Freida: Two other women from Switzerland, named Alice Sheitlin and Freida Oberholzer, had been invited to India by Meher Baba but they were unable to come. However, there is no recorded account of their personal contact with Baba in Europe. (Ka 2294 )

obsession: The intrusion of a disincarnate spirit on the thoughts and actions of a vulnerable person. (C)

occult: Beyond the range of ordinary experience; hidden, concealed, not revealed; psychic, supernatural. (1b)

occult experiences / powers: Experiences and powers that occur in the gross and semisubtle spheres, including the astral world. On the first three planes of consciousness (q.v.), the occult powers are known as mystic powers. The powers of the fourth plane are the divine, almighty powers of God. See also siddhis. (For further information see God Speaks) (1b)

occultism: Occult theory or practice; belief in or study of the study of the action or influence of occult or supernatural powers and forces. (1b)

occultism as an art: Applied occultism; the use of occult powers, especially for spiritual purposes. (1b)

occultism as a science: The study of occult phenomena. (1b)

Old building: This is one of the earliest buildings at Meherabad. Built in 1925, it was used as a meeting hall and hostel for visitors. Today it is used for visitors’ accommodations. (part of Lower Meherabad, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.) (EBF)

Om Point (also Om): God. Also, the first Word, the primal sound at the beginning of the Beginning of Creation. See also, nad. -Vedanta. (1a)

Creation Point; the point from which all creation springs. (Om: the primal, oceanic sound at the beginning of creation; the sacred syllable. Pronounced: om. Variation: Aum.) -Vedanta. (1b)

(Om Point) The Creation Point. The point from which the universe emanates. -Sanskrit, English. (Du)

oodi: The ashes from Meher Baba’s dhuni, q.v. -Hindi. (Du)

Oversoul (also Over-Soul): The supreme, universal Soul; Almighty God. See also under Ahuramazda; Allah; Yezdan. Vedanta: Paramatma. (1b)


pachadi: A South Indian dish, chutney. (N6)

Padri: See Driver, Padri Feredoon. -Ed.

pahad: A hill. (N2)

pahra: Watch duty (generally at night). (N4)

paise: One hundredth of a rupee. (N4)

pan (also paan): Beetle leaf chewed in India as a digestive. (AJ)

Betel nut and spices. (EBF)

Betel leaves. (N2)

A masticatory containing a few spices wrapped in a betel leaf. (N4)

Panchgani: Another hilly area near Mahabaleshwar containing the famous Tiger Valley cave where Meher Baba spent time in seclusion. (A location within Maharashtra State. -Ed.) (EBF)

Panchgani Cave: In April 1927 Baba instructed His disciples to dig a cave fifteen feet deep. The cave was dug on a spot selected by Baba overlooking the Tiger Valley, at nearly 6,000 feet. (AJ)

pandal: A shelter erected on upright poles supporting a roof of bamboo matting or cotton cloth. A large, open-sided temporary pavilion used for meetings. (N2) -Tamil. (Du)

A large temporary pavilion, erected on upright poles with roof of cotton cloth and open sides. (L)

An awning. (N6)

pani: Water. (EBF)

papadam (also pappadam): Single-layer fried crisp or cracker. (EBF)

A crispy snack. (N6)

para-bhakti: Divine love. -Vedanta. (1b)

Parabrahma: Supreme Spirit; God in the Beyond Beyond state (q.v. in God Speaks). -Vedanta. (1b)

The Supreme Spirit. God in the Beyond, Beyond State. (Gr)(N5) -Sanskrit. (Du)

paramananda: The bliss of God, brahmananda. -Sanskrit. (Du)

Paramatma (also Paramatman): Almighty God. -Vedanta. Sufi: Allah. Zoroastrian: Ahuramazda, Yezdan. (1a)

The Oversoul (q.v.); the supreme, universal Soul; Almighty God. -Vedanta. (1b)

Almighty God, the Oversoul, God in the Beyond State. (N5) -Sanskrit. (Du)

Parameshwar: Almighty God. -Vedanta. (1b)

The Supreme Lord, Supreme Being, God. -Sanskrit. (Du)

Paramhansa (also Paramahansas): A Perfect One, who is sometimes "drowned" in God, in which case he is called a Majzoob-Salik; and sometimes also conscious of Creation, in which case he is called a Salik-Majzoob. -Vedanta. (1a)

(singular: Paramhansa): Perfect Ones who are totally absorbed in God (called Majzoob-Saliks) and at other times conscious of creation (called Salik-Majzoobs). -Vedanta. Sufi: Majzoob-Saliks; Salik-Majzoobs. (1b)

Param Mukta: See: Mukta. (1a)

See Perfect Master. (1b)

param mukti: See: mukti. (1a)

See under Mukti. (1b)

paratha: Deep-fried bread. (EBF)

Paratpar Parabrahma: The Beyond-Beyond (first) state of God. -Vedanta. Sufi: Wara-ul-Wara, Ghaib-ul-Ghaib. (1a)

parivar: Family. (AJ)

Parsi Fire Temple: Place of worship for Zoroastrians. (I)

(see also Agiary. -Ed.)

Parsis: Descendant of Persian Zoroastrians who emigrated from Persia (now Iran) to India many centuries ago to avoid religious persecution (see also "Iranis"). (I)

parwana: A moth. (N6)

Parvardigar: The Preserver or Sustainer. -Sufi. Vedanta: Vishnu. (1a)

God as the Preserver and Sustainer. -Sufi. Vedanta: Vishnu. (1b)

Vishnu. The Preserver (in the Hindu trinity Creator-Preserver-Destroyer). The Sustainer. -Persian. (Du)

The Sustainer (Vishnu). (Gr)(N5)

Parvardigar Prayer (also The Master’s Prayer): A prayer dictated by Meher Baba at Dehra Dun in August, 1953. (AJ)

Prayer given by Meher Baba. (Da)

Pascal, Gabriel: Gabriel Pascal was born in Hungary. He was forty years old when he first met Baba. He was closely associated with the playwright George Bernard Shaw and he directed several of Shaw’s plays for him. There is a book entitled The Devil and his Disciple which describes Pascal’s life and work. (Ka 1890 )

pata: (pronounced as "putt") A fold (of a veil). (N4)

Patanjali yoga: See: yoga. (Du)

path, the: The inner path of spiritual advancement that the aspirant traverses through the planes of consciousness (q.v.). Sufi: tariqat. Vedanta: adhyatma-marga. (1b)

Pathan: Someone from the region near the northwest frontier of India, now in Pakistan. (I)

Patterson, Elizabeth Chapin: Born in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents came from prominent families. When she was five they moved to New York City, where she received a good education, and in 1916 she made her formal debut there. In 1917 when the United States entered World War I, she volunteered for Red Cross ambulance work and served in the woman’s motor corps during the time the wounded soldiers were being brought back from Europe. At the close of the war she entered business with a large downtown firm as one of the first women insurance brokers, remaining associated for thirty years. During her vacations she traveled extensively in Europe, India, and Africa. In 1929 she married Kenneth Patterson of New York.

In 1931 Elizabeth had the unusual experience of being one of five foreign travelers taken on a scientific Arctic expedition by Soviet icebreaker to Franz Josef Land and to within four hundred miles of the North Pole. A planned encounter took place with Admiral Byrd, who was for the first time exploring in a "lighter-than-air." Among the icebreaker "travelers" was the Italian General Mobile, who was searching for the remains of his lost dirigible Italia.

In November of that same year she met Meher Baba on His initial visit to America, and it was the spiritual turning point in her life. Over the years she served Him in unparalleled ways both in this (the USA -Ed.) country and in India, traveling with Him and His party and at times living the ashram life. For four years she was editor of the Meher Baba Journal, which contained many of Baba’s original discourses.

In 1941, at Meher Baba’s request, Elizabeth and Princess Norina Matchabelli started a search in many parts of the United States for a site that answered His qualifications for a Center; she finally obtained 500 acres for that purpose near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, through her father, S. B. Chapin.

The Meher Spiritual Center is a beautiful place, with over a mile of ocean beach, two freshwater lakes, and many facilities and cabins built under the directing genius of Elizabeth Patterson, who also managed various family businesses at the same time. The Center is fulfilling Meher Baba’s wish that it be a great place of pilgrimage (as announced by Baba at the three sahavases He gave there during 1952, 1956 and 1958). Elizabeth’s efforts are (were) ably augmented by the selfless service in Baba’s love of Kitty Davy, Jane Barry Haynes, Fred and Ella Winterfeldt and others. (Du)

It was because of Elizabeth Patterson’s love for animals that Baba virtually kept a miniature zoo in the ashram. When Elizabeth was sent back to America in 1942, Baba disbanded the zoo and gave away those animals. (Ka 2416 )

payasam: Sweetened milk with cooked rice, raisins, almonds, etc. (N6)

pedas: sweet meat prepared with condensed milk. (AJ)

peepal tree: A fig tree (Ficus religious) of India, remarkable for its great size and longevity. Useful as a source of lac (for shellac). Distinguished from the banyan by the absence of prop roots. Also called "sacred fig". -Hindi. (Du)

peerhan: "He was wearing not a sadra, but a peerhan, a white top with pajama pants that Mohammedans used to wear." (I-pg.14, pp.4)

Pendu: Pendu had learned this tactic from Padri, who had to resort to this request that Baba leave him alone when he was erecting the Tin Cabin for seclusion work in 1935. (Ka 2303 )

Perfect Master (also Masters of wisdom): A Man-God. A God-realized soul who retains God-consciousness and creation-consciousness simultaneously, and who works in creation to help other souls towards the realization of God. Referred to most frequently throughout the text simply as "Master." Sufi: Qutub; Salik-e-Mukammil. Vedanta: Param Mukta; Sadguru. (1b)

Some God-realized souls not only possess God-consciousness, but are also conscious of creation and their own bodies. They take active interest in the souls who are in bondage, and they use their own bodies consciously to work in creation, in order to help other souls in their Godward march. Such a God realized soul is also called a Salik, Sadguru, or Man-God. * (A)

A God-Realized soul who retains God-consciousness and creation-consciousness simultaneously, and who works in creation to help other souls toward the Realization of God. (Da)

One who has himself reached the goal of perfection to which he directs others; one who pointing to God, has himself realized God. (AJ)(Gr)

*see also Man-God. -Ed.

Perfect One: One who has realized God and attained Perfection in human form. Sufi: Insan-e-Kamil. Vedanta: Shiv-Atma. (1b)

Perfection: A state of God-realization. See also Realization. (1b)

perugu: Yogurt, curds. (N6)

Pesh Imam: The head priest who leads the prayers conducted in a mosque. (N5)

Pilgrim hostels: Large brick structures providing shelter to those who visit Meherabad during Amartithi. (part of Lower Meherabad, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.) (EBF)

Pilgrim Registration Office: This office handles reservations for the Meher Pilgrim Center, registration of foreign pilgrims, as well as a variety of practical matters. Consult the office staff if you have questions or need assistance with airline tickets, visas, or transportation. Lockers are available for storing valuables such as passports, tickets, and travelers’ checks. Luggage may also be stored for short periods (not overnight) in a wooden trunk just outside the office. (All items are left at the owner’s risk and are not the responsibility of any of the staff.) Outgoing letters with correct postage may be mailed from the office.

Registration facilities are available from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. Hours for general office matters are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and 3:00 to 4:30 pm; and Sunday, 10:00 to 11:00 am. (part of the Meher Nazar Compound, Ahmednagar, India. -Ed.) (EBF)

pillau: Spicy rice dish, usually served with ground meat. (EBF)

pinjra: A cage. (N7)

pir: A sixth plane master. -Sufi. Vedanta: satpurush. (1a)

A sixth plane master, a satpurush. -Arabic. (Du)

One on the sixth plane of consciousness, who literally experiences, sees, nothing but God. (Gr)

Planes of consciousness (also planes of involution of consciousness): the states of consciousness experienced by the soul while traversing the spiritual path. During the first six planes, the soul gradually withdraws the focus of its consciousness from the gross sphere to the subtle sphere and then to the mental sphere: this is involution. At the seventh plane the soul experiences Realization and knows itself as God. (See God Speaks for further information).

Pleader: Pleader stayed in Benares, following Baba’s order to beg. (Ka 2269 )

pomphret: White fish. (EBF)

Poona: See: Pune. (-Ed.)

An Indian city the English spelling of which has been changed to Pune. (Gr)

Porter, Cole: The film, Born To Dance, wherein a sailor falls in love with a girl, was a musical starring Eleanor Powell and featured songs written by Cole Porter such as I’ve Got You Under My Skin. When in Nasik, Baba would also take them to the Circle Cinema to watch a movie. (Ka 2169 )

(also the author of Baba’s alleged favorite song, Begin the Beguine. -Ed.)

possession: The total displacement of a vulnerable person’s consciousness by a discarnate spirit. (C)

Post Office: One of the original buildings on the land where Meherabad was established; it had been a post office for the Arangaon region during the early British Raj before being used by Meher Baba and His disciples for lodging; it was eventually disassembled and the stones from the building were later used in the construction of what would become Avatar Meher Baba’s Samadhi. (I)

Prabhu: The Lord (God). -Vishnu. (1b)

Literally, master, lord, king. A name applied to God. -Sanskrit. (Du)

The Lord. The All-Powerful One. (Gr)(N5)

prakriti: The phenomenal world; creation. Also, the unmanifest cosmic energy that in conjunction with Purusha generates phenomenal existence. -Vedanta.(1b)

pran (also prana): Literally, vital energy. The subtle body. Also, Breath of all life. -Vedanta. (1a)

Vital energy; the subtle body (the seat of desires and vital forces). See also sukshma sharir. -Vedanta. Sufi: jism-e-latif. (1b)

pran bhumi (also prana bhumi): The subtle world. -Vedanta. Sufi: alam-e-malakut. (1a)

pran bhumika: The subtle plane. -Vedanta. (1a)

pran bhuvan: The subtle sphere. -Vedanta. Sufi: alam-e-malakut. (1a)

See subtle sphere. (1b)

prana pratishtha: The vital breath that sustains life. (AJ)

pranams: A respectful form of salutation. (N5)

pranayama: A form of yoga featuring breathing excersizes and the possible awakening of the kundalini. (C)

prarabdha (also prarabdha sanskaras): The sanskaric links which not only determine the length of time one remains in the body, but also determine the very course of life. Inevitable destiny. -Vedanta. Sufi: muqaddar. (1a)

The inevitable destiny of each lifetime; the impressions (sanskaras) that predetermine the destiny of a person. -Vedanta. Sufi: muqaddar. (1b)

prasad: A precious gift from God; a small gift, often edible, given by or in the name of a saint, Perfect Master, or the Avatar (q.v., Glossary Part I). -Vedanta. (1b)

A small gift, usually edible, given by the Master as a concrete expression of His Love; when swallowed it acts as a seed which will eventually grow into full-blown love. A gracious gift of the Master. -Vedanta. (1a) -Sanskrit. (Du)

A small gift, usually edible given by a Master to a devotee which is symbolic of the inner spiritual gift that it conveys. (Gr)

Literally, "gift from God"; a gift of Love from the Master to the seeker, usually edible but not necessarily so. (I)

Baba then told my mother to buy prasad – big sacks of a dry mixture of peanuts, chickpeas, and puffed rice called chura… (mid 1924) (I, pg. 59)

Literally anything that is first offered to God or the Master and then distributed in His name. A gracious gift, usually edible, given by the Master as an expression of His Love (, to His lovers or visitors. (N5)) (N1)

Literally, a gracious gift. Anything, usually edible, given by a saint, Perfect Master or the Avatar to their followers. Anything, usually edible, that is first offered to a deity, saint, Perfect Master or the Avatar and then distributed in His name. (N6)

Prayer of Repentance: Prayer given by Meher Baba. (Da)

Prem: Literally, Love. (A)

Prem Ashram: Literally, the love-retreat. A special section of Meher Baba’s school for boys, which was held at Meherabad in 1928-1930. -Sanskrit. (Du)

A unique "School of Love" for imparting spiritual knowledge to young boys of various religious backgrounds founded by Meher Baba at Meherabad in the 1920s. (I)

premananda: The bliss experienced on the spiritual Path, i.e., on the planes of consciousness (tariqat, q.v.). -Sanskrit. (Du)

psychic: See under occult. (1b)

puja: A Hindu act of worship or propitiation. Also a Hindu rite or religious festival. -Sanskrit. (Du)

A worship. (N4)

Pujari: A Hindu Brahmin appointed to maintain a temple. (AJ)

pulao: Rice, spiced with special seasonings such as saffron, usually combined with a vegetable or meat, chicken, fish, or eggs. (I)

pulihara: Special spiced rice dish, "yellow" rice. (N6)

Pumpkin House (also Bhopla House): Located diagonally across from Baba’s house is the home where Meher Baba spent some of His childhood and boyhood until 1918. The house gets its name from a large round stone at the entrance. (EBF)

The first house in Poona of Sheriar and Shireenmai, Meher Baba’s parents, where young Merwan lived as a child; so named because of a pumpkin-shaped stone situated at the entrance to the house. (I)

punar janma: Reincarnation. -Vedanta. Sufi: rij’at. (1a)

Puratan Purush: Literally, The Ancient One. -Vedanta. Sufi: Saheb-e-Zaman. (1a)

purna vairagya: complete dispassion or detachment; total renunciation. -Vedanta. (1b)

Pune: Pune (Marathi name for Poona) is a large city in the Deccan Plateau, about 170 kilometers (106 miles) southeast of Mumbai. No matter how you travel, the route passes through the ghats, the mountainous hill ranges surrounding Pune. the roads through the ghats are steep and winding, and the scenery is spectacular.

Pune has a long and proud history. During the 17th century the district was associated with Shivaji, the warrior who resisted Mogul expansion and helped unite Maharashtra. (Shivaji is known to be one of Meher Baba’s veiled minor incarnations). During the British Raj, Pune was a British military post and popular vacation spot. It was there that Meher Baba was born, grew up, and became unveiled by the Perfect Master Hazrat Babajan. During the 1960s Pune was also the spot where Meher Baba spent the summer months and gave a number of darshan programs, including the 1962 East-West Gathering. (EBF)

purdah: Literally, screen, veil. The practice of seclusion of women from public view by means of concealing the clothing by a robe and wearing a veil, and by the use of high-walled enclosures, screens and curtains within the home. -Hindi. (Du)

Literally, a "curtain", a veil; specifically, the veil worn by Muslim women to cover the face; it also refers to a state of seclusion or being hidden. (I)

Purdom, Charles B.: English journalist, editor of Everyman magazine and famous for a new approach to Shakespeare criticism. He founded Welwyn Garden City and took part in town planning at Letchworth and elsewhere. He served in the civil service during World War I. Mr. Purdom wrote and published half a dozen books before he met Meher Baba in East Challacombe, North Devonshire, in 1931. After Baba visited London in 1932, Mr. Purdom decided to write The Perfect Master, a story of Baba’s life up to then, published in 1937. This was later followed by a shortened version of Baba’s Discourses called God to Man and Man to God, and then by The God-Man. Death occurred in July 1965, which at least spared him the shock of Baba’s dropping the body in 1969. (Du)

puri: Double-layer fried crisp or cracker. (EBF)

purna-ananda: The bliss experienced by the sixth plane saint (one who sees God everywhere). -Sanskrit. (Du)

purna-parabrahma: The state of Perfection achieved by the Sadguru, q.v. -Sanskrit. (Du)

Purusha (also Purush): The supreme Spirit, which in conjunction with prakriti causes phenominal existance. -Vedanta. (1b)

pyare: Beloved. (N5)


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