Diary of a Traveling Monk
By Indradyumna Swami
Bharat Natyam: traditional Indian style of dance.
Brahmacari: unmarried male devotee practicing celibacy.
Brahmacarini: unmarried female devotee practicing celibacy.
CIS: Commonwealth of Independent States (the former Soviet Union).
Darsana: an audience with the Supreme Lord or His representative.
Dhoti: traditional Indian garment worn by men
Duma: Russian Parliament.
Ekadasi: The eleventh day after the full and new moon, a special day for increased remembrance of Krsna. Abstinence from grains and beans is prescribed.
Food for Life: charitable food distribution program run by Hare Krsna devotees worldwide.
FSK: formerly the KGB, now reorganized.
Gandharva: extraordinarily beautiful demigod singers and musicians.
Gaura-arati: evening prayers in the temple..
Gulabjamun: traditional Indian sweet made of milk and flour, rolled into balls, deep-fried, then soaked in a sugary syrup.
Guru-puja: worship of the spiritual master.
Gurukula: the school of the spiritual master, traditional Vedic education.
Harinama:public chanting of the holy names of the Lord.
ISKCON: International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
Ista-gosthi: discussion amongst temple devotees.
Janmastami: the anniversary of Lord Krsna’s appearance in this world.
Japa: soft recitation of the Lord’s holy names as a private meditation.
Jnani: one who tries to understand the Supreme through the process of speculative knowledge.
Kali-yuga : (Age of Kali) the present age, characterized by quarrel. It is the last in the cycle of four ages. The present Kali-yuga began 5,000 years ago.
Kamsa: Krsna’s uncle, who constantly plotted to kill Krsna.
Kirtana: congregational chanting the holy names of the Supreme Lord.
Ksatriya: a warrior or administrator. The second of the four Vedic social orders.
Kumaras: four learned ascetic sons of Lord Brahma, appearing eternally as children.
Laksmi: colloquial term for money, in reference to Srimati Laksmi devi the goddess of fortune and eternal consort of Lord Narayana.
Lord Jagannatha: the Supreme Lord, Lord of the Universe. The Deity form of the Lord at Puri, Orissa.
Lord Nrsimhadeva: the half-man, half-lion incarnation of the Supreme Lord. He protected Prahlada Maharaja and killed the demon Hiranyakasipu.
Pranama: to join the hands, palms together, in front of the chest, in prayer or as a gesture of respect.
Prasadam: the Lord’s mercy; food or other items spiritualized by being fiirst offered to the Supreme Lord.
Ratha-yatra : an annual festival in which Deities of the Supreme Lord are drawn in procession upon huge, lavishly decorated, canopied chariots.
Salagrama-sila: a Deity incarnation of the Supreme Lord in the form of a stone.
Sankirtana: congregational glorifiication of the Supreme Lord, Krsna,
especially through chanting of His holy names: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
Sikha: tuft of hair customarily at the back of the head of male devotees of Krsna.
Vyasa-puja: worship of the compiler of the Vedas, Srila Vyasadeva, or his representative, the bona fiide spiritual master.
Vyasasana: the seat of Vyasa, on which the representative of Srila Vyasadeva sits.
Yatra: temple or area of preaching.