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jaba (जब) – the coconut shell used as a pick for the sarod


jagad-guru (जगद्गुर) – “spiritual master of the universe”


Jagannātha (जगन्नाथ) – the Deity form of Lord Kṛṣṇa; Lord of the Universe


Jagannātha Miśra (जगन्नाथ मिश्र) – the father of Lord Caitanya


Jagannātha Purī (जगन्नाथ पुर) – the city in Orissa bearing the holy temple and Deity of Lord Jagannātha


Jaiva Dharma (जैव धर्म) – a novel by Bhaktivinoda Thākura about spiritual topics


jāla (जाल) – trap


jala (जल) – water


jala tarańga (जल तरङ्ग) – a xylophone-like instrument with several bowls filled with different amounts of water to give pitches


Jaladuta (जलदुत) – the cargo ship through which Srila Prabhupāda traveled to the United States in 1965


Jāmbavān (जाम्बवान) – (nom. Jāmbavanta) the king of bears, son of Brahmā who assisted Lord Rāma, minister of Sugrīva; father of Satyabhāmā, father-in-law of Lord Kṛṣṇa


Janaka (जनक) – foster-father of Sītā, father-in-law of Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa, ascetic-king of the nation Videha


Jānakī (जानक) – “daughter of Janaka”, Sītā


Janamejaya (जनमेजय) – son of Parikit; conducted a major snake sacrifice; Vyāsadeva intervened and narrated the Mahābhārata to him


Janārdana (जनार्दन) – name of Lord Kṛṣṇa


Janasthāna (जनस्थान) – the forest Sītā, Rāma, and Lakṣmaṇa stayed at before their final forest pastimes ended


janma (जन्म) – birth


Janmāṣṭamī (जन्माष्टम) – (Kṛṣṇāṣṭamī) Appearance day of Lord Kṛṣṇa celebration


Jarā (जर) – the demoness who took two halves of the baby Jarāsandha together


Jarāsandha (जरासन्ध) – the tyrannical king of Magadha and Kaḿsa’s ally who imprisoned eighty-six kings; killed by Bhīma by Kṛṣṇa’s behest


Jaṭāyu (जटाय) – the great aged vulture who was killed by Rāvaṇa while trying to protect Sītā


jātī (जात) – 1) Hindi for “caste” 2) the classification scheme of rhythmic cycles based on the multiplicity resembling one of five classes 3) classification scheme of rāgas based on the number of notes used in both upward and downward scales


Jaya (जय) – 1) victory, glories 2) the gatekeeper of Vaikuṇṭha who was cursed with Vijaya to be born as demons for three births.


Jayadeva Gosvāmī (जयदेव गोस्वाम) – a twelfth century Vaiṇava poet who wrote the Gīta Govinda


Jayadratha (जयद्रथ) – husband of Duśalā; brother-in-law of Duryodhana; king of Sindhu territory


Jhampta (झम्प्त) – one of the seven original tālams


Jhaptāla (झपताल) – a common rhythmic cycle of ten mātrās


Jharakhaṇḍa (झरखण्ड) – the forest where Lord Caitanya attracted all of the forest animals in the ecstasy of hari-kirtana


Jhumra tāla (झुम्र ताल) – an uncommon fourteen beat cycle used in slow performances


jijρāsa (जिज्ञास) – inquiry


Jiṇu (जिष्ण) – one of the names of Arjuna


jīva (जीव) – (jīvātmā) spirit soul


Jīva Gosvāmī (जीव गोस्वाम) – one of the six Gosvāmīs of Vṛndāvana; author of the Gopāla Campu


jρāna (ज्ञान) – transcendental knowledge


jρāna yoga (ज्ञान योग) – the path of spiritual realization through a speculative philosophical search for truth


jρānī (ज्ञान) – one practicing jρāna yoga


UPDATED: July 4, 2009