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Words Starting with R

 

Rādhā (राध) – (Srīmatī Rādhārāṇī; voc. Rādhe) – eternal consort of Lord Kṛṣṇa; supreme pleasure potency of the Lord

 

Rādhikā (राधिक) – see Rādhā

 

Rādhikā-ramaṇa (राधिका-रमण) – name of Lord Kṛṣṇa; the one that gives pleasure to Rādhikā (Rādhā)

 

rāga (राग) – 1) attachment 2) lit. “that would colors the mind”; melodic forms containing aesthetic qualities, upward and downward scales, king and queens of notes, and emotional feels

 

Raghu (रघ) – the great-grandfather of Lord Rāma; one of the founders of the royal (solar) dynasty Lord Rāma appeared in

 

Raghunātha (रघुनाथ) – name of Lord Rāma; lord of the Raghu race

 

Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī (रघुनाथ भट्ट गोस्वाम) – one of the six Gosvāmīs of Vṛndāvana

 

Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī (रघुनाथ दास गोस्वाम) – one of the six Gosvāmīs of Vṛndāvana

 

rājā (राज) – king

 

rājā dharma (राज धर्म) – king’s sacred duty, principles, and actions

 

rajo-guṇa (रजो-गुण) – the mode of passion

 

rakṣaka (रक्षक) – protector

 

rākasa (राक्षस) – race of demoniac persons

 

Rāma (राम) – 1) a name for Lord Kṛṣṇa meaning “reservoir of pleasure” 2) Lord Rāmacandra who took form to destroy Rāvaṇa and establish the role of the perfect man and perfect king 3) Lord Balarāma

 

Rāma rājya (राम राज्य) – the perfect rule under Lord Rāmacandra’s kingship

 

Ramā (रम) – Lakṣmī, Lord Viṇu’s eternal consort

 

Rāmacandra (रामचन्द्र) – see Rāma

 

Rāmacandra Kavirāja (रामचन्द्र कविराज) – the associate of Narottama Dāsa hākura

 

Rāmānanda Rāya (रामानन्द राय) – a confidential associate of Lord Caitanya who saw the ad-bhuja form of the Lord

 

Rāmānuja (Rāmānujācārya) (रामानुज/रामानुजाचार्य) – great Vaiṇava devotee who founded the Śrī sampradāya

 

Rāmāyaṇa (रामायण) – the epic written by Vālmīkī describing all of Lord Rāma’s pastimes

 

Rāma navami (राम नवमि) – the appearance day celebration of Lord Rāma; (ninth day of the month of Caitra (March-April))

 

ratha (रथ) – chariot

 

Ratha Yātrā (रथ यात्र) – (lit. “journey of the chariots”) the festival where Jagannātha, Baladeva, and Subhadrā are taken outside of the temple and placed on chariots on the streets of the city. Devotees pull the chariots throughout the city chanting Their holy names

 

rāsa līlā (रास लील) – the dance Lord Kṛṣṇa performed with the gopīs headed by Rādhā

 

Rāseśvarī (रासेश्वर) – Rādhā, queen of the rāsa field

 

Rāvaṇa (रावण) – son of Kaikasī and Viśravā; demoniac king of Lankā, kidnapped Sītā and was slain by Lord Rāma

 

Ṛg-veda (ऋग्वेद) – one of the four original Vedas containing hymns and chants to various demigods

 

kṣ (ऋक्ष) – bears

 

karāja (ऋक्षराज) – king of bears

 

ṇa (ऋण) – debt

 

Rohiṇī (रोहिण) – wife of Vasudeva and mother of Balarāma (Rohiṇī-suta)

 

ṛṣabha (ऋशभ) – the second note in the musical scale

 

Ṛṣabha (ऋशभ/ऋशभदेव) – (Ṛṣabhadeva) form of Lord Kṛṣṇa who was ruler that devotional service in the fifth canto of the Bhāgavatam

 

ṛṣi (ऋषि) – a seer

 

Rṣyamukha (ऋष्यमुख) – the mountain where Sugrīva and his minister stayed until Lord Rāma’s visit

 

ṛtvika (ऋत्विक) – 1) a Vedic priest (from ṛtvija) 2) acceptor of initiation by a ṛtvika priest

 

Rudra (रुद्र) – 1) name of Lord Siva 2) lit. “anger” 3) one of the four sampradāyas

 

rudra vīṇā (रुद्र वीण) – the more common vīṇā in the North Indian tradition; a bamboo stringed zither

 

Rukmi (रुक्मि) – brother of Rukmiṇī

 

Rukmiṇī (रुक्मिण) – one of the main wives of Lord Kṛṣṇa

 

Rumā (रुम) – Sugrīva’s wife, held captive by Vālī until his death

 

rūpa (रूप) – form

 

rūpaka (रूपक) – a common seven beat cycle of North Indian music

 

rūpakam (रूपकम) – a common six beat cycle of South Indian music

 

rūpam (रूपम) – see uptāla jhampaka

 

Rūpa Gosvāmī (रूप गोस्वाम) – the leader of the six Gosvāmīs of Vndāvana, author of Bhakti Rasāmta Sindhu

 

UPDATED: July 6, 2009