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Words Starting with V

 

vācaka (वाचक) – form of the Lord through His names

 

vācya (वाच्य) – form of the Lord full of transcendental bliss and knowledge

 

Vaidehī (वैदेह) – Sītā

 

Vaikuṇṭha (वैकुण्ठ) – the eternal spiritual planet and abode of Lord Viṇu

 

Vaiṇava (वैष्णव) – devotee of Lord Viṇu or Kṛṣṇa

 

vaiśya (वैश्य) – class of agriculturalists, traders, merchants, and businessmen according to the Vedic occupational divisions of society

 

Vālī (वाल) – the elder brother of Sugrīva, killed by Lord Rāma

 

Vālmīkī (वाल्मीक) – author of the Rāmāyaṇa; sheltered Sītā during Her banishment and became the spiritual master of Lava and Kuśa

 

Vāmana (Vāmanadeva) (वामन/वामनदेव) – the form of the Lord as a dwarf in order to seize the world and possessions of King Bali

 

vana (वन) – forest

 

vānaprastha (वानप्रस्थ) – the third stage of life; retirement from family life in order to develop renunciation

 

Varāha (वराह) – the avatāra of the Lord in the form of a boar

 

varṇa (वर्ण) – one of the Vedic occupational classes

 

varṇa-sańkara (वर्ण-सङ्कर) – unwanted progeny produced due to illicit sex

 

varṇāśrama dharma (वर्णाश्रम धर्म) – Vedic social system based on principles (dharma) in one’s occupational (varṇa) and personal lives (āśrama)

 

Varṣānā (वर्षान) – a village in the Braja territory; the birthplace of Rādhā

 

Varuṇa (वरुण) – demigod of the sea

 

Vaśiṣṭha (वशिष्ठ) – the spiritual preceptor and royal priest of the solar dynasty

 

vasu (वस)– a type of heavenly being

 

Vasudeva (वसुदेव) – father of Lord Kṛṣṇa

 

Vāsudeva (वासुदेव) – 1) name of Lord Kṛṣṇa, son of Vasudeva 2) expansion of Lord Kṛṣṇa that took form as Lord Rāma

 

Veda (वेद) – the four primordial scriptures

 

Vedānta-sutra (वेदान्त-सुत्र) – the philosophical treatise written by Vyāsadeva consisting of succinct aphorisms that embody the essential meaning of the Upaniads

 

Vedavatī (वेदवत) – the devotee of Viṇu who was harassed by Rāvaṇa; took form as the shadow image of Sītā

 

vibhāga (विभाग) – measures or division blocks of a rhythmic cycle in North Indian music

 

Vibhīṣaṇa (विभीषण) – youngest brother of Rāvaṇa, after being thrown out of his nation for his devotion, he sought Lord Rāma’s shelter and aided Him through the war, became future king of Lań

 

Vicitravīrya (विचित्रवीर्य) – son of Satyavatī and Śāntanu; brother of Citrāńgada

 

Videha (विदेह) – The nation Janaka ruled

 

vidyā (विद्य) – knowledge

 

vikarma (विकर्म) – sinful actions

 

Vikarṇa (विकर्ण) – the third oldest son of Dhṛṭarāṣṭra and Gāndhārī

 

vīṇā (वीण) – 1) any stringed instrument 2) a zither with a bamboo neck with a gourd at each end

 

Virāgha (विराघ) – a demon during the forest exile, killed by Lord Rāma

 

Virāṭa (विराट) – the king of Matsya who sheltered the Pāṇḍavas

 

virāṭa-rūpa (विराट-रूप) – the universal form of Lord Kṛṣṇa

 

visarga (विसर्ग) – the element “” used in conjunction with vowels

 

Viṇu (विष्ण) – the expansion of Kṛṣṇa as maintainer of the mode of goodness, reclining on Lord Śeṣa with Lakṣmī-devī constantly serving Him

 

viṇu-dūta (विष्णु-दूत) – the messengers or envoys of Lord Viṇu

 

viṇu-tattva (विष्णु-तत्त्व) – the status or category of Godhead

 

viśva (विश्व) – 1) the universe 2) a rhythmic cycle of thirteen beats

 

viśva vandita (विश्व वन्दित) – a rhythmic cycle with eight beats

 

Viśvāmitra (विश्वामित्र) – a well known seer who had Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa accompany him to the forest to protect the seers from demoniac attacks

 

Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura (विश्वनाथ चक्रवर्त ठाकुर) – a well known sixteenth century devotee known for his Śrīmad Bhāgavatam commentaries

 

vitāt (वितात) – a subclass of stringed instruments that are played by a bow

 

viveka (विवेक) – discrimination

 

Viveka-Cuāmai (विवेक चुडामणि)

 

Vraja (व्रज) –the nation Nanda Mahārāja ruled

 

Vṛndā-devī (वृन्दा-देव) – goddess representing the tulasī plant

 

Vndāvana (वृन्दावन) – (lit. “the forest of Vṛndā trees”) the spiritual abode of Lord Kṛṣṇa mirrored on earth five-thousand years ago

 

Vṛṣabhānu (वृषभान) – father of Rādhā

 

Vṛṣi (वृष्णि) – one of the dominant races in Mathurā

 

Vyāsa (व्यास) – (also known as Vedavyāsa or Kṛṣṇa Dvaipayana Vyāsa) compiler of the Vedic literatures and author of the Mahābhārata

 

Vyāsa-pūjā (व्यास-पूज) – the festival of the appearance of one’s spiritual master

 

UPDATED: July 6, 2009