avatār: A divine incarnation; a human being descended from the Supreme Lord for the purpose of destroying evil and restoring balance to the world; well-known avatārs include: Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Christ.


mantra: the sacred word or term given to the practitioner by his Guru; a conscious mantra is charged with the spiritual powers of the lineage of the Guru; since use of the mantra is repetitive, the term has become common in English, meaning a repetition of any phrase or idea.

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