m. a mystical verse or magical formula (sometimes personified), incantation, charm, spell (especially in modern times employed by the śākta-s to acquire superhuman powers;the primary mantra-s being held to be 70 millions in number and the secondary innumerable )
m. (n.) pious thought, prayer, hymn; Vedic hymn, sacred text; mystical verse, incantation, spell; consultation, reso lution, counsel, plan; secret design: -kara- na, n. Vedic text; -kârya, n. subject of con sultation; -kâla, m. time of consultation; -kusala, a. skilled in counsel; -krít, m. com poser of hymns; counsellor, adviser; ambas sador; -gandaka, m. kind of amulet; -gupta, m. N.; -gupti, f. keeping of counsel; -griha, n. chamber of deliberation; -gihva, m. fire; -gña, a. knowing the sacred texts; experienced in counsel; -gyeshtha, spv. having precedence according to knowledge of sacred texts.
(From the root man, ‘think’) denotes in the Rigveda and later the ‘hymn’ as the product of the singer’s creative thought. In the Brāhmaηas the word is regularly used of the poetic and prose utterances of the Rṣis, including not merely the verse parts of the Samhitās, but also the prose formulae that betray by their style their special and archaic character.
noun (masculine neuter) a magical formula (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a prayer (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a Vedic hymn (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
advice (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
consultation (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
device (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
sacred text (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
secret (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
speech (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
spell (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
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