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ananda

[ah-nuh n-duh] /ˈɑ nən də/
noun, Hinduism.
1.
perfect bliss.
Compare Sat-cit-ananda.
Origin
< Sanskrit ānanda- joy, happiness

Ananda

[ah-nuh n-duh] /ˈɑ nən də/
noun
1.
flourished early 5th century b.c, favorite disciple of Gautama Buddha.
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Ananda

/əˈnændə/
noun
1.
5th century bc, the first cousin, favourite disciple, and personal attendant of the Buddha
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Word Origin and History for ananda
n.

in Hindu theology, "bliss," from Sanskrit ananda- "joy, happiness, bliss," from stem of nandati "he rejoices," of unknown origin.

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