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ananda

[ah-nuh n-duh] /ˈɑ nən də/
noun, Hinduism.
1.
perfect bliss.
Compare Sat-cit-ananda.
Origin of ananda
< 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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  • Prince ananda must be invited; as they were shooting over his grounds, it was only proper courtesy.

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
  • He signally failed in his attempt to draw ananda to his side.

    The Life or Legend of Gaudama Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
  • But he's too big for me to judge; I can't docket him like I can ananda.

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  • "And this," ananda continued, indicating the palace and the sal forest beyond.

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  • At the entreaty of a disciple, ananda Moyi Ma went to the home of a dying man.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • ananda made a gesture toward the hill from which the weird chant came.

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  • To this, ananda promptly replied: “I ask not for caste, but for water.”

    Human Life Sherwood Sweet Knight
  • "It may have rolled off the terrace into the water," Prince ananda suggested.

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British Dictionary definitions for ananda

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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