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Literally “growth”, “expansion”, “creation”, “development”, “swelling of the spirit or soul”, from the verbal root बृंहति (bṛṃhati), बृह् (√bṛh, to increase, grow, expand), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ- (to become high, rise, elevate).

An older etymology presented the word as an exact cognate of Latin flāmen (priest), however this is commonly considered spurious by modern authors.

Proper noun[edit]

ब्रह्मन् (bráhmanm

  1. Brahma or the one impersonal universal Spirit manifested as a personal Creator and as the first of the triad of personal gods.


ब्रह्मन् (bráhmann

  1. pious effusion or utterance, outpouring of the heart in worshipping the gods, prayer
  2. the sacred word (as opp. to वाच् (vāc), the word of man), the Veda, a sacred text, a text or mantra used as a spell
  3. the Brahmana portion of the Veda
  4. the sacred syllable om

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