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n. ambrosia or drink that bestows immortality (Hindu mythology); immortality

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Amrita
Amrita (; IAST: amṛta) is a Sanskrit word that literally means "immortality", and is often referred to in texts as nectar. The word's earliest occurrence is in the Rigveda, where it is one of several synonyms of "soma" as the drink which confers immortality upon the gods. It is related etymologically to the Greek "ambrosia", and it carries the same meaning. It has various significances in different dharmic traditions. "Amrit" or "Amrut" is also a common Hindu first name for men; the feminine form is "Amritā" or "Amruta".

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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Amrita
(n.)
Immortality; also, the nectar conferring immortality.
  
 
(a.)
Ambrosial; immortal.
  

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Amrita
[Hindu] In old-Indian (Hindu) mythology, the drink of the gods which gives (and sustains) immortality. Possibly the origin of the later Greek Ambrosia.

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Amrita amrita (Sanskrit) [from a not + mrita dead from the verbal root mri to die] Immortality; the water of life or immortality, the ambrosial drink or spiritual food of the gods. According to the Puranas, Ramayana, and Mahabharata, amrita is the elixir of life produced during the contest between the devas and asuras when churning the "milky sea" (the waters of life). It has been stolen many times, but as often recovered, and it "is still preserved carefully in devaloka" (Pur E 32).
In the Vedas, amrita is applied to the mystical soma juice, which makes a new man of the initiate and enables his spiritual nature to overcome and govern the lower elements of his nature. It is beyond any guna (quality), for it is unconditioned per se (cf SD 1:348). Mystically speaking, therefore, amrita is the "drinking" of the water of supernal wisdom and the spiritual bathing in its life-giving power. It means the rising above all the unawakened or prakritic elements of the constitution, and becoming at one with and thus living in the kosmic life-intelligence-substance.


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