Posted by: retarigan | March 21, 2015

Word Dictionary [210315]


Word of the day: avatar
Definition: n.(in Hindu mythology) the descent of a deity or released soul to earth in bodily form.
Synonyms: embodiment, incarnation
Etymology: Skr. avatara descent f. {aacute}va down tr- pass over (more…)

pronunciation: ˌævəˈtɑ:
from Oxford: avatar

n.
1 (in Hindu mythology) the descent of a deity or released soul to earth in bodily form.
2 incarnation; manifestation.
3 a manifestation or phase.
Etymology: Skr. avatara descent f. áva down + tr- pass over

from Wordnet: avatar

n 1: a new embodiment of a familiar idea; “the incarnation of evil”; “the very avatar of cunning” [syn: embodiment, incarnation]
2: the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman or animal form; “the Buddha is considered an avatar of the god Vishnu”

from Wikipedia: avatar; In Hinduism, an avatar (; from Sanskrit अवतार “descent”) is a deliberate descent of a deity to Earth, or a descent of the Supreme Being (e.g., Vishnu for Vaishnavites), and is mostly translated into English as “incarnation”, but more accurately as “appearance” or “manifestation”.The phenomenon of an avatar is observed in Hinduism, Ayyavazhi, and Sikhism. Avatar is regarded as one of the core principles of Hinduism.The term is most often associated with Vishnu, though it has also come to be associated with other deities. Varying lists of avatars of Vishnu appear in Hindu scriptures, including the ten Dashavatara of the Garuda Purana and the twenty-two avatars in the Bhagavata Purana, though the latter adds that the incarnations of Vishnu are innumerable. The avatars of Vishnu are a primary component of Vaishnavism. An early reference to avatar, and to avatar doctrine, is in the Bhagavad Gita.Shiva and Ganesha are also described as descending in the form of avatars. The various manifestations of Devi, the Divine Mother principal in Hinduism, are also described as avatars or incarnations by some scholars and followers of Shaktism. The avatars of Vishnu carry a greater theological prominence than those of other deities, which some scholars perceive to be imitative of the Vishnu avatar lists.In Sikhism, an avatar is a deliberate descent of a soul to earth in any form. Guru Granth Sahib believes in the existence of the Dashavatara. In Dasam Granth, Guru Gobind Singh wrote three composition on historical avatars which include Vishnu Avatar, Brahma Avatar, and Rudra Avatar.

Quote of the day: Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough. by George Bernard Shaw

Maurice, Elector of Saxony

Maurice, Elector of Saxony

Birthday of the day: Maurice, Elector of Saxony; Maurice (21 March 1521 – 9 July 1553) was Duke (1541–47) and later Elector (1547–53) of Saxony. His clever manipulation of alliances and disputes gained the Albertine branch of the Wettin dynasty extensive lands and the electoral dignity.

Joke of the day: Mr. Johnson was overweight, so his doctor put him on a diet. He said, ‘I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for two weeks. The next time I see you, you should have lost at least five pounds.’ When Mr. Johnson returned, he shocked the doctor by having dropped almost twenty pounds. ‘Why, that’s amazing!’ the doctor told him. ‘You did this just by following my instructions?’ The slimmed down Mr. Johnson nodded. ‘I’ll tell you, though, I though I was going to drop dead that third day.’ ‘From hunger, you mean.’ ‘No’, replied Mr. Johnson, ‘from skipping.’

Thought of the day: There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.

Fact of the day: 537 – Siege of Rome: King Vitiges attempts to assault the northern and eastern city walls, but is repulsed at the Praenestine Gate, known as the Vivarium, by the defenders under the Byzantine generals Bessas and Peranius.

Biography of the day: Nancy Pearl; Nancy Pearl (born January 12, 1945) is a librarian, best-selling author, book reviewer and was, until August 2004, the Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book at Seattle Public Library. Her prolific reading and her knowledge of books and literature first made her locally famous in Seattle, Washington, where she regularly appears on public radio recommending books. Pearl achieved broader fame with Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason, (2003) her guide to good reading, and the sequel More Book Lust (summer 2005) with the same subtitle, which received much acclaim (‘a sprightly follow-up’), and was chosen by the Today Show as one of their book-club selections. As of 2006, she is working on a book of recommendations for children and teens to be called Book Crush. Pearl’s approach to enjoying reading is the Rule of 50 which states ‘If you still don’t like a book after slogging through the first 50 pages, set it aside. If you’re more than 50 years old, subtract your age from 100 and only grant it that many pages.’

Article of the day: Tosa-class battleships’; The Tosa-class battleships’ were two dreadnoughts ordered by the Imperial Japanese Navy during the early 1920s. The ships were larger versions of the preceding, and carried an additional twin-gun turret; their design served as a basis for the s. The first ship, was canceled according to the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty before it could be completed, and was used in experiments testing the effectiveness of its armor scheme before being scuttled in the Bungo Channel. The hull of the second ship, (model pictured), was converted into an aircraft carrier of the same name. The carrier supported Japanese troops in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War of the late 1930s, and took part in the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 and the invasion of Rabaul in the Southwest Pacific in January 1942. The following month her aircraft participated in a combined carrier airstrike on Darwin, Australia, during the Dutch East Indies campaign. She was sunk during the Battle of Midway in 1942.

Did you know: a) that Victor Pascall of Trinidad was considered the best left-arm spinner in West Indies cricket during his career? b) that the mysterious rebel known as The Hidden claimed to be a secret prince given a divine revelation to save Spain in the Revolt of the Brotherhoods? c) that after a plane crash killed the Governor of Oregon and the next two people in line for that office, the new governor’s first act was to appoint Earl T. Newbry as Secretary of State? d) that the alternative rock band Unified Theory is named after Albert Einstein’s final hypothesis unified field theory?

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