Posted by: retarigan | April 21, 2015

Word Dictionary [210415]


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

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Ludovico Carracci

Birthday of the day: Ludovico Carracci; Ludovico (or Lodovico) Carracci (21 April 1555 – 13 November 1619) was an Italian, early-Baroque painter, etcher, and printmaker born in Bologna.

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: 753 BC – Romulus founds Rome (traditional date).

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: Seated Liberty dollar; The Seated Liberty dollar was a dollar coin designed by Mint Chief Engraver Christian Gobrecht and struck by the United States Mint from 1840 to 1873. The coin’s reverse features a heraldic eagle first seen on coins in 1807, based on a design by late Mint Chief Engraver John Reich; the coin’s obverse is based on the Gobrecht dollar. “In God We Trust” was added to the dollar in 1866 following its introduction to other US coins earlier in the decade. In the final years of the series, there was more silver produced in the US, and mintages increased.These were the last dollar coins before the Coinage Act of 1873 temporarily ended their production for American commerce and authorized the trade dollar for use in foreign commerce. Representatives of silver interests were unhappy when the metal’s price dropped again in the mid-1870s; they advocated the resumption of the free coinage of silver into legal tender. After passage of the Bland-Allison Act in 1878, silver dollar production resumed with the Morgan dollar.

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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