Posted by: retarigan | May 21, 2015

Word Dictionary [210515]


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

Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer

Birthday of the day: Albrecht Dürer; Albrecht Dürer (German pronunciation: [ˈalbʁɛçt ˈdyːʁɐ]; 21 May 1471 – 6 April 1528) was a German painter, printmaker and theorist from Nuremberg. His prints established his reputation across Europe when he was still in his twenties, and he has been conventionally regarded as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance ever since. His well-known works include the Apocalypse woodcuts, Knight, Death, and the Devil (1513), Saint Jerome in his Study (1514) and Melencolia I (1514), which has been the subject of extensive analysis and interpretation. His watercolours mark him as one of the first European landscape artists, while his ambitious woodcuts revolutionized the potential of that medium.

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: 293 – Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian appoint Galerius as Caesar to Diocletian, beginning the period of four rulers known as the Tetrarchy.

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: City of Angels; “City of Angels” is a song by American rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars (pictured), featured on their fourth studio album Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (2013). The song’s name is a reference to Los Angeles, and the lyrics were influenced by its culture. Written by lead vocalist Jared Leto, who also produced the song with Steve Lillywhite, “City of Angels” is imbued with elements of arena rock and 1980s music; the track has been cited as an example of the album’s variety and experimentation. It was generally acclaimed by music critics, who commended the composition, the lyrics, and Leto’s vocal performance. The song was released in October 2013 as the third single from the album, reaching number eight on the US Alternative Songs chart. An accompanying music video that features well-known entertainers and colorful personalities sharing their visions about Los Angeles was positively reviewed by critics; it received the Loudwire Music Award for Best Rock Video and was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Thirty Seconds to Mars performed “City of Angels” on their major concert tours from 2013 through 2015. {{TFArecentlist| The Bread-Winners Light Tank Mk VII Tetrarch Boeing 757 }}

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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