mahatma definition

  • noun:
    • In India and Tibet, among a course of people venerated for great knowledge and passion for mankind.
    • Hinduism applied as a title of value for one known for spirituality and high-mindedness.
    • An epithet granted in Asia and Tibet to individuals thought to have great knowledge and passion for mankind
    • among a class of sages, or “adepts,” reputed to have knowledge and powers of a higher order than those of ordinary men.
    • An adept in Brahmanism: a name recently applied by “theosophists” to certain imaginary beings, of preternatural powers, asserted to exist in or near India.
    • An alleged adept in Brahmanism: a name used by contemporary European and A merican theosophists to specific imaginary persons that have acquired, by ascetic or ‘astral’ means, preternatural powers, and are also asserted to occur in or near Asia. The term so used is modern-day and it is as a result of European manipulation. No beings so named and endowed have ancient recognition in Indian literature.
    • (Hinduism) term of respect for a brahmin sage

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