Definition of ananda in English:



mass noun
  • (in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism) extreme happiness, one of the highest states of being.

    ‘the ananda of divine love’
    • ‘Ebrahim Alkazi believes that through forms harsh and brutal, Sultan Ali ‘sought ananda… to come to terms with that unnerving reality’.’
    • ‘Being so kind He accompanies the living being as Supersoul always trying to divert the attention of them towards their constitutional nature, which is one of real happiness, ananda (bliss).’
    • ‘This movement ‘is not to produce more food for consumers, but to create life, diversity and ananda (to live a happy life).’’
    • ‘I can't say that it's wrong to ask for an experience of bliss, I mean much of my meditation was in pursuit of the ananda, the bliss, you know, truth, light, bliss.’
    • ‘Carved in stone or cast in bronze, His ananda tandava, the fierce ballet of bliss, dances the cosmos into and out of existence within a fiery arch of flames denoting consciousness.’


From Sanskrit ānanda ‘blessedness, bliss’.