Definition of swami in English:



  • A Hindu male religious teacher.

    [as title] ‘Swami Satchidananda’
    • ‘But our Hindu saints and swamis come and deliver lectures and go back to their native countries and ashrams with whatever money is given to them.’
    • ‘A Buddhist minister and his sangha or a swami and his sannyasins can be every bit as pious and self-righteous as a Christian priest and his congregation.’
    • ‘Many Hindu swamis advise followers to be well-established vegetarians prior to initiation into mantra, and to remain vegetarian thereafter.’
    • ‘The swami is credited with bringing many of the island's Hindu converts to Christianity and Islam back into Hinduism.’
    • ‘One satguru would be followed by the next satguru, swamis and acharyas by more swamis and acharyas, devoted families by more devoted families, generation after generation.’
    • ‘Wondrous sights seen along the way mixed and mingled with mystic truths discussed afloat a rolling ocean in daily yoga classes with Gurudeva and his swamis.’
    • ‘There weren't any role models in her life and her world revolved around a group of 30 swamis and their Guru Swami Satchidananda.’
    • ‘Normally, the swamis and gurus keep aloof from the world.’
    • ‘Like all the sects, its majority are devout families, headed by hundreds of orders of swamis and sadhus who follow the fiery, world-renouncing path to moksha.’
    • ‘The second speaker, a prominent Malaysian Hindu leader, made the point that a modern trend of Hindus is to consider the traditional wisdom given by swamis as old-fashioned and not lend it much weight.’
    • ‘For many decades it was the male swamis from India who were the most well-known exponents of Hinduism touring in the Western countries.’
    • ‘In 1897, when Swami Vivekananda visited Jaffna, Yogar swami participated in the religious procession.’
    • ‘Our association with the swamis under him has helped our organization grow and has reaffirmed our dedication to Hindu dharma.’
    • ‘This was not always the popular stance, but with scripture and the majority of swamis backing him up, one heard fewer and fewer Hindus advocating violent solutions.’
    • ‘They have to tell people that Swami is a messenger of Hinduism like the other swamis of this ancient tradition.’
    • ‘Gurus and swamis crossed the seas to visit these communities and encourage their religious practices.’
    • ‘Today, though he loves solitude, he also enjoys interacting daily with the many saints, sages, swamis, scholars and writers who visit the monastery.’
    • ‘Very few Malaysian Hindu temples conduct religious classes or provide spiritual discourses by knowledgeable teachers, pundits or swamis.’
    • ‘During the day, we began classes with the swamis on philosophy, yoga, worship and more.’
    • ‘For more than half a century, the swami has tirelessly organized important religious seminars.’
    spiritual teacher, teacher, tutor, sage, counsellor, mentor, guiding light, spiritual leader, leader, master
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From Hindi swāmī master, prince, from Sanskrit svāmin.