Definition of acharya in US English:



  • 1(in India) a Hindu or Buddhist spiritual teacher or leader.

    • ‘Approximately 20 shastris and acharyas graduate from the Vedarsh Mahavidyalaya every year.’
    • ‘As explained by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Krishna has His eternal, blissful form that is full of knowledge, and all Vaishnava acharyas accept this.’
    • ‘A unique eleventh-century image of four-faced Brahma seated as acharya for the wedding of Siva and Uma comes from the Asia Society Gallery in New York.’
    • ‘The acharya of sthapaka, was Sri Thanga Bhattar, former chief priest of the Meenakshi temple in Madurai, who had come from Thailand where he had presided over another temple opening.’
    • ‘Vaishnava acharyas, specifically Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, led the people on the path towards a realization of going back to Godhead.’
    • ‘Elephants and horses have been replaced now by tractors and wagons decked with flowers and a throne for each acharya and a few of his followers.’
    • ‘It could as well have been a Muslim moulana or a Hindu acharya.’
    • ‘Considering this, the acharya began worshiping the Lord.’
    • ‘It was Swami Chinmayananda who was among the first acharyas to popularise the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads throughout India and abroad through discourses.’
    • ‘In the four authorized sampradayas, the acharyas have compiled Deity worship manuals based on these Pancharatra books.’
    • ‘‘We are trying to know the treasures of ancient Indian scriptures and translate them,’ says the resident acharya at the centre, Swami Advayananda.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Such an acharya, or spiritual master, should be considered nondifferent from Krishna - that is, he should be considered the incarnation of Lord Krishna's potency.’
    • ‘But the acharya in his magnanimity accepts him and teaches him all he knows.’
    • ‘Krishnaa looked at Acharya Kripa and the acharya sat with his eyes fixed at his feet.’
    • ‘Even the Ayurvedic acharyas prescribe the chanting of the Vishnu Sahasranamam for getting the physical-oral-psychological peacefulness and for curing diseases.’
    • ‘Sri Chaitanya also empowered other great acharyas and their unlimited followers, who were also transcendental poets, to perceive the Rasa Tattva through Gaura-lila and to perceive Rasa Tattva through Krishna kirtan.’
    • ‘There are other commentaries by vaishnava acharyas.’
    • ‘Quoting the ‘Ashtangahrudaya,’ the acharya says the malady is nothing but divine retribution for the sins the patient had committed in his past life.’
    • ‘Actor, Babu Antony's brother, Thampy Antony, plays the role of the Ayurveda acharya and the American actor, Stan Christensen, comes as the U.S. doctor.’
    spiritual teacher, teacher, tutor, sage, counsellor, mentor, guiding light, spiritual leader, leader, master
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    1. 1.1 An influential mentor.
      adviser, guide, confidant, confidante, counsellor, consultant, therapist
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Early 19th century: from Sanskrit ācārya ‘master, teacher’.