Definition of Brahman in US English:

Brahman

(US Brahmin)

noun

  • 1A member of the highest Hindu caste, that of the priesthood.

    • ‘Atharva Veda is also known as Brahma Veda, because it is still used as a manual by Hindu priests and Brahmins.’
    • ‘During a recent visit, I found liberals and intellectuals, jet-setters and slum dwellers, men and women, Brahmins and untouchables expressing this Hindu pride.’
    • ‘In case your Hinduism is a little rusty, the Brahmans are the priest caste in traditional Hindu society.’
    • ‘People even of the very lowest caste may become wealthy; and a Brahmin priest in a little rural temple will almost certainly be very poor indeed.’
    • ‘Caste was invented by the Hindu Brahmin or priestly group some 2,000 years ago.’
    • ‘The deification of the cow was undoubtedly linked with the rise of the priestly Brahmin caste in early Hinduism.’
    • ‘The highest category of castes are those people called Brahmins in the Hindu system; they were traditionally priests and intellectuals.’
    • ‘In the Vedic Yoga system Brahmins used various breathing exercises, which are still in use today.’
    • ‘Kshatriyas, the ruling class, and the priestly class of Brahmins began to exert pressure on the society and the caste system became more systematized.’
    • ‘The food of the Brahmins is very light and vegetarian, and then there are the Hindus who are not Brahmins, who will eat non-veg.’
    • ‘The Islamic rulers discriminated between Brahmins and other castes in levying of taxes and this naturally led to disgruntlement.’
    • ‘At the top of this hierarchy were the first two estates or castes: the Brahmin priests and, as so clearly described by the Rig-Veda as the arms of society, the Ksatriya or warrior nobility.’
    • ‘When a boy is born, a family Brahman (member of the highest social class) records details for the infant's horoscope.’
    • ‘This distinction mirrors the Hindu separation between the Brahman and those in lower castes.’
    • ‘It gives them an identity that neither Western Science nor Western thought has yet provided, because caste is not just a matter of being a Brahmin or a Harijan: it is also a kinship system.’
    • ‘The direct evidence is that these low caste and untouchables performed exactly the same ceremony, of dipping in the holy waters, as any Brahmin or Hindu sage.’
    • ‘The applicant is a citizen of India and a high caste Hindu Brahmin.’
    • ‘This means nobody is a Brahmin or Kshatriya or Vysya or Sudra throughout his or her life.’
    • ‘I don't know whether Satish had read the Bhagavad Gita, but he was a Hindu, a high-born Brahmin at that.’
    • ‘In Hyderabad, the emperor in the name of purifying it and ridding it of infidel Hindu Brahmins condoned heinous activities.’
  • 2(in Hinduism) the ultimate reality underlying all phenomena.

    • ‘Very much like the Hindu concept of Brahman, Taoism conceives of the concept of Tao, which is the underlying metaphysics of all that is being and non-being.’
    • ‘Although seen to be present in all its material manifestations, Brahman is understood best as the knowing subject within us.’
    • ‘Ultimate reality in Advaita Vedanta is Brahman.’
    • ‘This Reality as all pervading Consciousness is also called as Brahman, Atman, and even God.’
    • ‘Each god is a manifestation of Brahman; in the ultimate world there are no differentiations of I and thou, subject and object.’
    • ‘Understanding that the true Self within must identify with Brahman - the ultimate cosmic reality or essential basis of the Universe - the goal of the thinkers in the Upaniads is moka or release from the world of physical phenomena.’
    • ‘Atman or Brahman has been called eternal, all pervading.’
    • ‘Guided by a realized guru and avowed to the unreality of the world, the initiate meditates on himself as Brahman, Absolute Reality, to break through the illusion of maya.’
    • ‘It also represents to us the one life, what they call in Sanskrit Brahman which is that reality, that spiritual reality which pervades the whole universe, which is imminent in the whole universe, and not separate from it.’
    • ‘When the three letters are joined together to form the syllable Aum, that syllable should be used as the symbol of Brahman, or the Cosmic Reality.’
    • ‘In Vedic literature it is said that everything is Brahman and nothing else.’
    • ‘Finally he wrote his books on the subject of Atman and Brahman.’
    • ‘It says Brahman is that ultimate ‘world’ which we gain access to by distilling the world down to its inmost content, or the furthest stop from where we get off by travelling backwards in time-space.’
    • ‘Yoga means union with Supreme Reality or Brahman.’
    • ‘The sense of presence, ecstasy and dread in the presence of a reality - called nirvana, the One, Brahman or God - seems to be a state of mind and a perception that is natural and endlessly sought by human beings.’
    • ‘It is very similar to what the Hindus call atman Brahman.’
    • ‘Truth is within us and the Atman and Brahman are one and the same, which can be discovered with introspection.’
    • ‘The diversity which we see and experience in terms of discrete entities has to be viewed against the total background of reality, Brahman.’
    • ‘Mostly straightforwardly, the expression atman is Brahman unequivocally identifies essential self with cosmos, ultimately not two things but one.’
    • ‘He realizes that he was looking for something tangible and definite in his quest to find Atman and Brahman within himself and to understand the meaning of life.’
  • 3An ox of a humped breed originally domesticated in India that is tolerant of heat and drought and is now kept widely in tropical and warm-temperate countries.

    Bos indicus, family Bovidae; now usually included under the name B. taurus with other domestic cattle

    Also called Brahma bull; zebu

Origin

From Sanskrit brāhmaṇa ( Brahman (sense 1)), brahman ( Brahman (sense 2)).

Pronunciation

Brahman

/ˈbrɑmən//ˈbrämən/