Definition of prana in US English:

prana

noun

Hinduism
  • Breath, considered as a life-giving force.

    • ‘In its more advanced forms pranayama is actual control of prana; for beginners it is literally controlling the breath.’
    • ‘The second group intends to attain knowledge more gradually by the worship of prana, the life breath.’
    • ‘Thus, the fixation of awareness to the body is replaced with awareness linked with subtler aspects of prana and spiritual dimensions.’
    • ‘One has to realise that his real self is not the body or any of the modifications (gross, subtle or causal) nor (any of the modifications of) prana that support all activities of the body nor the organs of perception and antahkarna.’
    • ‘Moreover, all force, whether gravitational or electromagnetic, is the outcome of one cosmic energy called prana.’

Origin

Sanskrit.

Pronunciation

prana

/ˈpränə/