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« on: July 24, 2008, 04:35:32 PM »
Dear Subramanain,

Could you give me an explanation on the meaning of some words in Tamil (I believe).  I have seen in another group, members respectfully address all members as "Sri" and often use also "ji" with the name.

They would also finish their post with "my PrAnams".

The motive being this is that it is expressed toward the Self, Brahman.

Words, for the moment that I would like to better understand:  Sri;  PrAnams, ji, Namaste.

Oh Arunachala, blazing fire of Jnana, in my heart I pray and think of Thee from afar, root out the ego, merging me in the Self.


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Re: Tamil
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2008, 12:37:56 PM »
My dear non duel,  Your request for clarification of certain
Tamil words.

Sri is literally one full of riches and virtues.  It is used as a
word of respect to each other, but is more meaningful than
Mister.  It also means 'Honourable'.

Pranams or Namaskarams mean literally obeisances.  This
is used again towards elders and gurus.  The elders and
gurus use the word Aasirvadham which means best wishes
and blessings. 

Namaste is the word like Greetings.  It also means namaskrams
or pranams.  But this is used when one sees another person.

Ji is a appendix after the personal noun or name to indicate
respect.  It is like saying:  Non duel, sir !

All these words are either Sanskrit or Hindi words which are
freely used in Tamil and other Indian languages also.  If you want
classic Tamil words, which are not invariably used are:

Pranams /  Namaste -  Vanakkam
Ji - 'avargal'
Sri - 'Thiru' '

We can use to address Bhagavan as:

Bhagavan Ramana, Vanakkam
Bhagavan Ramana avargal
Thiru Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi.

Infact, the Tamil word Tiruvannamalai means Thiru-Annamalai.

Arunachala Siva.