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ananda

[ah-nuh n-duh] /ˈɑ nən də/
noun, Hinduism.
1.
perfect bliss.
Compare Sat-cit-ananda.
Origin of ananda
From the Sanskrit prefix ānanda- joy, happiness

Ananda

[ah-nuh n-duh] /ˈɑ nən də/
noun
1.
flourished early 5th century b.c, favorite disciple of Gautama Buddha.
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  • Hear what he says to ananda, the beloved disciple, who is mourning over Thariputra.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • ananda is a better boon companion, He is not so morose as Devadatta.S.

    The Buddha Paul Carus
  • When we sent out Devadatta and ananda, they became attached to the life of a hermit.

    The Buddha Paul Carus
  • To this, ananda promptly replied: “I ask not for caste, but for water.”

    Human Life Sherwood Sweet Knight
  • Daranatha asserts that a disciple of ananda reached Cashmir.

  • He signally failed in his attempt to draw ananda to his side.

    The Life or Legend of Gaudama Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
  • ananda was gazing at them with silent but enraptured feelings.

    The Life or Legend of Gaudama Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
  • He called ananda and said that he wanted some medicine to relieve him from pain.

    The Life or Legend of Gaudama Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
British Dictionary definitions for ananda

Ananda

/əˈnændə/
noun
1.
5th century bc, the first cousin, favourite disciple, and personal attendant of the Buddha
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Word Origin and History for ananda
n.

in Hindu theology, "bliss," from Sanskrit ananda- "joy, happiness, bliss," from stem of nandati "he rejoices," of unknown origin.

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