Sometimes Sages of India used words in Sanskrit or devotional words and scriptural texts. This Glossary provides some insight into those.

  • Bhajan

    Devotional Song. A Bhajan is any type of Indian devotional song. It has no fixed form: it may be as simple as a mantra or kirtan or as sophisticated as the dhrupad or kriti with music based on classical ragas and talas. It is normally lyrical, expressing love for the Divine.  The Dhrupad style, Sufi qawwali and the kirtan are related to bhajanBhajans by Kabir, Mirabai, Surdas, Tulsidas and a few others are considered to be classic.

  • Varkari

    The Varkaris are mystics and devotees of India's Maharashtra state, founded by the sage Jnanesvar (1275-96) and invigorated by the last leading historical figure of the movement, Poet-Saint-Sage Tukaram (1607-49).

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