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ParaBrahman' means GODHEAD

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smaranam, maybe you can provide a sparsha-by-sparsha (alphabet/dhatu/ Word-roots) analysis of the word:




Will such an analysis point to the definition of "Supreme Peronality of Godhead" ?




Hare Krshna Bhaktajan Ji,


I accidentally came across this definition of ParaBrahman' and remembered

your question (in another thread).



Beautifully explained in this wikepedia article.



For the sanskrit breakdown, please read paragraph titled "CONCEPTUALIZATION".


para = beyond. It is consistent with BG 14.27.


Further, it goes on to say : "The Absolute Truth is both subject and object, so there is no qualitative difference. Terms like Parameshvara, Ishvara, Bhagavan, Brahman, Paramatma are held to be synonymous with ParaBrahman."


Interpretations by various sects are also explained.


Tum Purana ParamAtmA , Tum antaryAmi,

PArabrahman' , Parameshwar, Tum sabke Swami,

OM Jay Jagadish Hare


In one video of this aarti, at the point where the line

" Parabrahman' Parameshwar" is sung, it shows Damodar being chased by Yashoda holding a stick. Very cute.

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Thank you for your work.


My ulterior motive for asking is the dissuade others (anti & non-vaishnavas) from reaching other conclusions/interpretations of the word "Parabrahman".


I am seeking a total analysis of the seperate Letters & the combined meaning of the Roots that compose the word "Parabrahman"


I cannot yet fill-in the traditional meanings of:


Pa =

para =

parah =

Ra =

Rah =

Ram =


Br =


Brah =

ma =

man =

mana =


It is a task that I too will eventually resolve.

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Godhead (Christianity)

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In Christianity, the term Godhead is a form of the word "godhood", and denotes the divine character of the Christian God. The term the Godhead may also be used as a title for God, or the Trinity.


Though somewhat archaic, the term survives in modern English because of its use in three places of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible. In that translation, the word was used to translate three different Greek words: Acts 17:29 (θεῖον theion, an adjective meaning "divinity, deity"[1]); Romans 1:20 (θειότης theiotēs, a noun meaning "divinity, divine nature"[2]); and Colossians 2:9 (θεότητος theotētos, a noun meaning "deity"[3]). In the later Neoplatonic mystical tradition (in Pseudo-Dionysius, for example), the term θεαρχία thearchia is used.[4]


In Mormon theology, the term is used in place of Trinity to refer to God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. The substitution reflects the fact that though Mormonism is nontrinitarian, in that the three persons of the Trinity are not considered to have one substance, yet they are considered "one God" in the sense of their united purpose, will, and attributes. See Godhead (Latter Day Saints). This usage is rare within Trinitarian Christianity.

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In the Dutch language, the term 'Godheid' is used, and in German it is 'Gottheit'. Semantically, these terms most closely resemble the English term 'Godhood' or 'Godness' or 'being God' or simply 'God'. The English term 'Godhead', however, could also mean 'head (or hood) of God', which might actually be a better translation of the Sanskrit word 'Bhagavate' or 'Bhagavan'..:



Srimad Bhagavatam 5.25.12


murdhany arpitam anuvat sahasra-murdhno

bhu-golam sagiri-sarit-samudra-sattvam

anantyad animita-vikramasya bhumnah

ko viryany adhi ganayet sahasra-jihvah




murdhani -- on a hood or head; arpitam -- fixed; anu-vat -- just like an atom; sahasra-murdhnah -- of Ananta, who has thousands of hoods; bhu-golam -- this universe; sa-giri-sarit-samudra-sattvam -- with many mountains, trees, oceans and living entities; anantyat -- due to being unlimited; animita-vikramasya -- whose power is immeasurable; bhumnah -- the Supreme Lord; kah -- who; viryani -- potencies; adhi -- indeed; ganayet -- can count; sahasra-jihvah -- although having thousands of tongues.




Because the Lord is unlimited, no one can estimate His power. This entire universe, filled with its many great mountains, rivers, oceans, trees and living entities, is resting just like an atom on one of His many thousands of hoods. Is there anyone, even with thousands of tongues, who can describe His glories?



Srimad Bhagavatam 6.16.48


yam vai svasantam anu visva-srijah svasanti

yam cekitanam anu cittaya uccakanti

bhu-mandalam sarshapayati yasya murdhni

tasmai namo bhagavate 'stu sahasra-murdhne




yam -- whom; vai -- indeed; svasantam -- endeavoring; anu -- after; visva-srijah -- the directors of the cosmic creation; svasanti -- also endeavor; yam -- whom; cekitanam -- perceiving; anu -- after; cittayah -- all the knowledge-gathering senses; uccakanti -- perceive; bhu-mandalam -- the huge universe; sarshapayati -- become like seeds of mustard; yasya -- of whom; murdhni -- on the head; tasmai -- unto Him; namah -- obeisances; bhagavate -- the Supreme Personality of Godhead, full with six opulences; astu -- may there be; sahasra-murdhne -- who has thousands of hoods.




My dear Lord, it is after You endeavor that Lord Brahma, Indra and the other directors of the cosmic manifestation become occupied with their activities. It is after You perceive the material energy, My Lord, that the senses begin to perceive. The Supreme Personality of Godhead holds all the universes on His heads like seeds of mustard. I offer my respectful obeisances unto You, that Supreme Personality, who has thousands of hoods.


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Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figurehead"


In politics, a figurehead, (by metaphor with the carved figurehead at the prow of a sailing ship), is a person who holds an important title or office yet executes little actual power, most commonly limited by convention rather than law. Common figureheads include constitutional monarchs, such as: Queen Elizabeth II[1][2], the Emperor of Japan, or presidents in parliamentary democracies, such as the President of Israel.

While the authority of a figurehead is in practice generally symbolic, public opinion, respect for the office or the office holder and access to high levels of government can give them significant influence on events. An example would be Emperor Hirohito's involvement in World War II. In those systems of government where the Head of State is in practice a figurehead, they are also generally the titular commanders in chief of the nation's defence forces, rather than the Head of Government.

Sometimes a figurehead can be exploited in times of emergency. For example, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi used the figurehead President of India to issue unilateral decrees that allowed her to bypass parliament when it no longer supported her.

The word can also have more sinister overtones, and refer to a powerless leader who should be exercising full authority, yet is actually being controlled by a more powerful figure behind the throne.

The tendency of this word to drift, like many words that are in a strong process of changed meanings, into the pejorative is beginning to make it unsuitable to apply to a head of state with limited constitutional authority, such that its use may become increasingly inappropriate in referring to monarchs and presidents in parliamentary systems.




See also

Head of state is the generic term for the individual or collective office that serves as the chief public representative of a , , , or other kind of . His or her role generally includes personifying the continuity and legitimacy of the state and exercising the political powers, functions and duties granted to the head of state in the country's and laws. In the head of state is often thought of as the official "leader" of the nation.

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