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Gadä a club.
Gadädharé the Supreme Lord, carrier of the club.
Gajendra the king of the elephants. He was saved from a crocodile by Lord Viñëu and awarded liberation.
Gändhäré the saintly, faithful wife of King Dhåtaräñöra and the mother of one hundred sons.
Gandharvas demigod singers and musicians.
Gaëeça the demigod in charge of material opulence and freedom from misfortune. He is a son of Lord Çiva and the scribe who wrot e down the [Mahäbhärata].
Ganga the Ganges River .
Gäïjä marijuana.
Garbhädhäna-saàskära the Vedic ceremony of purification to be performed by parents before conceiving a child.
Garbhodaka Ocean the body of water that fills the bottom part of each material universe.
Garbhodakaçäyé Viñëu the second Viñëu expansion, who enters each universe and from whose navel grows a lotus upon which Lord Brahmä appears. Brahmä then creates the diverse material manifestations.
Garga Muni the family priest for the Yadu dynasty.
Garuòa Lord Viñëu's eternal carrier, a great devotee in a birdlike form.
Garuòa Puräëa one of the eighteen [Puräëas,] or Vedic historical scriptures.
Gauòéya-Mädhva-sampradäya the Vaiñëava disciplic succession of bona fide spiritual masters coming through Çréla Madhväcärya and Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu; the followers in that tradition.
Gauòéya Vaiñëavas devotees of Lord Kåñëa coming in disciplic succession from Lord Caitanya Mahäprabhu.
Gauòéya Vaiñëava-sampradäya the line of spiritual masters descending from Lord Caitanya.
Gauracandra the "golden moon," Lord Caitanya Mahäprabhu.
Gaurakiçora däsa Bäbäjé the disciple of Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura who was the spiritual master of Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura.
Gaurakåñëa [See:] Caitanya Mahäprabhu
Gaura-pürëimä the appearance day of Lord Caitanya.
Gaurasundara the beautiful, golden-compleioned Lord, Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu.
Gäyatré mantra the Vedic prayer chanted silently by [brähmaëas] at sunrise, noon and sunset.
Ghee clarified butter.
Giridhäré the Supreme Lord, Kåñëa, the lifter of Govardhana Hill.
Giriça [See:] Çiva
Go-däsa a servant of the senses.
Godhead the ultimate source of all energies.
Gokula [See:] Våndävana
Gokuleçvara Lord Kåñëa, the master of Gokula.
Goloka Våndävana (Kåñëaloka) the highest spiritual planet, Lord Kåñëa's personal abode.
Gopa-jäti [See: Vaiçyas]
Gopäla the Supreme Lord, Kåñëa, who protects the cows.
Gopäla Bhaööa Gosvämé one of the six Vaiñëava spiritual masters who directly followed Lord Caitanya Mahäprabhu and systematically presented His teachings.
Gopé-jana-vallabha the Supreme Lord, Kåñëa, who is dear to the [gopés].
Gopés Kåñëa's cowherd girl friends, who are His most surrendered and confidential devotees.
Gopéçvara [See:] Çiva
Gosvämé a controller of the mind and senses; the title of one in the renounced, or [sannyäsa,] order.
Govardhana a large hill dear to Lord Kåñëa and His devotees. Kåñëa held it up for seven days to protect His devotees in Våndävan from a devastating storm sent by Indra.
Govinda the Supreme Lord, Kåñëa, who gives pleasure to the land, the senses, and the cows.
Govinda däsa Öhäkura an author of important Vaiñëava songs.
Grämya-karma mundane activities.
Gåhamedhé a materialistic householder.
Gåha-vrata one attached to the material duties of family life.
Gåhastha regulated householder life; the second order of Vedic spiritual life; one in that order.
Gujarat a province in north-western India .
Guëa-avatäras Viñëu, Brahmä and Çiva, the presiding deities of the three modes of nature.
Guëas the three modes, or qualities, of material nature: goodness, passion and ignorance.
Guru a spiritual master.
Guru-dakñiëä a disciple's gift to his spiritual master, collected by begging and given as a token of gratitude.
Guru-kula a school of Vedic learning. Boys begin at age five and live as celibate students, guided by a spiritual master.
Guru-püjä worship of the spiritual master.

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