Glossary Of Sanskrit Terms C-F

Dahl – dried beans such as urad or mung or the soup made therefrom.
Daihika – the bodily necessities of life.
Daityas – demons; a race of demons descending from Diti.
Daivas – the demigods or godly persons.
Daiva-varnasrama – the social system given by God for the upliftment of mankind. [See also: Varnasrama].

Let me ask you a few simple questions: Do you exist at this moment? Did you exist five years ago? Are you your body? Most people would answer “yes” to all three questions. But if you identify your body as yourself, and simultaneously accept that you exist now and also existed five years ago, then you have a problem: The body you had five years ago does not exist today. There is a dynamic turnover of atoms and molecules which make up your body. There isn’t a single particle of matter—not one atom—present in your body today that was present five years ago. The body you have today is not the same body you had five years ago. It’s not that the body you had still exists but has now changed somewhat. No. The body you had is gone. That collection of atoms appearing as flesh, bone, blood, hair, and so on no longer exists. Yet you still exist.
Science of Identity Foundation – Siddhaswarupananda

Daivi Maya – the Lord's divine deluding potency, the material energy.
Daksa – one of the sons of Brahma and a chief progenitor of the universal population.
Daksayani – Sati, the daughter of Daksa and wife of Lord Siva.
Daksina – a disciple's gift to his spiritual master, collected by begging and given as a token of gratitude.
Dama – control of the senses.
Damodara – Lord Krsna in His pastime of being bound by mother Yasoda.
Dana – charity, one of the six duties of a [brahmana].
Danavas – a race of demons.
Danda – a staff carried by those in the renounced order of life.
Dandavats – respectful obeisances, falling flat like a rod.
Daridra-narayana – "poor Narayana," an offensive term used by Mayavadis to equate poor men with the Supreme Lord.
Dasa-avataras-ten pastime – incarnations of the Supreme Lord.
Dasavatara-stotra – the introduction to Jayadeva Gosvami's [Gita-govinda].
Dasaratha – the father of Lord Ramacandra.
Dasarha – the founder of one branch of the Yadu clan.
Dasa-vidha-samskara – the ten Vedic household rituals for purification, performed one by one from the time of conception until death.
Dasya-rasa – the servitor relationship with the Lord.
Dasyu-dharma – the occupational duty of rogues and thieves.
Dattatreya – the incarnation of the Supreme Lord who appeared as the son of Atri Muni and taught the path of mystic [yoga].
Deity of the Lord – the authorized form of Krsna worshiped in temples.
Demigods – universal controllers and residents of the higher planets.
Demons – impious beings who do not follow the instructions of the Lord.
Deva – a demigod or godly person.
Deva-dasis – female singers and dancers employed as servants of the Deity.
Deva-gana – a type of demigod.
Devahuti – the daughter of Svayambhuva Manu who was the wife of Kardama Muni and the mother of Lord Kapila.
Devaki – the wife of Vasudeva and mother of Lord Krsna.