from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The ambrosia, prepared by the Hindu gods, that bestows immortality.
- n. The immortality achieved by drinking amrita.
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- n. The water of life
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Immortality; also, the nectar conferring immortality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Hindu mythology, the ambrosia of the gods; the beverage of immortality, that resulted from the churning of the ocean by the gods and demons.
Traditions has it that this fount is the fons juventutis whose waters can be equated with the 'draught of immortality' -- amrita in Hindu mythology.
Thou art, O deity, all amrita, and the most adored
And the gods, their object fulfilled, for they had obtained the excellent amrita, with Vasuki ahead, approached the Grandsire.
And the immortals who guarded the amrita, blinded by that dust, could no longer see Garuda.
They who had practised penances and observed excellent vows for amrita now seemed to be eager seekers after amrita (celestial ambrosia).
I am sent by the snakes to fetch the excellent amrita.
Eating that fierce elephant which looketh like a huge mountain and resembleth a mass of dark clouds, bring thou amrita. '
Sauti continued, 'The snakes, hearing him, said,' Bring thou amrita by force.
And the gods, of incomparable strength, energy, and splendour, resolved to protect the amrita.
Therefore, O worshipful one, point out to me some other food, by eating which, O master, I may be strong enough to bring away amrita by force.