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  • n. A member of the first of the four castes of Hinduism, a sacerdotal class.


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  • The expanded passage that takes Madhvācārya's commentaries into account is: "Therefore, after having met the requirements for eligibility, the inquiry into brahman is to be undertaken."

    Deepak Sarma: Should Hindus Study Hinduism?

  • Not only were the brahmans the best educated Hindus they met, but also, more important, it was soon realized that among the Hindus the brahman was a much more "sacred" group than say the molla is among the Muslims, the rabbi among the Jews, or the priest among the Christians.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XI No 4

  • Anyway, you can take that same quote and wonder if it refers to bestiality and sucking a bull's penis - i.e., when they say "brahman," do they mean a member of the highest class of Hindus, or are they talking about a grayish, heat-resistant breed of Indian cattle?

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  • In other words, his perspective deviates from the core Vedic concepts of the individual atman as an emanation of the universal brahman.

    Michael Brenner: The Buddha As Icon

  • We didn't get it, we got a perfunctory, sound bite a day candidate who masked any personality he had to come off as a sober and boring Boston brahman.

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  • A few miles farther, the bus stopped while a herd of brahman bulls crossed the road, guided by cowboys.

    Cancun To Oaxaca - The Bus Ride Of 27 Pedicures

  • The Buddha, however, later chided Sariputta for not teaching the brahman to focus instead on investigating pain, for if he had, the brahman would have experienced nirvana and been freed from rebirth altogether.

    Educating Compassion by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

  • A brahman with a coconut is consulted for matching the horoscope of the bride and the prospective groom.

    Wedding rituals of the BHIL Tribals

  • The water, he adds, is the unmanifest brahman, the goose that rises from it is the manifest.

    The Best American Poetry 2008

  • The brahman—and here we descend into our own little linguistic mysteries—is the wild goose, which, the texts say again, according to Calasso, in rising from the water, it does not extract one foot.

    The Best American Poetry 2008


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  • Used figuratively to refer to a member of an elite class, such as "Boston brahman" Also brahmin.

    July 12, 2007