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varnam

The name of this blog is varnam, which means color in Sanskrit. It has many other meanings as well.

The word for color in Sanskrit is ‘varNa’ (वर्ण) and it actually signifies quality, one of them being color. It is also used for the letter of the alphabet (quality of sound), the alphabet being called varNa-mAlA (वर्ण-माला, letter-garland). Gold is called su-varNa (सुवर्ण, सु=good, beautiful; वर्ण=color, quality ). The four personality types are called वर्ण as well – ब्राह्मण, क्षत्रिय, वैश्य, शूद्र (brAhmaNa, kShatrIya, vaishya, shUdra) which are the thinkers, administrators, business and working class of a society by professions, but they are based originally on personality types, qualities of a person.[how colorful is your life? – colors in sanskrit]

3 Responses to varnam

  1. Balaji September 17, 2010 at 6:22 am #

    ah, in a coincidence, Javarava has written about the four colored tantric rituals here.

  2. Practical Sanskrit September 22, 2010 at 12:57 am #

    glad you found it useful. :)

  3. seadog4227 September 22, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    Refer Taittiriya Upanishad for other meanings of varna. eg. “Varna svaraha” which means varna is also the tone or timbre of sound (voice).

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