Indian Arts and Culture Hinduism Sanskrit Words beginning with "N" Share Flipboard Email Print Hinduism Indian Arts and Culture India Past and Present Important Texts Temples and Organizations Hindu Gods Hindu Gurus and Saints By Subhamoy Das M.A., English Literature, University of North Bengal Subhamoy Das is the co-author of "Applied Hinduism: Ancient Wisdom for Today's World." He has written several books about Hinduism for children and young adults. our editorial process Subhamoy Das Updated November 09, 2017 Nada: Nada is the Sanskrit word for "sound" or "tone." Many yogis believe that nada is the hidden energy that connects the outer and inner cosmos. This ancient Indian system follows a science of inner transformation through sound and tone. Nadi (pl. Nadis) In traditional Indian medicine and spirituality, Nadis are said to be the channels, or nerves, through which the energies of the physical body, the subtle body, and the causal body are believed to flow. Namaskar/Namaste: Literally, "I bow to you," the greeting which acknowledges the Atman in another person. Nataraj: A depiction of the Hindu god Shiva as the cosmic ecstatic dancer--as lord of the cosmic dance. Navaratri: A nine-day Hindu festival devoted to the goddess Durga. This multi-day Hindu festival is celebrated in the autumn every year. Neti Neti: Literally, "not this, not this," the expression used to denote that Brahman is beyond all dualities and human thought. Nirakara: Translates as "Without form," referring to Brahman as Unmanifest. Nirguna: Translates as "Without gunas," without qualities, referring to Brahman as Unmanifest. Nirvana: Liberation, the state of peace. The literal translation is "blown out," referring to liberation from the samsaric cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. Nitya: "Obligatory," referring to aspects of religious practice that are mandatory. Niyamas : Yogic observances. Literally, Niyamas means positive duties or observances. They are recommended activities and habits that foster healthy living, spiritual enlightenment, and liberation. Poun Nyaya & Vaisheshika: These are related Hindu philosophies. In philosophical context, Nyaya encompasses propriety, logic, and method. The Vaisheshika school of Hinduism accepts only two reliable means to knowledge: perception and inference.