Ashram - A usually secluded residence of a religious community and its guru
Baba - father; grandfather; wise old man; (referenced by Marilyn MacLeod)
Bhajan - literally means "sharing". It also refers to any song with religious theme or spiritual ideas, in a regional Indian language. A Bhajan has no prescribed form, or set rules, is in free form, normally lyrical and based on melodic ragas
Kirtan - is closely related to Bhajan, with both sharing common aims, subjects, musical themes and being devotional performance arts. A Bhajan is more free in form, and can be singular melody that is performed by a single singer with or without one and more musical instruments. Kirtan, in contrast, differs in being a more structured team performance, typically with a call and response musical structure
Mandir - temple building. "abiding place" or dwelling." It is the home of the god worshipped there. The main services at a mandir are at sunrise and sunset.
Om shanti - This mantra means peace for the all the human kind, peace for the universe, peace in all dimensions, peace for all nonliving and living beings (sentient beings), peace for each and every thing in this whole cosmic manifestation
Satchidananda - Alice’s guru early on, Sri Swami Satchidananda Saraswati - founded Integral Yoga. Satchidananda—"truth, consciousness, bliss", is an epithet and description for the subjective experience of the ultimate, unchanging reality in Hinduism called Brahman
Shakti - “power” , female presence in divine energy; the concept or personification of the divine feminine aspect, sometimes referred to as 'The Divine Mother'. Shakti represents the active, dynamic principles of feminine power. (referenced by Purusha)
Swamini - a Hindu female religious teacher
Turiyasangitananda - “the Transcendental Lord’s highest song of Bliss”
Vedic - Of or pertaining to the Vedas (meaning knowledge)—a large body of texts originating in the ancient Indian subcontinent. Composed in Vedic Sanskrit, the texts constitute the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism and are considered authorless.