Sanskrit Word of the Day – PURNA

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Language is such an important part of the human experience. Carefully chosen words can inspire and elevate our mood and spirit. Poetry, novels, and books provide a portal into imaginary realms where anything is possible and we are not bound by the physical laws of nature.

Sanskrit, the original language of yoga, is a language of consciousness and truth describing realms and states of being beyond the ordinary. For me, sanskrit is one of the most beautiful, profound, and transformative languages on the planet. Based on vibration, sanskrit words note only convey meaning, they also produce harmonious effects on the subtle or energetic body awakening chakras and latent human capacities for unconditional love, unity consciousness, and extraordinary virtue.

Purna is a perfect example of a word that contains truth. Purna has several meanings one of which is fullness and refers specifically to the moon. In English, we have the word moon and various words for phases of the moon- full moon, new moon, etc. The sanskrit word for moon contains the truth of the moon- the moon is always full.  Despite what we see with our eyes- a unidimensional shape in the sky which changes, the sanskrit word points to the truth- the moon is always full. The changing reflection we see is deceptive; revealing the sun’s reflection on the surface of the moon. The truth is the moon is always full.

The deeper meaning of purna is wholeness or perfection. This refers to the source of all life and the deepest essence of the human heart.  The human heart is perfect, whole, and complete needing nothing for its fulfillment. When we come to know this truth in ourselves, we experience relationships from a place of wholeness and gradually we let go of grasping to external objects, experiences, and relationships to complete us.

This is the teaching of the sanskrit word purna and it is a truth that I contemplate regularly to remind me of the truth of who I am and the power of thinking, speaking and acting from a place of wholeness.


Farah Nazarali is a yoga teacher and Trainer, podcast producer and advocate of yogic practices that support healing. She is the founder of Drishti Point Yoga Podcasts and has spent hundreds of hours interviewing and studying with Master Teachers. She currently teaches workshops, Retreats, and Trainings and is host of In Conversation: the Podcast of Banyen Books and Sound. In her spare time, she can be found ocean bathing or forest-gazing in her home in Nanaimo BC.