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Glossary: L

laddu





a traditional Indian sweetball, made with chickpea flour, butter, and sweetener.
Laghu-bhagavatamrita





Srila Rupa Gosvami’s systematic presentation of the philosophy of Srimad-Bhagavatam, a presentation based on Brihad-bhagavatamrita. The basic thesis of Laghu-bhagavatamrita is that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
lakh





one hundred thousand.
Lakshmana





The eldest of Lord Ramachandra’s three younger brothers. He faithfully followed Rama and Sita into forest exile and stood by Rama’s side throughout the struggle to defeat Ravana.
Lakshmi (-devi)





The eternal consort of the Supreme Lord Vishnu. She presides over the infinite opulences of Vaikuntha, and her partial expansion dispenses opulences in the material world; money.
Lakshmi-kanta





Lord Vishnu, the beloved husband of the goddess Lakshmi.
Lakshmi-Narayana





expansions of Radharani and Krishna worshiped in the mood of awe and reverence, as in the Vaikuntha planets.
Lalita





One of Srimati Radharani’s intimate friends, who are Her principal expansions, the original potencies behind all spiritual and material creations. Being a little older than Radharani, Lalita often advises Her on proper behavior.
Lanka





The demon Ravana’s island kingdom (or, also, his capital), often identified with the modern country Sri Lanka. Ravana’s kingdom was demolished by Lord Ramachandra’s army.
laulyam





greed; usually refers to intense desire to see Krishna.
League of Devotees
a short-lived precursor to ISKCON established by Srila Prabhupada in India prior to coming to America.
lila





“Pastimes,” the eternal activities of the Supreme Lord in loving reciprocation with His devotees. Unlike the affairs of materially conditioned souls, the Lord’s lilas are not restricted by the laws of nature or impelled by the reactions of past deeds. Finite souls who enter those lilas also become completely free.
lila-avataras





Incarnations of the Supreme Lord who descend specifically to display pastimes in this world.
lila-smarana





“Remembrance of the Supreme Lord’s pastimes,” an elevated internal form of devotional service that can be rightly practiced only by those whose hearts are thoroughly pure.
Loi Bazaar





a shopping district in Vrindavana specializing in devotional items.
Lokaloka





The immense mountain range that separates the part of the universe illumined by the sun (loka) from the outer regions of darkness (aloka).
lotus feet
With the lotus regarded as an emblem of beauty in the material world, the term “lotus” is accepted to describe the all-pure and all-attractive feet of the Supreme Lord or His pure devotee.