Errors are possible:              
Latin: "errare humanum est."- "To err is human."
Only God is perfect.

Please help me to correct the mistakes  in this website,
                          specially in connection with Etymology - Thank You

Etymology is my hobby and I do interviews with "ordinary" people, ask, inquire, look, search, read. Therefore there are bound to be  some, perhaps many-  mistakes; however, my point of view is that Etymology is so very important that a few of us have to start to collect "words of depth" from around our beautiful planet and to share this knowledge, even if incomplete, and sometimes incorrect.

He who knows the Spirit of words knows Him.
                                                                  Kena Upanishad
             


A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language - Dealing with the origin of words and their sense development thus illustrating the history of civilization and culture.
     
                                                                                      Klein`s Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary.

If words are not rectified there will be confusion.
                                                                              Confucius

"´┐ŻWe not only speak but think and even dream in words. Language is a mirror in which the whole spiritual development of mankind reflects itself. Therefore, in tracing words to their origin, we are tracing simultaneously civilization and culture to their real roots."
                                Ernest Klein             

"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver."
                                                                     Proverbs 25:11, The Bible

" Language is the house of being."              
                                                        Heidegger
" Every word is magical."

" The real centre of knowledge is inner consciousness."             
                                                                                        William Blake

" Intercultural dialogue is the main force behind the spiritual development of mankind."

" Shall I tell you what knowledge is?  It is to know what one knows and what one does not know."    
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Confucius

"Only through respect of the word will man be educated towards maturity."
                                                                                                       Dag Hammarskj÷ld     1955, diary  

" Words  improperly used is equivalent to despising man."  
                                                                                 Dag Hammarskj÷ld

                    Man - Human Being


1 Greek: Anthropos: Looking above, searching.

2 Chad: Africa: Someone looking for something and taking all responsibilities upon himself.

3 Latin: Homo- Made of earth.

4 Japan: The spirit within

5 Hebrew. Nefaesch: Breath, soul, desire, to be sensible of.

6 Bantu: Africa: Muntu: The quick and the dead (ancestors), the gods.

7 China: Mien: Feeling, disposition, intellect, en-lightened, instructed.

8 Russian: Tschelowek: The one who has got eternity on his forehead.

9 Arabic,Persian,Turkish: Insan (ons-anisa,anis): Community, friendship.

10 Sanskrit: Manu, manushya - man, human being. Man- to think.
                     Manas: Heart, body, the thinking process, the spirit

11 Benin: In Fon: God`s creature

12 Tibet: Hgrowa-togo: to walk, to accompany, keeping company, to be liberated.

13 Senegal: Wolof : Those who are going to die

14 Mali: In Bambara: Moyo: God`s creature

15 Kenya: Suaheli: Mutu

1 The Great Being says:

Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value.
Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures,
and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.
                      Baha`u`llah

2 God`s greatest gift to man is that of intellect, or understanding...
   Man alone, among created beings, has this wonderful power.
                       Abdu`l Baha

3 Man is, in reality, a spiritual being,
   and only when he lives in the spirit is he truly happy.
                       Abdu`l Baha

4 Noble have I created thee.
                        Abdu`l Baha

5 All men have been created to carry forward an everadvancing civilisation.
                        Baha`u`llah

...That one, indeed, is a man who, today, dedicateth himself to the service of the entire human race.
                         Baha`u`llah

7 ...Man, the noblest and most perfect of all created things...                                 
                          Baha`u`llah
                                  


8 Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
                         Abdu`l Baha

9 How excellent, how honourable is man if he arises to fulfil his responsibilities;
   how wretched and contemptible, if he shuts his eyes to the welfare of society and wastes his
   precious life  in pursuing his selfish interests and personal advantages.
                          Abdu`l Baha

10 ...for man is the greatest member of this world.
                            Abdu`l Baha

11 The reality of man is his thought, not his material body.
                             Abdu`l Baha

12 If man did not exist, the universe would be without result,
                for the object of existence is the appearance of the perfection of God.
                                Abdu`l Baha

13 Man is said to be the greatest representative of God
     and he is the Book of Creation, because all the mysteries of beings exist in him
                                Abdu`l Baha

14 When the heart of man is aglow with the flame of love, he is ready to sacrifice all - even his life.
                                 Abdu`l Baha

15 The man of Whom we speak is not every man; we mean the Perfect Man.
     For the noblest part of the tree is the fruit, which is the reason of its existence.
                                 Abdu`l Baha

16 Man must walk  in many paths and be subjected to various processes in his evolution upward.
     Physically he is not born in full stature, but passes through
     consecutive stages of foetus, infant, childhood, youth, maturity and old age.
                                Abdu`l Baha

17 Man is a child of God; most noble,lofty and beloved by God, his creator.
                                 Abdu`l Baha

19 Great is the station of man.
                                 Baha`u`llah

20 We must now highly resolve to arouse...the dignity, value and station  of the entire human race.
                                 Abdu`l Baha

     What a piece of work is man;
    
                                  how noble in reason,
                  how infinite in faculties, in form and moving; 
                     how express and admirable in action;
                         how like an angel in  apprehension,  how like a god ,
                             the beauty of the world; the paragon of animals.
    
                                                                              William Shakespeare

Confucius
Science tells us:

Every human being has between fifty and one hundred trillion cells.
And each cell, because it is holistic, knows exactly what the other cells are doing.
And in each second, each cell has one billion  reactions going on.
And there is, as we can see, no confusion.

b. We have more possibilities of thought connections than there are atoms in the entire cosmos.

c. The stomach lining renews itself every four days.

d. The skin is new every month.

e. Our liver renews itself every six weeks.

f. "The skeleton that seems so solid was not there three months ago."

g.  Ninety-eight % of the atoms  my body were not there one year ago
  " It is as if you lived in a building whose bricks were systematically taken out and replaced every year."

h. The entire mind-body system is a network of information.

i.  Three million liters of blood go through my body every year.

                        
            Aren't we great, aren't we extraordinary ?


  Confucius, in "The Doctrine of the Mean" shows us the greatness of the moral law
                                                                                to which we human beings are subjected:

                           
                             " The moral law is to be found everywhere.
                               The moral man finds the moral law beginning
                                with the relationship of man and woman,
                                but ending in the vast reaches of the universe."


Man, according to Western "modern" science,
has been seen as a machine or a different animal, but not really as a divine being.
The German poet Friedrich Schiller (+ 1805), very powerfully,
explained the consequences  of such narrow, reductionist, materialistic thinking.

          " Everlastingly chained to a single little fragment of the whole, 
             man himself develops into nothing but a fragment;
             everlastingly in his ear the monotonous sound of the wheel that he turns;
             he never develops the harmony of his being,
             and instead of putting the stamp of humanity upon his own nature,
             he becomes nothing more than the imprint of his occupation or of
             his specialized knowledge."


Quantum Physics tells us that there is no time and no space; all is one one -

       this is also the knowledge of all traditional cultures:


1. All under heaven one family (China).                                                                                       

2. Consider the family of humankind one (Jains, India).

3. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam:  The world is one family (India).

4. There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free;
                                     there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Jesus Christ.

5. The whole  world is one nest  (Shinto).

6. Buddhism: ?

7. Let all mankind be thy sect                                                  (Sikhism).

8.. The earth is but one country and all its citizens are brothers and sisters?  
                                                                                                         Baha'i

9. Tawheed: God is one, and therefore mankind is one.     Islam