San jaya prime the smell of a storm


Shook at Starhill Gallery offers a diverse fusion menu, with the kitchen playing around with Japanese, Chinese, Italian and western cuisine. Its open-kitchen concept allows you to see the chefs hard at work as they create tantalisingly inventive dishes most easily described as delicious. Standouts include goat’s cheese coated with roasted pistachios - an appetiser we simply could not get enough of - and the medallion of grain-fed beef with pan-fried foie gras – a main worth going back for time and time again. The restaurant also has an impressive walk-in wine cellar with over 3,000 bottles of premium and vintage label wines, plus a jazz band to keep diners entertained as they enjoy their food and drinks.

Charu : A preparation of boiled rice, milk, sugar and ghee, to be offered into the fire for gods; a sattvic dietary regimen usually taken by yoga-practitioners and celibates. Havishya.
Charvaka : The Indian materialistic school, also known as Lokayata (“restricted to the world of common experience”). Its central teaching is that matter is the only reality, and sense perception is the only valid means of knowledge or proof. Therefore sense satisfaction is the only goal. Charya : Activity; mode of behavior; a way of life–as in brahmacharya.
Chela : Disciple.
Chetana : Consciousness. Whereas chaitanya is the principle of pure consciousness, chetana is consciousness occupied with an object. It is this “consciousness” that Buddha rejected as an obstacle.
Chidakasha : “The Space (Ether) of Consciousness.” The infinite, all-pervading expanse of Consciousness from which all “things” proceed; the subtle space of Consciousnesss in the Sahasrara (Thousand-petalled Lotus). The true “heart” of all things.
Chinmaya : Full of consciousness; formed of consciousness.
Chinta : Enquiry; thought; discussion.
Chintana : Thinking; reflecting.
Chit : Consciousness (that is spirit or purusha); “to perceive, observe, think, be aware, know;” pure unitary Consciousness.
Chitraratha : The chief of the gandharvas.
Chitshakti : Power of consciousness or intelligence.
Chitta : The subtle energy that is the substance of the mind, and therefore the mind itself; mind in all its aspects; field of the mind; field of consciousness; consciousness; mind-stuff. Chittashuddhi : Purification of the mind; purity of conscience.
Chitta-vritti-nirodha : Cessation of the modifications of the mind; control of thoughts; Patanjali’s definition of Yoga.
Crore : Ten million.
Dacoit : A violent thief who preys on travellers, sometimes killing them.
Daityas : Demons who constantly war with the gods. Sometimes “races” or nationalities who acted contrary to dharma and fought against the “aryas” were also called demons (daityas or asuras).
Daivim : The state of a deva or “shining one;” the quality of those positive souls who are progressing toward divinity.
Dakshina : Gift; priestly gift; sacrificial fee.
Dakshinamurti : A name for Lord Shiva as the silent teacher. Vedic Religion declares that in every cycle of creation God manifests as Dakshinamurti and becomes the guru of the first human beings–those who were most spiritually evolved in the previous creation– teaching them the path to liberation (moksha).
Dakshinayana : “The southern way/path.” The solar year is divided into two halves. The dakshinayana, beginning on the summer solstice (June 21), the first day of summer (also called dakshinayana) is when the sun appears to begin moving southward for the next six months. See Uttarayana.
Dama : Self-control; control of the senses; restraint.
Damaru : A small, hand held drum with two heads that is sounded by twisting the wrist and causing a ball tied to its middle to rhythmically strike the heads alternately.
Dana : “Giving;” gift; charity; almsgiving; self-sacrifice; donation; generosity.
Danava : A demon; an evil spirit.
Danda : Stick; staff; rod; particularly the staff carried by a sannyasi; punishment; chastisement. Darshan : Literally “sight” or “seeing;” vision, literal and metaphysical; a system of philosophy (see Sad-darshanas). Darshan is the seeing of a holy being as well as the blessing received by seeing such a one.
Darshana : “Seeing” in the sense of a viewpoint or system of thought. The Sad-darshanas are the six orthodox systems of Indian philosophy: Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Sankhya, Yoga, Mimamsa, and Vedanta.




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