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Saturday, April 6, 2013
Sanskrit Word in English: Baksheesh
The word "baksheesh" is usually used in English to mean a bribe, but the root meaning of the word is a tip or gift. The word comes from Persian bakshesh, and there is also a Sanskrit word bhiksha with the same meaning. In particular, the word can refer to charity given to beggars. You can read about baksheesh at Wikipedia.
There is also a Sanskrit word, bhikshatana, which means "wandering in search of bhiksha." The word is used to describe Shiva in his manifestation as a cosmic beggar, seeking alms. You can read more about Shiva Bhikshatana at Wikipedia.