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A Sanskrit word formed from the root drs (see, consider, understand, etc.) hence meaning “seeing,” “observing,” “experiencing,” etc., and by extension “viewpoint.” It is commonly used to refer to a philosophic point of view or doctrine, hence is sometimes translated “philosophy.” It may also be used to refer to the insights of a holy person — human or divine. In Hindi, the final a is dropped; it is sometimes used in that form in theosophical literature.

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