Name Origin: Hindu
Name Gender: Female
in Hindu theology, "bliss," from Sanskrit ananda- "joy, glee, bliss," from stem of nandati "he rejoices," that is of unidentified beginning.
(Skr.) Joy, happiness, bliss, beatitude, connected into the considering many Indian philosophers with moksa (q.v.); a concomitant of perfection and divine consciousness (cf. sat-citananda). -- K.F.L.
Thirty-three verses ascribed to Ananda are preserved in a collection of lyrics by the principal male and female members of the order (Thera Gatha, 1017-1050).