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Nāma is the Sanskrit for "name". Spiritually, it is the principal method or tool of meditation, which is meant to unite the soul with the Supreme Soul.

It is believed that God existed before the creation of the universe. The name of God is therefore beyond the language structure created by mankind. The Nām meaning the name is the internal rhythm, the internal sound that a man experiences, the true name of God, and thus ultimate Japa, as it is called in Hinduism, or Jaap in Sikhism.

In Thai naam (น้ำ) can also mean water, though this is pronounced and spelled differently from naam (นาม) which is used—directly from Pali/Sanskrit—to mean 'name' or 'noun'.

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