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Aṇu (Skt., ‘tiny, minute’). In Vaiśeṣika, a point in space without dimension which evolves from the subtle elements (tanmātras). Aṇus are eternal, invisible, and intangible, and are in a constant state of disintegration and reintegration. The material universe is evolved through the coming together of aṇus. There are four basic paramāṇus which are the essential components of earth, water, fire, and air. These correspond to the mahābhūtas of other Indian philosophical systems. In Kashmir Śaivism, aṇu is the soul or basic particle of Śiva. For the application among Terapanth Jains, see BHIKṢU, ĀCĀRYA.

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Australian National University

Australian National University, located in Canberra and state-sponsored, founded 1946 as Australia's only completely research-oriented university. Originally limited to graduate studies, it expanded in 1960, merging with Canberra University College (est. 1929). In 1992 it combined with the Canberra Institute of the Arts and began offering degrees in art and music. The university is particularly known for its Institute of Advanced Studies, which includes 10 specialized scientific research schools, and has law and medical schools. It boasts one of the largest libraries in Australia.

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