Hinduism Study Guide
Hinduism Study Guide Relg 102 H01
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Danielle Gibson Relg Intro to World Religions Dr Alex Snow Chapter Notes 9815 VVVVVVVVVVV VVVV VVVV Chapter 3 Hinduism Notes Terms Asana Yogic Posture Ashram A usually ascetic spiritual community of followers gathered around their guru Atman The indiVidual soul Avatar An incarnation of a deity Bhakti Intense devotion to a personal manifestation of Supreme Reality Brahman The Supreme Reality Brahmin priest or member of the priestly cast Caste An occupational category Chakra A subtle energy center in the body Darshan Visual contact With the diVine Deva a deity O Devas are the controlling forces in the cosmos deities Who consecrate every part of life 0 The major devas included m god of thunder and bringer of welcome rains Agni god of fire m associated With a sacred drink and Ushas goddess of dawn O Devas included both opaque earth gods amp transparent deities in the sky and celestial realms 0 The sages perceive one unseen reality The reality Which is beyond human comprehension ceaselessly creates amp sustains everything that exists encompassing all of time space and causation Dharma Moral order righteousness religion 0 Translated in English to simply mean religion but refers to a broad complex of meanings including duty natural law social welfare ethics health wealth Dower fulfillment of desires and transcendental realization Guru spiritual teacher Kali Yuga The present degraded era Karma Our actions and their effects on this life and livers to come Mantra A sound or phrase chanted to evoke sound Vibrations of one aspect of creation or to praise a deity Moksha Liberation Prana The inVisible life force Puja Ritual worship Reincarnation After death rebirth in a new life gt Rishi A sage 0 Through the discovery of meditative practices leading to higher states of consciousness experienced the presence of an infinite reality beyond conventional awareness as experienced through the five senses O Discovered they could find Brahman as the subtle self or soul Atman within themselves Shaivite Worshipper of Shiva Shakta Worshipper of the divine in female form Samsara The worldly cycle of birth death rebirth Sannyasin Renunciate spiritual seeker Sanskrit The ancient language of the Vedas Secularism The constitutional principle of not giving favored status to any religion Sutra Terse spiritual leader Tantra A sacred esoteric text with spiritual practices honoring the divine in female form Upanishads The philosophical part of the Vedas Vaishnavite Worshipper of Vishnu or one of his manifestations such as Krishna Vedas Revered ancient scriptures O Oldest of the Vedic scriptures among the oldest of the world s existing scriptures is the Rig Veda It praises and implores the blessings of the devas I Rig Veda is the first of four collections of the Vedas O Other three are I Brahmans directions about performances of the ritual sacrifices to the deities I Aranyakas forest treatises by sages who went to the forest to meditate as recluses I Upanishads teachings from highly realized spiritual masters gt Yoga Practices for union with the true self VVVVVVVVVVV
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