A division in Hindu society based on one's position in life, determined by birth into that group.
The basic religion of India, marked by contemplation and self-denial for religious reasons.
The transpersonal ultimate divine reality, primal source of the universe and ultimate goal of all beings.
The Hindu god who is the Creator
The Hindu god who is the Preserver.
The Hindu god who is the Destroyer
Belief that the whole of reality is in God
A collection of philosophical and mystical texts dealing with Atman and Brahman; they are appended to the Vedas and are a major part of the Hindu Scriptures considered to have divine origin.
The true self or soul of each individual, the soul being divine and eternal and beyond the ego or personality.
A state in which a person is united with his or her deepest self, Brahman.
Rebirth into a higher or lower form of life according to how well or how poorly a previous life was lived.
Release from the endless cycle of rebirth.
a spiritual director, teacher, guide in the Hindu tradition
Law of Karma
the moral law of cause and effect; the Hindu connection between how one acts and the consequences for those actions.
A system of physical and mental discipline designed to achieve a spiritual purpose.
a practitioner of yoga
A popular and important incarnation of Vishnu.
The Hindu goddess who destroys evil
Four collections of religious material containing prayers, ritual, liturgy, hymns, and spells and charms of a popular nature.
A collection of writings for priests containing directions for sacrifice.
A book of Hindu Scripture containing the story of the Lord Krishna, who is the source of the manifestations of Vishnu.
Hindu sacred life-cycle rituals.