the Hindu term for each of the four stages of life: student, householder, hermit, and homeless wanderer.
in Hinduism, the individual soul or life-force; the self or innermost nature of every living being.
Sanskrit poem tell the story of Krishna and suggesting a religious path
the Creator deity ad first member of the Triad of Hindu gods
the abstract, impersonal Absolute, the Supreme Spirit
A hierarchical social structure of South Asian Society originating with Hinduism, but now permeating all religions and communities on the subcontinent.
the action a person should do to maintain proper functioning of the world
a Hindu spiritual mentor or head of a sect, order or institution.
the law of consequence with regard to action
incarnation of Vishnu, but for many, more important than Vishnu
a meditation device made up of a sequence of sounds
a process of contemplation usually undertaken in a structured manner
"Setting free," liberation," generally seen as the goal of the spiritual life in Hinduism. Release from Samsara, the cycle of death and rebirth.
a collection of 1,028 hymns addressed to various deities to be recited during rituals. It is the oldest text in India and traditionally Hinduism's most sacred.
the continuous process of birth and death for life after life in many different forms and conditions of existence.
one of the most important gods of Hinduism, as destroyer. It completes the Triad with Brahma and Vishnu.
texts in the Vedic tradition, influential in the development of Hindu thought. Upanishads means "a sitting down close to a Guru."
literally, "knowledge," a body of literature regarded as the source of Hinduism, directly, "heard" at the beginning of the world-cycle by inspired sages.
one of the most important of the Hindu gods, the protector of the universe, and the second of the Triad.
the means of techniques for transforms consciousness and attaining liberation from Karma and rebirth by transforming the mind.