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Hinduism vocab

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Nirakara
without form
shruti
that which was heard
karma
an impartial principle of cause and effect whereby one's thoughts, words, and actions determines the character, nature, and status of one's life
shakti
energy, matter
atman
soul
asceticism
a systematic denial of bodily appetites or the pleasures of the flesh in order to strengthen one's mind or soul
samsara
the long cycle of birth, death, and rebirth during which the soul progresses toward liberation and enlightenment
smriti
worthy to be remembered
dharmashastras
a group of law books which provide detailed discussions about such matters as the purposes of life, the stages of life, and the caste system
sattva
essence, often represented as god
nirguna
without attributes
puja
worship at a small family shrine in which food and prayers are offered to a patron hindu deity in exchange for blessings
ahimsa
the principle of non injury or reverence for all
darshan
central to hindu worship, it literally means seeing or the exchange of gaze between the human and the divine
moksha
liberation from the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth