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Short poem that illustrates the expectations Hinduism made for individuals and the promise of salvation that it held out to them; Self-contained Mahabharata; Dialogue between Arjuna(kshatriya warrior going into battle) and Krishna(human incarnation of Vishnu)
The most popular of the three Hindu paths to salvation. emphasizing loving devotion to one's chosen god or goddess.
One of three Hindu paths to salvation, emphasizing knowing the true nature of reality through learning and meditation.
Sanskirt: "the path of works." One of the three Hindu paths to salvation, emphasizing performing right actions according to dharma.
A collection of 1,017 Sanskrit hymns composed about 1500 BC or earlier; Hinduism's oldest sacred text.
A trance-like state in which self-consciousness is lost, and the mind is absorbed into the ultimate reality; the culmination of the eight steps of Yoga
a system of Hindu philosophy and one approach within Jnana Marga asserting that reality comprises two distinct categories: matter and eternal selves
Any of a group of philosophical treatises contributing to the theology of ancient Hinduism, elaborating on the earlier Vedas.
The third of the four classes of the caste system, made up of producers, such as farmers, merchants, and artisans.
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