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Eastern World Religions: Hinduism

Fogharty period 3 2011
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Puja
worship of the deities
Shakti
intense female energy of gods
Bhagauad Gita
hindu bible
Chakras
energy centers throughout the spine
Prana
The invisible life force
Kumdalin
potential/ latent spiritual energy
atman
a person's individual soul
Brahman
creator of all
Karma
all the actions that affect a person's fate in the next life
Dharma
worldly duty
maya
cosmic illusion
Samsara
the cycle of life and death
Moksha
The Hindu concept of the spirit's 'liberation' from the endless cycle of rebirths, to become one with God
Ta tvam asi
Thou Art God
salt in water
atman in body but invisible
four stages of life
Student, Householder, Retired, Spiritual Pilgrim
four wants
pleasure, worldly success, duty, liberation
yoga
a method by which an individual may become united with the Reality
namaste
the God in me bows to the God in you
Samadhi
God realization transcendent experience of the mind
Vishnu
protector of the universe, wife: Lakshami. Has four arms, holds a conch shell, lotus flower, a discuss and a club
Rama
Ideal man, myth, name means "Joy"
Shiva
destroyer of the universe, dancing- showing energy flowing through the world. Parvarti is his wife
Avatar
Vishnu sends down energy for a human to be a savior when the world needs it
Ravana
king of the demons. could not be killed be a god so killed by Rama. kidnapped Sita
Lakshama
means "guardian", younger brother of Roma
Hanuman
the monkey god
Krishna
avatar of vishnu, often surrounded by cows and milkmaids, hero, performed many miracles
Parvarti
wife of Shiva, mixture of good and evil, kali and mother goddess
Kali
goddess of destruction who puts all end to illusion, wisdom and insight necessary to accept death as a natural process. Black one, frightening appearance
Ganesha
god of good luck and wisdom. he is the prime remover of obstacles, patron of learning
Saravati
Brahmin's wife, goddess of art, music and literature
OM
represents the three "really" wants and mimics the sound of the energy of God
Swastika
symbol of good luck
Lotus Flower
symbolizes enlightenment
Cows
sacred animal to the hindus
Ramayana
A Hindu epic written in Sanskrit that describes the adventures of the king Rama and Sita
mahabharta
One of the great epic poems of India that reflects the struggles of the Aryans as they moved south into India
the three REALLY wants
infinite being, infinite awareness, infinite bliss
Ganesha's objects
lasso- capture evil, blessing hand, sweet meats- sweetness of life, and axe
Shiva's objects
discus- circular energy, weapon against evil, Mundra- compassion,generosity, Tilak- body is a temple, looks like a U on the forehead, conch- symbolizes OM, balanced awareness, lotus- symbolic of spiritual conciousness, mace- war club,