Terms-Hinduism: Sanatana Dharma Very Important Key Terms

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Brahman
Ultimate reality-a Hindu expression of monism (one single reality)
Avatar
An incarnation (in the flesh) of a god or God
Brahmin
The highest priestly caste
Trimurti
Consists of Brahma (the deity responsible for creation), Vishnu (the deity responsible for the preservation of creation, Shiva (the deity responsible for destruction)
Murti
The manifestation of the deity in a particular form
Darshan
the state of seeing and being seen by the deity
Dharma
Religious moral duty
Ahimsa
Concept of non-violence
Samsara
The cycle of life, death and rebirth
Maya
The illusory forms of the created world (delusion)
Gunas
The qualities of the created world
Moksha
Liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth (Samsara)
Yoga
The different paths to moksha
Bhakti Yoga
The path of devotion
Jnana Yoga
The path of knowledge
Karma Yoga
The path of ethical actions
Karma
The law of action
Atman
The self or soul, sometimes seen as identical with Brahman
Pap
Sin-anything that causes mental, spiritual, or physical harm to other beings
Punya
Holiness/spiritual excellence, good deeds
Shakti
Divine feminine creative power