Nomadic peole who conqured the Dravidians
The eternal self or soul which is part of Brahman
- The incarnation of a Hindu
- deity, especially Vishnu, in human or animal form. There have been nine (an unfixed number
- depending on the source) avatars of Vishnu with one yet to come
–Part of Smriti scripture
–epic poem about Krishna appearing to the warrior Arjuna.
–Part of the Mahabharata
- –The Universe, of which everything is an
- indistinct part. Our goal is to dissolve into Brahman (nirvana).
- of Vedic/Shruti
- ancient Hindu religious prose texts that express the philosophy of sacrifice
- and comment on the Yajur Veda.
- One can only be released from the wheel by
- becoming a successful Brahmin
Experienced while worshiping images or idols
- individual obligation with respect to caste, social custom, civil law,
- and sacred law. Determined by your karma
- inhabitants of India who initially lived in Indus Valley and were later
- conquered by Indo-Aryans. We don’t have their writings.
- gods of fertility
- term that Gandhi used with reference to the untouchables. He was establishing a more charitable
- Vocational sub-castes to
- the major castes. Part of modern day culture
- tenth and last avatar of Vishnu, messianic.
- second highest of the four castes.
- of harvest, one will reap precisely as one sows, like a cosmic computer
- of Manu” (Manu being the first man) including caste laws, roles of men vs.
- women, rights of passage
- sacred epic Sanskrit poem of India dealing in many episodes with the struggle
- between the Pandava and the Kaurava families. Includes the Bhagavad-Gita.
- of reality apart from Brahman.
- –Release. (the event itself, at death, which leads
- to nirvana)
- –the oneness with Brahman-Atman which extinguishes
- any sense of individuality and is attained after one is released from the cycle
- of reincarnation.
- –Legends. (i.e. stories of early avatars of
- Vishnu) divided into 18 books
- of Rama, an avatar of the God Vishnu. He saves his wife from the demon Ravana
- species and circumstance determined by Karma from previous lives.
- ascetic holy man (monk).
- experience of oneness with Brahman-Atman attainable in this life, which leads
- to moksha
- – the endless series of
- births, deaths, and rebirths to which all beings are subject. AKA Reincarnation
- or Wheel
- is heard” Scripture containing primary revelation, or vedic
- scripture, basically fixed for 2000 yrs.
- Brahmanas, Aranyakas, Upanishads
- Mahabharata, Ramayana, Manusmriti, Vishnusmriti, Tantras
- –Servant caste: member of the lowest of the four
- major castes of traditional Indian society.
–Sittings near a teacher” or “to sit down near”
- –Ideas of reincarnation, identity between the soul
- and Brahman, etc.
- class. Third caste
- foundation of the Shruti. Derived
- from Aryan scripture.
- of rebirth. AKA reincarnation or samsara