Yoga‟s Spiritual Roots
... best to ask your yoga teacher to recommend a translation that might suit your personality
at first and then go deeper into the study with other elaborate interpretations.
Is yoga a religion?
A religion defines God in terms of a specific faith (Bob Butera). Yoga is not a religion. It
does not dictate ...
Brihaspatideva (The Jupiter Planet)
... made of yellow flowers. He is expert in the Vedas and all Vedic scriptures and all forms of
knowledge. His mind and senses are disciplined and his intellect subtle. Attached to ritual,
he follows the path of righteousness. His metal is gold and gem Yellow sapphire or topaz.
Jupiter is the Lord of ...
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... The major and most popular Hindu texts include the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
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What are the major Hindu deities?
Hinduism believes that there is only one supreme Absolute called "Brahman". However, it does not ad ...
Guru (IAST: Guru) is a Sanskrit term that connotes someone who is a ""teacher, guide or master"" of certain knowledge. In pan-Indian traditions, guru is someone more than a teacher, traditionally a reverential figure to the student, with the guru serving as a ""counselor, who helps mold values, shares experiential knowledge as much as literal knowledge, an exemplar in life, an inspirational source and who helps in the spiritual evolution of a student."" The term also refers to someone who primarily is one's spiritual guide, who helps one to discover the same potentialities that the guru has already realized.The oldest references to the concept of guru are found in the earliest Vedic texts of Hinduism. The guru, and gurukul – a school run by guru, were an established tradition in India by the 1st millennium BCE, and these helped compose and transmit the various Vedas, the Upanishads, texts of various schools of Hindu philosophy, and post-Vedic Shastras ranging from spiritual knowledge to various arts. By about mid 1st millennium CE, archaeological and epigraphical evidence suggest numerous larger institutions of gurus existed in India, some near Hindu temples, where guru-shishya tradition helped preserve, create and transmit various fields of knowledge. These gurus led broad range of studies including Hindu scriptures, Buddhist texts, grammar, philosophy, martial arts, music and painting.The tradition of Guru is found in Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.In the West, the term is sometimes derogatory, referring to individuals who have allegedly exploited their followers' naiveté, particularly in certain tantra schools, self help and other new religious movements.