Karma - Hinduism Today
... describes the karma of the jnani, the knower, who, as Rishi
Patanjali says, is established in kaivalya, freedom from prakriti
through realization of the Self. Similarly, one's karma must be
in a condition of ashukla-akrishna, quiescent balance, in order
for liberation to be attained. This equivalenc ...
Intro - Hymns and Chants
... The texts considered “Vedic” in the sense of “corollaries
of the Vedas” is less clearly deﬁned, and may include numerous post-Vedic texts such as the later Upanishads and
the Sutra literature. Texts not considered to be shruti are
known as smriti (Sanskrit: smṛti; “the remembered”), or
texts of reme ...
File - Adam H. Andrae
... first using the word. (Wikipedia) It covers 28 chapters about Buddha from birth to death and is
based on information that was autobiographical and about Buddha that was known at the time.
Theme is the second category to look at when analyzing texts. Theme as defined by
dictionary.com is “A subject o ...
Hinduta and the California History Textbook Scandal (November
... many more rights than women. Unless there were no
sons in a family, only a man could inherit property.
Only men could go to school or become priests.”
Replace first sentence with, “Men had different
rights and duties than women,” and add after last
sentence, “Women’s education was mostly done at
Varanasi City of Light
... but only one Ultimate Reality, Hinduism "resists definition and rejoices
As noted in The World's Religions: Understanding the Living Faiths, "The
term Hindu comes from the word coined by the ancient Persians to
describe those who lived opposite them on the other side of the Indus
Relevance of Hindu Dharma
... knowledge of the great truth which upholds all things…. From
the light of this knowledge alone can the life of a human being be
harmoniously adjusted in all its various aspects.” Therefore a
right understanding and knowledge of Dharmic laws in nature
and its earnest and effective application in our ...
Misrepresentation of Ancient India and Hinduism in American
... 3.1 Factual errors: The textbooks were replete with blatant errors giving wrong
information about the most elementary facts related to India and Hinduism. I want to
emphasize that the examples given below are not exhaustive, but merely a sample of the
errors found in these textbooks.
The OUP textboo ...
Women in Hindu Dharma- a Tribute
... In household religious ceremonies even today, it is not uncommon to see women
take the lead role in organizing the entire function. There is no domestic ritual in which
women cannot participate, whereas there are several popular Hindu rituals where the
presence of men is either debarred, or is not d ...
Hindu American History and Culture
... 2. As Hindu peoples have immigrated to America, what events, beliefs, & practices shaped their identity? How
have those beliefs and practices changed in coming to America?
3. What are the major works of Hindu sacred texts? Explain a major Hindu belief from each of those sections, and
which groups/se ...
The Story of Hinduism
... and puts on one that is new, the
Spirit leaves his mortal body and
then puts on one that is new.
(Bhagavad Gita 2.22)
All life, according to Hinduism, is
governed by a law of birth, death, and
rebirth: all life must return to the world
after death. This law is called the Wheel
of Life, or samsara, a ...
or, How to Invent a World Religion
... and “Hinduism” were used in the same way on both sides of the divide—as markers of
religious and cultural identity and as agents of standardization.4 There are modern
implications of this usage to which I shall return. But there are several features of this
brief semantic history that are indicative ...
Real Questions - Hindu American Foundation
... fashionable accessory for Hindu females of all ages, regardless of their marital status.
Traditionally, bindis were red or maroon in color, circular in shape, made of vermilion paste
(kumkum), and applied with the ring finger of the right hand. Today, bindis come in all
shapes, sizes, and colors and ...
A Glimpse of India - Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA
... Veda Mantra numbered 5-60-5 in Rig Veda declares, “All men are brothers; no one
is big, no one is small. All are equal.” Mantra numbered 16.15 in Yajur Veda
reiterates that all men are brothers; no one is superior or inferior.
Hindu scriptures speak only about ‘varna’ which means to ‘select’ (one’s
The Rise of ‘‘Hinduism’’; or, How to Invent a World
... Such talk of a ‘‘proliferating jungle’’ to characterize Hinduism militates against the
attempt to make of it the sum of parts (namely, the various denominations) that
differ from each other only incidentally. Indeed, it is talk that evokes diversity,
profusion, difference, even chaos. It indicates t ...
from 1200 BC to 300 CE
... MAHABHARATA whose composition started in 9th or 8th
The Gita is a brief text, of 700 verses found between chapters
25 and 42 of the Mahabharata
The Gita is made up of 18 chapters divided into three sections
of 6 chapters each.
The Mahabharata itself contains 110,000 couplets, or 2 ...
File - Stephanie Kimbrel MSN Portfolio
... Purity is an important value for Hindus. The two terms for purity are Suddha and Sauca.
Suddha relates to the image of the human body in its most pure, perfect and desired state of
being. Suaca means “pure” but relates more to personal cleanliness (Coward & Sidhu, 2000).
General Hindu tradition favo ...
A religion of the book? On sacred texts in hinduism
... great majority of the people we retrospectively identify as “Hindu” have been
deliberately excluded from the Veda, and for most of this period we have little means
of knowing whether such people accepted its authority. In ancient India, the
maintenance of the Veda’s exclusivity was largely dependent ...
... many Western scholars maintain that the IndoEuropeans migrated from Central Asia in about 2000
B.C.E., some scholars think that the migration began in
about 6000 B.C.E.—and from other regions (possibly
the areas near Turkey). The work of these scholars suggests that it was a peaceful migration, poss ...
1 Hinduism versus Monotheism Mohan R. Limaye Professor
... the 9th century) propounded a theory more accurately named “monism” (advaita).
Monism, in rather over-simplified terms, means that the only “reality” is one, namely,
Brahman, roughly translated as “the universal soul.” On the other hand, monotheism
refers to the belief in one God. Monists (advaita-v ...
Developing an Ecofeminist Ethic Within the Hindu Tradition Corey
... separate that which is considered pure and sacred from that which is
considered impure and profane. This is an issue relevant to people,
objects, and physical spaces. Hindus can be rendered ritually impure
due to everything from a death in the family to a woman’s monthly
menstruation. The result of ...
... poet, or ri'-shi (seer), and his descendants; hence they are aptly
called “family books”. Book III is attributed to the family of
Vishvamitra, IV to that of Vamadeva, V to that of Vasishtha.
The hymns in books I and X are all composed by different
families. The ninth consists exclusively of hymns ad ...
Introduction: Hinduism in Time and Space
... As Western cultures developed greater interest in India—especially as the British sought
control of India’s commerce beginning in the
eighteenth century—understanding the Hindus and their religion became more important
to the West. Both Western administrators and
Christian missionaries considered it ...
Study Guide for Students The Hindu Traditions: A Concise
... life, as does the next chapter on gender and the life cycle. We will observe how the
relatively simple stratification of Aryan society transmuted into the exceedingly complex
caste system. Spurred by the same dynamics that prompted speculation about the nature
and destiny of human beings, what was o ...
1 - Esamskriti
... British. Thereafter, it has stuck due to the ignorance of its followers. The term ‘ism’
refers to an ideology e.g. Marxism, socialism, communism, imperialism and capitalism
but the Hindus have no such ‘ism’. Hindus follow the continuum process of evolution;
for the Hindus do not have any unidirectio ...
Hinduism - WordPress.com
... principles. It was compiled over several centuries beginning from the first half of the first
millennium BCE i.e. 500 BCE, reaching its established form by the first century CE, though still
being formulated by the fourth century. The original author of the text was the sage Vyass who
composed 7,000 ...
Anglo-Hindu law refers to the laws enacted during the British colonial era, which applied to the Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs of British India.The first phase of Anglo-Hindu law started in 1772, and lasted till 1864, where translation of some ancient Indian texts along with textual intepretation provided by British court appointed Hindu Pandits were the basis of Anglo-Hindu law, mirroring Anglo-Muslim law extracted from Quran and interpreted by Muslim Qadis for Indian Muslims. The second phase of Anglo-Hindu law started in 1864, and ended in 1947, during which a written legal code was adopted, and the Hindu Pandits along with Muslim Qadis were dismissed due to growing inconsistencies in interpretation of texts and suspicions of corruption. Anglo-Hindu law was expanded with a series of British parliament Acts between 1828 and 1947, that was based on political consensus rather than religious texts.