By Karel Werner
A multi-purpose reference paintings which may still turn into an critical spouse for anyone who comes into contact with Hinduism. contains a dictionary of Sanskrit and vernacular phrases; a word list of phrases and ideas; and a survey of the ancient improvement of Hinduism.
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A verse-by-verse exam of the advisor to self-transformation offered within the Bhagavad Gita
• unearths the clinical method of own improvement and non secular enlightenment specified by Krishna’s recommendation to Arjuna
• indicates how the Gita prepares you to paintings with a guru, advocating authenticity and skepticism instead of blind devotion and obedience
• Explores Krishna’s suggestion on which societal boundaries to reject to beat your fears and reconnect with the suppressed elements of your internal being
Drawing on his greater than forty years of in-depth research of Indian Philosophy below the tutelage of his guru, Nitya Chaitanya Yati, writer Scott Teitsworth explores the clinical method of self-transformation and non secular enlightenment encoded in Krishna’s recommendation to Arjuna within the Bhagavad Gita. supplying a verse-by-verse exam of the 1st chapters, he unearths the Gita’s classes to organize the seeker to fulfill and effectively paintings with a guru--whether an out of doors instructor or the intuitive wisdom that arises from overcoming the psyche’s discovered barriers.
The writer indicates that the Gita doesn't recommend blind devotion to a guru or god yet fairly own improvement, victory over your fears, and liberation of the psyche. He demonstrates how Krishna’s suggestion offers instruments to lead us out of our fear-based stories to reconnect with the suppressed components of our internal being. He explains how Arjuna’s doubts and confusions characterize the plight of each person--we are born unfastened yet progressively turn into slowed down through the calls for of our society, constantly depending on open air authority for solutions and disconnected from our precise internal nature. He unearths how Krishna’s suggestion deals counsel for facing life’s conflicts, which societal obstacles to reject, and the way to determine throughout the polarizing idea of excellent as opposed to evil to shape a balanced frame of mind more advantageous to either.
Restoring the fearless imaginative and prescient of the traditional rishis, who, like today’s scientists, prized skepticism as a tremendous process for having access to fact, Teitsworth unearths the Gita as a advisor to an genuine guru-disciple courting in addition to to developing a lifetime of importance, freedom, and precise sovereign maturity.
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Creating the Vedic civilization, used for themselves and which was once so used also by other IE nations (cf. Iran and Eire). It is often used instead of the designation IE, sometimes, not quite appropriately, with racial meaning. Āryaman (Av. Airyaman) one of the Ādityas, representing the quality of nobleness, hospitality, protection and generosity. Ārya Samāj a Hindu reform movement founded in 1875 by Dayānanda (1824– 83) with the motto ‘Back to the Vedas’, but under the influence of some liberal modern ideas, resulting from European type education introduced to India.
The earth; the Earth goddess. dharma righteousness, virtue, integrity; discipline; duty, caste duty; reality, truth, cosmic law; āśrama dharma: primary pursuit and duty appropriate to the stage of life (āśrama) one is in (a somewhat artificial Brahminic attempt to combine the scheme of four āśramas with that of four ): (1) the discipline of learning (brahmacarya) from and serving one’s teacher as a disciple INTRODUCTION 41 (brahmacāri); (2) sensory and aesthetic fulfilment (kāma) and the satisfaction of material and social ambitions (artha) as a householder ; (3) the discipline of renunciation and aspiration to achieve liberation as a forestdwelling hermit (vānaprastha); and (4) the final push for liberation as a homeless wanderer (parivrājaka, , ).
Wheel. Calendar had never quite been unified throughout India before the adoption of the European system. The basis of the Hindu year is a lunar month (which begins with the full moon in the North and with the new moon in the South), divided into the bright half , starting with the new moon, and the dark half , starting with the full moon. There are twelve lunar months divided into six seasons : Vasanta (spring): Caitra (March/April), Vaiśākha (April/ May); (hot season): (May/June), (June/July); (rainy season): (July/August), Bhādrapada (August/September); Śarad (autumn): Aśvinā, Aśvayuja (September/October), Kārttika (October/November); Hemanta (winter): (November/December), (December/January); Śiśira (frosty season): Māgha (January/February), Phālguna (February/ March).
A Popular Dictionary of Hinduism (Popular Dictionaries of Religion) by Karel Werner