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Glossary

Glossary Many proper names are listed under this glossary with the link reference. These include names of places, people, festivals, organisations, and sacred texts. A Adi Shankara – well-known theologian and founder of the advaita school. Also called Adi Shankaracharya. Advaita – non-dualism, the name of the theology equating the soul with God. Advaitin – […]

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01. INTRODUCTION; THE BANYAN SEED

1. INTRODUCTION; THE BANYAN SEED “I am the seed of all existence. There is no being, moving or still, that exists without Me.” Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita There was once a cobbler who lived a simple and honest life. He was a poor man and had to work hard to support his wife and […]

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06. THE TEN AVATARS

6. THE TEN AVATARS The ten incarnations of Vishnu are a recurrent theme in Vedic history. Vishnu exists outside the material realm as the creator, and he exists within every being as the Supersoul. He also enters this world as avatar, ‘one who descends’, to restore balance whenever his presence is needed. His descent is […]

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(T) Arjuna’s Dilemma on the Battlefield (dilemmas)

STO-701 This passage give some background information to the Battle of Kurukshetra and the difficult situation Arjuna faced prior to that great conflict. It also serves to show how the Bhagavad Gita came to be spoken. For more information, please refer to “The Heart of Hinduism” Teachers’ Book pages 126-127. The Mahabharata explains how Dhritarashtra […]

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Prayers (primary version)

Prayers (primary version) (word document download) Hindu Prayers Keep in mind that many Hindu songs, poems and mantras are also a form of prayer, and you may consult the corresponding material on this CD-Rom. It is also important to note that some of these prayers will need to be adapted for use with or by […]

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Prayers (secondary version)

Prayers (secondary version) (word document download) Keep in mind that many Hindu songs and poems are also a form of prayer, and you may consult the corresponding material on this CD-Rom. Prayer for liberation and enlightenment From the temporary lead me to the eternal! From darkness lead me to light! From death lead me to […]

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STO-701 – Arjuna’s Dilemma on the Battlefield (dilemmas)

STO-701-sec This passage give some background information to the Battle of Kurukshetra and the difficult situation Arjuna faced prior to that great conflict. It also serves to show how the Bhagavad Gita came to be spoken. For more information, please refer to “The Heart of Hinduism” Teachers’ Book pages 126-127. The Mahabharata explains how Dhritarashtra […]

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STO-501 – The Decent of Mother Ganga

STO-501-sec King Sagar, the ruler of Ayodhya was of the Surya dynasty, and an ancestor of Rama. He performed the Asvamedha sacrifice ninety-nine times and each time the horse he sent around the earth returned to his kingdom unchallenged. Indra, the King of the Devas (gods), was jealous and during the hundredth sacrifice, he kidnapped […]

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STO-503 – The Lifting of Govardhana Hill

STO-503-sec Krishna and Balarama saw that the cowherd men were preparing for a sacrifice to petition and placate Indra, the King of heaven, who is responsible for supplying water. A pure devotee of Lord Krishna doesn’t have to perform any of the ritualistic functions enjoined in the Vedas; nor is he required to worship any […]

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STO-504 – The Story of Vaishno Devi

STO-504-sec To know the history of the Vaishno Devi temple we must go back to Treta Yuga when virtuous people were tormented by the Asuras (demons) Ravana, Kumbakarna, Khardushan and others. The demigods decided to create a divine personality, in the form of a girl, for their protection. To do this, they pooled the spiritual […]

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STO-313 – Durga Kills the Buffalo Demon

STO-313-sec Story 1 (short version) In the ancient times, a demon called Mahishasura earned the favour of Lord Shiva after a long meditation. Shiva, pleased with the devotion of the demon, blessed him with a boon that no man or deity would be able to kill him. Empowered with the boon, Mahishasura began his reign […]

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STO-314 – Stories of Krishna

STO-314-sec The Birth of Krishna Once upon a time, Vasudeva, the son of King Surasena, just after marrying Devaki, was going home on his chariot with his newly wedded wife. The father of Devaki, known as Devaka, had contributed a sizeable dowry out of affection toward his daughter. He had given hundreds of chariots decorated […]