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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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05. THE COSMIC PERSON

5. THE COSMIC PERSON “Oh King, the rivers are the veins of the Cosmic Person and the trees are the hairs of his body. The air is his breath, the ocean is his waist, the hills and mountains are the stacks of his bones and the passing ages are his movements.” Srimad Bhagavatam 2.1.32-33 The […]

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STO-317 – Stories of Sarasvati

STO-317-sec Once Lord Brahma was attending a yajna (sacrifice). It is traditional that for a married man his wife should always sit next to him during the yajna, otherwise it won’t bear fruit. Additionally, yajnas were only expected to be successful if started at an auspicious moment, as determined by the respective positions of the […]

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STO-118 – The Sacrifice of the Purusha (creation)

STO-118-sec Vishnu, as soul of the entire cosmos, manifests innumerable universes from the pores of his skin and from his breathing. He then enters each universe, as the universal soul. From his navel springs a lotus flower, upon which is born Brahma. Brahma performs austerity and creates the world from sound beginning with the Gayatri […]

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(T) Stories of Sarasvati

STO-317 Once Lord Brahma was attending a yajna (sacrifice). It is traditional that for a married man his wife should always sit next to him during the yajna, otherwise it won’t bear fruit. Additionally, yajnas were only expected to be successful if started at an auspicious moment, as determined by the respective positions of the […]

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Mantras

Selected Mantras Download word document: Mantras The Gayatri Mantra MAN-01 Let us meditate on the most excellent light of the creator (the sun); May he guide our intellect Rig Veda 3.62.10 A different translation of this same mantra is included on the primary Audio-CD, track 13, and is as follows: I meditate on the sun […]

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Surya

Download PDF: PCT-312 The sun is one of the five deities worshipped by the Smarta tradition. These five are Vishnu, Shiva, Devi, Ganesh and Surya. Worship of the sun goes back to ancient times. The ancestors of Rama came in the Surya vamsha (dynasty of the sun) and the Sun was their worshipable deity (note: […]

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Brahma

Download PDF: PCT-301 Brahma is one of the trimurti, He presides over raja-guna (the quality of passion) and is in charge of universal creation. He was born atop the lotus emanating from the navel of Vishnu. He is also called Svayambhu, the ‘self-born’, and is the first living being within the universe. Brahma is also […]

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HINDU BIRTH AND CHILDHOOD CEREMONIES

Word document download: FCT-0603 There are a number of ceremonies before birth, namely the purification of the womb (prior to conception) and two ceremonies during pregnancy. After birth, there are further samskaras and we list below seven of the most important. Keep in mind that specific practices and the timings vary considerably and that today […]

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PRAYER AND MANTRA

Word document download: FCT-0303 Within the Hindu tradition there is no clear distinction between prayer, the chanting of mantras and the singing of songs and hymns. A mantra is a standard phrase consisting of a number of syllables. It is often chanted repetitively a fixed number of times. At the beginning of each mantra there […]

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THE GAYATRI MANTRA

Word document download: FCT-0302 ‘Mantra’ means “that which delivers the mind” and denotes a prayer or phrase consisting of sacred words. Mantras are usually in Sanskrit and are often recited repetitively. There are numerous Gayatri mantras but the main one, of twenty-four syllables, is sometimes called ‘Savitri’. Many Hindus recite the mantra as part of […]

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ART-0522 Pushkar

Pushkar: The Place of Lord Brahma Pushkar is the only prominent site connected to Brahma, the creator. According to Vedic tradition, the empowered creator of the universe, Lord Brahma, chose Pushkar as a site for his temple and it has attracted sages and ascetics for thousands of years. Once Lord Brahma desired to have a […]