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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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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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13. RESTORING THE FORESTS OF VRINDAVAN

13. RESTORING THE FORESTS OF VRINDAVAN “Krishna brought forward the cows and played on His flute through the forest of Vrindavan, which was full of flowers, vegetables and pasturing grass. The Vrindavan forest was as sanctified as the clear mind of a devotee and was full of bees, flowers and fruits. There were chirping birds […]

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Scriptural Verses D (secondary audio CD)

Scriptural Verses D (secondary version) Section D – Verses Spoken on the Audio CD The following is a transcript of the verses on the Audio CD (Tracks 4-10), along with the accompanying narrative. There may be slight differences from the spoken version. Track 4 All but one of the following verses are from the Bhagavad […]

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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-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-204 – The Story of Draupadi (assertiveness and compassion)

STO-204-sec Draupadi was the daughter of Maharaja Drupada. The king performed a great sacrifice under the superintendence of the sage Yaja. By his first offering, Dhrishtadyumna was born. At Kurukshetra, he killed Drona, his father’s arch enemy. By the second offering, Draupadi was born. An aero-message declared that she was born for the destruction of […]

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Songs

Selected Songs/Bhajans Download word document: Songs There are four songs listed here, as follows: The Arti Song (“Jay Jagadish Hare”) A Popular Hindi Bhajan – “Krishna Jinka Nama Hai” A Bengali bhajan – “Bhaja Hure Mana” A song in praise of Krishn2, the Butter Thief Numbers 1 and 3 feature of the Audio-CD, the tracks […]

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ART-1203 The Life of Ramanuja (1017 – 1137 CE)

Word document download: ART-1203 Ramanuja is one of the three preeminent Vedantic theologians; the others are Madhva and Shankara.  Shri Ramanuja is known as the greatest exponent of Vishishtadvaita Vedanta (qualified monism). He appeared around 1017 A.D in a pious brahmana family. His birthplace is a small village some 25 miles southwest of Madras (now […]

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ART-1202 The Life of Shankara (788-820 CE)

Word document download: ART-1202 Shankara was born to a brahmin couple, Shivaguru and Aryamba, in a little village called Kaladi in Kerala. The couple had remained childless for a long time, and prayed for children at the temple of Shiva in the nearby town of Trichur. Shiva is said to have appeared to the couple […]

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ART-0512 Kurma-kshetra: The land of the Tortoise Incarnation

Word document download: ART-0512 This site is important to the Vaishnava traditions (especially the Shri Vaishnavas and the Gaudiya Vaishnavas). The story of Lord Kurma can be found on the CD-Rom, code number STO-302. There is a temple here dedicated to Lord Kurma, the tortoise incarnation of the Lord. This temple is said to be […]

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ART-0509 Jaipur: The Pink City and Residence of Radha Govindaji

Word document download: ART-0509 Jaipur is a holy place for worshippers of Krishna.  Jaipur Deities and Temple The great-grandson of Krishna, Vajranabha, had three deities of Krishna carved. He never saw Krishna, so the deities were carved according to the description given by Uttara, the mother of Maharaja Pariksit, who succeeded Maharaja Yudhisthira. However none […]

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ART-0503 Chidambaram

Word document download: ART-0503 Chidambaram is most closely related to Shiva in his form as Nataraja (See the Teachers’ Book, pages 48 and 52). Chidambaram Temple is in South India. ‘Cid’ means ‘consciousness’ and ‘ambaram’ means “expanding skies”. ‘Chidambaram’ can be translated as ‘expanding consciousness’. Chidambaram is a home of famous Nataraja, Shiva as the […]

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THE FESTIVAL OF JANMASHTAMI

Word document download: FCT-0404 Janmashtami celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. ‘Janma’ means ‘birth’ and ‘ashatami’ means ‘the eighth day’. Krishna was born on the eighth day of the dark fortnight of the month of Shravana. By the western calendar, Janmashtami falls in August or at the very beginning of September. Krishna was born at […]

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ART-0527 Tirupati

Tirupati/Tirumala: A Glimpse of the Opulence of God Tirumala is where the Venkateshwara (Shri Balaji) Temple is located. Tirumala is located twelve miles from Tirupati on Vyenkata Hill at an altitude of 2,800 feet. The Venkateshwara temple is 414 feet long, 263 feet wide and covers an area of 2.2 acres. “Venkateshwara” means “The Lord […]

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ART-0532 Vrindavan

Vrindavana: The Land of Krishna Vrindavana, along with the nearby city of Mathura is most intimately connected with Krishna. Vrindavana is one of the most important holy places in India because this is where Lord Krishna performed his childhood lila (pastimes). Krishna’s father Vasudeva brought him here from Mathura out of fear of King Kamsa. […]