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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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Extras – Further Reading

Extras – Further Reading This selection focuses on books for teachers and for student research. A more comprehensive list (with ISBNs) features on the CD-Rom within the Heart of Hinduism Resource Pack. Academic Books (especially for secondary RE teachers and Libraries) Hinduism – A Short Introduction by Klaus. K. Klostermaier (Oneworld, Oxford) A Concise Encyclopedia […]

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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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02. THE WORLD FOREST

2. THE WORLD FOREST “Forest, at one level, means the world. It includes the whole creation. You are also part of that forest. It is not that you are outside the forest. You can re-order it, but you cannot by-pass it.” Banwari The traveller in India soon learns to appreciate the ancient trees which often […]

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09. LIFE OF SACRIFICE

9. LIFE OF SACRIFICE Everything within this world is possessed by God. He pervades both the animate and the inanimate. Therefore one should only take one’s fair share, and leave the rest to the Supreme. Isa Upanishad 1 Although Gandhi’s ideas were never put into practice by the rulers of India after independence, they are […]

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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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(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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Scriptural Verses B – Core Values and Virtues

Scriptural Verses B (word document download) Verses on Core Values and Virtues Please also refer to the section on proverbs for further relevant verses. In here, there are four main categories, namely: A. Godly / Spiritual Qualities (general) B. Demonic / Materialistic Qualities (general) C. Specific Virtues D. Miscellaneous A. Godly / Spiritual Qualities (general) […]

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Further Resources

Academic Books (especially for Secondary RE teachers and Libraries) A Very Short Introduction to Hinduism by Kim Knott (Oxford University Press) ISBN: 0-19-285387-2 A succinct and accessible introduction to the tradition Hinduism – A Short Introduction by Klaus. K. Klostermaier (Oneworld, Oxford) ISBN: 1-85168-220-1 A Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism by K. K. Klostermaier (Oneworld, Oxford) […]

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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 […]