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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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08. VILLAGE ECONOMICS

8. VILLAGE ECONOMICS “The incessant search for material comforts and their multiplication is an evil. I make bold to say that the Europeans will have to remodel their outlook, if they are not to perish under the weight of the comforts to which they are becoming slaves.” M K Gandhi ( Young India, 1931) From […]

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11. HUGGING THE TREES

11. HUGGING THE TREES What does the forest bear? Soil, water and pure air. Soil, water and pure air Are the basis of our life. Chipko folk song Sunderlal Bahugana is a small, bright-eyed man with a laughing voice. His unassuming exterior conceals a strength and determination which has been a driving force behind Chipko […]

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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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12. AN ALTERNATIVE SOCIETY

12. AN ALTERNATIVE SOCIETY “If we forget the aim of human life and simply take supplies from the Lord for sense gratification and become more and more entangled in material existence, which is not the purpose of creation, certainly we become thieves, and therefore we are punished by the laws of material nature.” A.C. Bhaktivedanta […]

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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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Sarasvati

Download PDF: PCT-309 Sarasvati is the Goddess of Learning and the Arts, and is closely connected with all aspects of Hindu culture. Sarasvati has three main forms: As Vach (speech personified) As the Goddess of learning and the arts As the legendary river (now dried up) She is the daughter of Brahma, but became his […]

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ART-1206 The Life of Sahajanand Swami

Word document download: ART-1206 Sahajanand Swami, also known as Swaminarayan, was born in April 1781 in the small village of Chapaiya north of Ayodhya in the State of Uttar Pradesh India. In accordance with Indian custom on the sixth day after birth he was given his name, Ghanshyam. The boy’s father was Dharmdeva and his […]

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ART-1205 The Life of Chaitanya

Word document download: ART-1205 Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was born in Navadwip, situated on the bank of the holy Ganges River in Bengal, on February 18th 1486. The moon was eclipsed at the time, and the people were then engaged, as was usual on such occasions, in bathing in the River Bhagirathi with loud cheers of […]

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ART-1204 The Life of Madhvacharya (1239 – 1319 CE)

Word document download: ART-1204 Madhva one of the three preeminent Vedantic theologians; the others are Shankara and Ramanuja. Madhva was born around 1239 in a village called Pajaka, situated near the coast on the southerm part of the sate now called Karnataka. He was originally called Vasudeva. There are many references to his being an […]

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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 […]