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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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07. KRISHNA, THE FOREST COWHERD

7. KRISHNA, THE FOREST COWHERD When Krishna played his flute to call the cows, the river stopped flowing, her waters stunned with ecstasy. Instead of swimming or flying, the cranes, swans, ducks and other birds closed their eyes and entered a trance. The cows and deer stopped chewing, their ears raised. They became motionless like […]

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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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Incarnation 08 Balaram – The Cowherd

Incarnation 8 Balaram – The Cowherd Five thousand years ago Lord Krishna appeared in India. He and His elder brother Balaram, live in the rural village of Vrindavan on the river Yamuna. Both brothers were exquisitely beautiful, with black hair like the clusters of crows’ feathers and eyes like lotus petals. The only difference between […]

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STO-322 – Sakshi Gopal (the murti)

STO-322-sec (The Witness for the Wedding) There once lived in Vidyanagar, South India, two Brahmins who decided to go on a pilgrimage. One brahmin was young and poor. The other was old and wealthy. The young man served the old man and made his trip as comfortable as possible. First they visited Gaya, then Kashi, […]

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STO-308 – the Eighth Avatar; Balarama the Cowherd

STO-308-sec Five thousand years ago Lord Krishna appeared in India. He and His elder brother Balaram, live in the rural village of Vrindavan on the river Yamuna. Both brothers were exquisitely beautiful, with black hair like the clusters of crows’ feathers and eyes like lotus petals. The only difference between them was in colour. Krishna […]

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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 […]

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(E) Sakshi Gopal (the murti)

STO-322 Sakshi Gopal (The Witness for the Wedding) There once lived in Vidyanagar, South India, two Brahmins who decided to go on a pilgrimage. One brahmin was young and poor. The other was old and wealthy. The young man served the old man and made his trip as comfortable as possible. First they visited Gaya, […]

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(P) Stories of Krishna

STO-314 The Birth of the Blue God Adapted from the book, “Hindu Stories” written by Anita Ganeri and published by Evans Brothers. Reproduced with permission. On the banks of the Yamuna River in India, lay the kingdom of Mathura, which was ruled over by wicked King Kamsa. The king was unjust and unpopular but nobody […]

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(P) the Eighth Avatar; Balarama the Cowherd

STO-308 Five thousand years ago Lord Krishna appeared in India. He and His elder brother Balaram, live in the rural village of Vrindavan on the river Yamuna. Both brothers were exquisitely beautiful, with black hair like the clusters of crows’ feathers and eyes like lotus petals. The only difference between them was in colour. Krishna […]

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Krishna

Download PDF: PCT-305 Krishna is often considered the eighth incarnation of Vishnu. Many think him to be God himself, and the terms Vishnu and Krishna are often used synonymously. He is perhaps the most popular deity, especially in North India and within the UK. Krishna is depicted with two hands, usually playing his flute. He wears […]

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11. Krishna

Download PDF: PCT-011 Krishna Krishna was born over 5,000 years ago. Krishna’s birthday is called Janmashtami. It comes near the end of the summer holidays (in August or September). Krishna was born in India, in a town called Mathura. He had a wicked uncle called Kamsa. Kamsa wanted to kill Krishna. Therefore, Krishna’s father sent […]

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ART-1208 Mirabai – The Life of Mirabai

Word document download: ART-1208 Some 500 years ago Raja Ranjit Singh was a ruler of Kurkhi in Rajasthan. He was a good ruler and was loved by his people. He has a beautiful daughter called Mira. When Mira was about five years old, a wedding procession passed by the palace. The asked her mother “where […]

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ART-0529 Ujjain: The Gurukula (school) of Lord Krishna

Word document download: ART-0529 Ujjain is one of the main Kumbha Mela sites. See the Teachers’ Book, pages 72, 78 (Sandipani Muni painting) and page 101 (Mathematics). See also STO-320, the story of the turtle incarnation. According to the Aranya Parva of the Mahabharata, Ujjain is one of the seven sacred cities (dhamas) known as […]

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ART-0517 Naimisharanya

Word document download: ART-0517 Naimisharanya is perhaps the most famous of the sacred forests. It is connected with Lord Brahma (Teachers’ Book, pages 34,48). For information on circumambulation see page 59, and for information on Vyasa and the Vedas, see pages 30,124. Naimisharanya is the spot where the Bhagavat Purana was spoken by Suta Goswami […]

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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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THE FESTIVAL OF HOLI

Word document download: FCT-0402 Holi is perhaps the most rowdy and notorious of all Hindu festivals. It occurs on the full moon day of the month of Phalguna (February-March) and is essentially an outdoor festival welcoming the appearance of spring. Observant Hindus light bonfires, and parents carry their babies clockwise round the flames to invoke […]

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HINDU FESTIVALS

Word document download: FCT-0401 Hinduism almost certainly has a longer list of festivals than any other religion. Everyday of the year, someone somewhere is celebrating a Hindu festival. For this reason, we cannot list them all here, but will concentrate on a few major ones. Pongal (January 14th or one day on either side) In […]

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ART-0505 Dwarka

Dwarka: The Capital of Lord Krishna 5000 Years Ago Dwarka is connected to Lord Krishna and is mentioned in the Mahabharata and the Bhagavat Purana. It is one of the four holy dhamas (See Teachers’ Book, page 72). Over 5000 years ago, after He left Mathura, Lord Krishna spent one hundred years in his capital, […]

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ART-0515 Mathura

Mathura: The Birth Place of Lord Krishna Mathura is closely linked to Krishna. According to Vaishnava philosophy, Lord Krishna is the source of all things, both spiritual and material. However, in order to engage in loving relationships with his pure devotees, he accepts a mother and a father. Around 5000 years ago, Lord Krishna accepted […]

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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 […]

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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. […]