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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 – […]


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 […]


(P) A Story about Creation (creation)

STO-118 Long, long ago in the spiritual sky, Vishnu was lying down. He was resting on his couch, the great snake called Ananta. As Vishnu breathed out, all the universes came out of his mouth. They were like thousands of soap bubbles floating in the sky. Vishnu entered into each universe. He filled it with […]


1. OHT’s – Charts

Word documents for download These charts be used as part of a computer projection presentation and/or printed onto paper or transparencies.  In many cases, these charts are best used with the corresponding Pictures which are also included here under ‘OHT’s’, and are also found in the Teachers Book. The 64 charts listed below are offered […]



Download PDF: PCT-311 Skanda is the second son of Shiva and Uma (Parvati). He is also known as Kartikeya, Murugan, Subramania, Guha and Shanmukha (one who has six faces). Skanda is sometimes added to the list of five important deities worshipped by the Smarta community, making him a sixth focus of worship. He is depicted […]


5. Meditation and Yoga

Download PDF: PCT-005 Meditation & Yoga Yoga means ‘being together with God’. There are different types of yoga. Hindus believe that the soul (atman) is different from the body. The body is always changing and is temporary (it will be finished one day). The soul not changing and is eternal. Eternal means something that is […]


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 […]



Word document download: FCT-1102 Bhagavad Gita means “The Song of the Lord”. It was spoken by Lord Krishna who is considered Bhagavan (the Supreme Personality of Godhead) to his friend Arjuna just prior to the Battle of Kurukshetra. Present day Kurukshetra is located one hundred miles north-west of New Delhi. It is composed of seven […]



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 […]



Word document download: FCT-0002 WHAT IS HINDUISM? Hinduism does not refer to one religion with a single set of beliefs and practices, but is an umbrella term that embraces the religious and cultural life of the Indian sub-continent The name Hindu was given by the Persian invaders to refer to the various beliefs and practices […]


ART-0531 Varanasi

Varanasi: The City of Lord Shiva Varanasi is perhaps the most important place of pilgrimage and is closely connected so Shiva. It also relates to the funeral ceremony . Varanasi is situated on the bank of the River Ganges. The name “Varanasi” comes from the two rivers, Varna and Assi, which join the Ganges on […]