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Purusha
The primeval man, considered to be the soul of the universe, which was created out of his body.
The second highest of the four varnas: the noble or warrior category.
Rajanya [Kshatriya]
A member of the third of the four major castes of the varna system of traditional Indian society, comprising farmers, herders, merchants, and businessmen.
Vaishya
An offensive term for a member of the lowest caste in the Hindu system of social stratification.
Shudra
A member of the lowest or worker Hindu caste.

The lowest of the four varnas: the servants and workers of low status.
Shudra
The human condition as trapped in a ceaseless round of death and rebirth.
Samsara
Consequences of actions.
Karma
When the five senses and the mind are still, and reason rests in silence, then begins the Path supreme. This calm steadiness of the senses is called...
Yoga
Universal Soul: in Hinduism, Brahman regarded as the Universal Soul.
Atman
The passing of a soul into another body after death.
Transmigration
_______, the transmigration of life, takes place in one's own mind.
Samsara
The yoga of action.
Karma
the yoga of devotion.
bhakti
the yoga of knowledge.
jnana
the yoga of meditation.
raja yoga
A Hindu ascetic who has attained enlightenment.
Siddha
Means "triumphant" in Sanskrit. This was the name of a royal official in Hindu legends.
Sanjay
Liberated Souls.
Jivanmukti
"Nonharm," "nonviolence."
ahimsa
The spiritual essence of all individual human beings.
Atman
A spiritual community.
ashram
An earthly embodiment of a deity.
avatar
A religious literary work about Krishna.
Bhagavad Gita
The spiritual discipline of devotion to a deity or guru.
bhakti yoga
God or creation.
Brahma
The spiritual essence of the universe.
Brahman
Member of the priestly caste.
brahmin
One of the major social classes sanctioned by Hinduism.
caste
"Goddess"; the Divine Feminine, also called the Great Mother.
Devi
Meditation
dhyana
"Awe-inspiring," "distant"; a mother-goddess, a form of Devi.
Durga
A spiritual teacher
guru
The spiritual discipline of postures and bodily exercises.
hatha yoga
"Dark," a form of Devi; a goddess associated with destruction and rebirth.
Kali
The moral law of cause and effect that determines the direction of rebirth.
karma
The spiritual discipline of selfless action.
karma yoga
A god associated with divine playfulness; a form of Vishnu.
Krishna
A short sacred phrase, often chanted or used in meditation.
mantra
"Illussion"; what keeps us from seeing reality correctly; the world, viewed inadequately.
maya
"Liberation' from personal limitation, egotism, and rebirth.
moksha
Offerings and ritual in honor of a deity.
puja
The "royal" dicipline of mediation.
raja yoga
A god and mythical king; a form of Vishnu.
Rama
A state of complete inner peace resulting from meditation.
samadhi
The everyday world of change and suffering leading to rebirth.
samsara
A wondering holy man.
sannyasin
A god associated with destruction and rebirth.
Shiva
"Three forms" of the divine - the three gods Brahman, Vishnu, and Shiva.
Trimurti
Written meditations on the spiritual essence of the universe and the self.
Upanishads
Four collections of ancient prayers and rituals.
Vedas
A god associated with perservation and love.
Vishnu
A spiritual discipline; a method for perfecting one's union with the divine.
yoga