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Maya
Cosmic illusion brought about by divine creative power
Lila
The play of the Divine in its Cosmic Dance
Jiva
An individual soul
Mandir
A Personal Hindu temple that Hindus make puja to, it is in the home or nearby
OM or Aum
Most sacred symbol
Universal soul that permeates
Suprem symbol of God
A = creation
U = preservation
M = destruction/disillusion
Brahmin
Seers (reflective), Traditionally priests
Intellectual and spiritual leaders
Philosophers, artists, teachers, religious leaders
Things of mind and spirit are their raw materials
This is the group that is supreme in honor and psychological power
Brahman
Essence of all things, ultimate reality, Godhead
Brahma
Creator god
Vishnu
Preserver god
Ten Incarnations the most important are Rama and Krishna
Shiva
Destroyer god
Ganesha
God of Fortune, Wisdom, and Prudence, remover of Obstacles, Shiva’s son, Deity of businessmen
Samsara
Sanskrit for reincarnation, cycle of birth, death, and rebirth until soul achieves enlightenment
Kama
Pleasure
Sannyasin
One who neither hates nor loves anything
Artha
Worldly success
wealth, fame, power
Samadhi
State when the human mind is completely absorbed in God

8th stage of Raja yoga
Yoga
Purpose: to unite the human

From the base word yoke (To unite)
Ahimsa
The Hindu ideal of complete nonviolence in thought, word and deed
Mahatma
Title given to Ghandi means Great Soul
Atman
The ultimate reality within

The Hindu concept of the individual self or soul
Dharma
Responsible or ethical duty
Karma
Path to God through work,
Work is the staple of life,
Drive to work is more psychological than economic,
Work is significant if done in the right spirit

2 supporting dispositions/modes
1. Affective/emotional
Approaches work in a spirit of love, Personal God distinct from oneself, Object of life is to overcome selfishness, ego, self-centeredness
2.Reflective
Approaches work intellectually, Transpersonal God that resides at the core of one’s being
Mahabharata
Epic poem that tells of 2 feuding royal families who descend from common ruler Bharat. The families suffer through a long civil war

Contains the Bhagavad-Gita
Puja
The act of worship to a deity by burnig incense and offerings are made to a Hindu deity
Satyagraha
In Sanskrit it means “Holding to the truth”

Ghandi's word for non violence
Rama
The 7th incarnation of Vishnu
Neti … neti
Not this…not this
Asanas
Yogic positions (e.g. lotus position)
Used primarily to master the body
Rishis
Inspired sages who heard the hymns of the gods and transcribed them into the Vedas
Shudras
Unskilled laborers
Followers/servants
Attention spans short – makes them unwilling to sacrifice present gains for future rewards
Under supervision, they are capable of hard/devoted service
Jnana marga
Jnana yoga
The path of knowledge
Yogis spend time with sage
Involves thinking about what one has learned
Realizing that Atman within is ultimate
We change physically, so what stays inside?
Personality what one sees, but does that mean that is who we are?
Shifting one’s self-identification to her abiding self
Shortest but steepest path to divine realization
Saguna Brahman
The God-with attributes
Personal god
Seen as a parent – loving, merciful
Other from oneself
Thinking of God as the supreme person
Bhagavad-Gita
Part of Hindu sacred scriptures
“Song of God”