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(Hinduism) a posture or manner of sitting (as in the practice of yoga) asana
(literally `possessing horses' in Sanskrit) in Hinduism the twin chariot warriors conveying Surya Asvins
(Hinduism) a member of a people living in Bangladesh and West Bengal (mainly Hindus) Bengali
(Hinduism) the sacred `song of God' composed about 200 BC and incorporated into the Mahabharata (a Sanskrit epic); contains a discussion between Krishna and the Indian hero Arjuna on human nature and the purpose of life Bhagavad-Gita , Bhagavadgita , Gita
(Hinduism) loving devotion to a deity leading to salvation and Nirvana; open to all persons independent of caste or sex bhakti
religious and social system of orthodox Hinduism Brahmanism , Brahminism
(Hinduism) a hereditary social class among Hindus; stratified according to ritual purity caste
(Hinduism) repeated rebirth in new forms cycle of rebirth
(Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness enlightenment , Nirvana
in Hinduism, goddess of purity and posterity and a benevolent aspect of Devi; the `brilliant' Gauri
Indian religious leader who founded Sikhism in dissent from the caste system of Hinduism; he taught that all men had a right to search for knowledge of God and that spiritual liberation could be attained by meditating on the name of God (1469-1538) Guru Nanak , Nanak
in Hinduism, the monkey god and helper of Rama; god of devotion and courage Hanuman
person who adheres to Hinduism Hindoo , Hindu
northern region of India where Hinduism predominates Hindustan
religion founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism; emphasizes asceticism and immortality and transmigration of the soul; denies existence of a perfect or supreme being Jainism
sect founded in the 6th century BC as a revolt against Hinduism Jainism
(Hinduism) a Hindu caste or distinctive social group of which there are thousands throughout India; a special characteristic is often the exclusive occupation of its male members (such as barber or potter) jati
(Hinduism) an ancient Sanskrit text giving rules for sensuous and sensual pleasure and love and marriage in accordance with Hindu law Kamasutra
(Hinduism and Buddhism) the effects of a person's actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation karma
(Hinduism) a sacred epic Sanskrit poem of India dealing in many episodes with the struggle between two rival families Mahabharata , Mahabharatam , Mahabharatum
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