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By Karel Werner

A multi-purpose reference paintings which should still turn into an imperative spouse for anyone who comes into contact with Hinduism. contains a dictionary of Sanskrit and vernacular phrases; a word list of phrases and ideas; and a survey of the historic improvement of Hinduism.

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E. of choosing to search for truth, of neglecting it out of idleness or of rejecting it for immediate gain, while suppressing the thought of long-term effects. The situation INTRODUCTION 45 of one who does not have at least a basic understanding of karmic laws or does not believe in them or has no knowledge of them equals the state of deepest ignorance conducive to wrong choices with detrimental consequences for his future lives. Fundamentalism the belief in the literal truth of the scriptural sources of one’s religion.

The school recognizes brahman as the Absolute and identifies it with the Supreme Lord, God . The world was created by God out of matter, a kind of subtle substance which is eternal. Individual selves (‘souls’) are also eternal and retain their separate, albeit God-dependent, existence even in the state of salvation which is granted as God’s grace, but only to those who live pure lives. The best path to God is INTRODUCTION 43 bhaktimārga. Those who do not turn to a pure life and to God may transmigrate in for ever.

Rajneesh). e. of the Lord . C. Bhairava a wrathful incarnation of Śiva; Bhairavī: his consort. bhajan(a) (sharing, service, worship; it is derived from the Skt. root bhaj, just as bhakti)—devotional song. bhakta a devotee pursuing the path of love for God. bhakti love, devotion. Often depicted in some as an overpowering emotion, it can be adopted as an exclusive goal of life, a way to God (bhaktimārga). It is also often regarded as a way of life which can be rationally and deliberately cultivated and it then becomes a ‘discipline of devotion’ (Bhakti Yoga).

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