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What Is Puja: Traditional Step of the Vedic Ritual. Puja is worship.

What Is Puja: Traditional Step of the Vedic Ritual

The Sanskrit term puja is used in Hinduism to refer to the worship of a deity through observance of rituals including daily prayer offerings after a bath or as varied as the following: Sandhyopasana: The meditation on God as the light of knowledge and wisdom at dawn and duskAarti: Ritual of worship in which light or lamps are offered to the deities amid devotional songs and prayer chants. Homa: The offering of oblations to the deity in a duly consecrated fireJagarana: Keeping vigil at night amidst much devotional singing as a part of spiritual discipline.Upavasa: Ceremonial fasting. All these rituals for puja are a means to achieve purity of mind and focusing on the divine, which Hindus believe, can be a fitting stepping stone to knowing the Supreme Being or Brahman. Why You Need an Image or Idol for a Puja. The Notion of Growth. Sama Veda - download the PDF English Translation here. Samsara (Hinduism) Samsara is the continuous cycle of life, death, and reincarnation envisioned in Hinduism and other Indian religions.

In Hindu and Buddhist practice, samsara is the endless cycle of life and death from which adherents seek liberation. In Hinduism, the prominent belief is that samsara is a feature of a life based on illusion (maya). Illusion enables a person to think s/he is an autonomous being instead of recognizing the connection between one's self and the rest of reality. Hinduism Basics. Hinduism is the major religion of India, and the vast majority of India's population today is Hindu; however, Hinduism has spread all over the world and is truly a "world" religion.

Hinduism Basics

Almost one billion people (approx. 900 million) practice Hinduism today. Hinduism is arguably the world's oldest organized religion. By that, I mean that it has existed for 4000 years or so with some basic institutional traits, like priests, formalized rituals, consistent stories/myths, etc. Because Hinduism is so old, it is very diverse. What's the connection between "old" and "diverse?

" Hinduism has evolved and adapted into many different forms over the centuries, in order to speak to human needs and to remain meaningful to people's lives. Hinduism. Sacred-texts home Journal Articles: Hinduism OCRT: Hinduism Buy CD-ROM Buy books about Hinduism Vedas Upanishads Puranas Other Primary Texts Epics Mahabharata Ramayana Bhagavad Gita Vedanta Later texts Modern books The Vedas There are four Vedas, the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda.


Hindu Theory of World Cycles. Traditional Hindu scriptures view history as cyclical in character, with vast repeating series of ages.

Hindu Theory of World Cycles

Each age has its own particular qualities. Interestingly, this system seems to be taken literally by modern Yoga masters such as Swami Muktananda, Baba Hari Dass, Swami Vishnu Tirtha, and so on. As a Western devotee, I found myself wondering exactly what the full system of Hindu cycles is, and how it relates to the findings of modern science. Following is my attempt to explain what I found out. Traditional Puranic Model The Hindu Puranas describe a number of cycles within cycles.

Gita. Manas: Religious texts of India, Puranas. Puranas The Puranas are a class of literary texts, all written in Sanskrit verse, whose composition dates from the 4th century BCE to about 1,000 A.D.

Manas: Religious texts of India, Puranas

Great Systems of Yoga: Chapter Two. Patanjali's Raja Yoga. Sacred Texts Hinduism Yoga Index Previous Next Buy this Book at Great Systems of Yoga, by Ernest Wood, [1954], at p. 12 p. 13 p. 14 p. 15.

Great Systems of Yoga: Chapter Two. Patanjali's Raja Yoga

The Science of Pranayama. Holy science. Hindu Dharma: The Garland Of Letters : John Woodroffe : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming. Maharshi Veda Vyasa: The Life and Works of Hindu Sages. By Subhamoy Das Updated May 12, 2016.

Maharshi Veda Vyasa: The Life and Works of Hindu Sages

Vyasa is perhaps the greatest sage in the history of Hindu religion. He edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the epic Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavatam and even taught Dattatreya, who is regarded as the ‘Guru of Gurus.’ Vyasa’s Luminary Lineage Hindu mythology mentions as many as 28 Vyasas before Maharshi Veda Vyasa was born at the end of Dvapara Yuga. How Vyasa was Born. Swami Sarvapriyanandaji-"MESSAGE OF THE UPANISHADS" at IIT Kanpur. Hindu Culture - Omkar and Swastika.

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Hindu Culture - Omkar and Swastika

Effects of Pranayama on the Brain. Pranayama, or expansion of the prana or vital energy, occurs through the practices of prana nigraha, or control of the prana (1).

Effects of Pranayama on the Brain

This paper examines various prana nigraha practices which contribute initially to changing the physiological state of the brain and are said to awaken prana in the realm of the chakras, or psychic centres, within the human body. A comment is made on the effect that prana nigraha practices have had on the writer. A review of a medical examination of a yogic adept is included, which confirms the ability of pranayama to influence an indivdual's brain activity. Sacred Geometry, Energised Vedic Yantras, Shri Yanthra. Related Reading .... 1.

Sacred Geometry, Energised Vedic Yantras, Shri Yanthra

List of Yantras (with photos) - Part I 2. List of Yantras (with photos) - Part II 3. Crystal Yantras 4. Am I A Hindu. In Depth Study of KARMA & REINCARNATION Concepts WHAT IS KARMA? The word KARMA has many meanings in Hinduism such as 1. Action 2. Duty 3. Result of an action 4. Stories from Hindu epics / purANas. Kings with Straw Mats - Yogis and Sadhus of the Kumbh Mela Festival. Vikas Dhavaria. Translation of Shrauta in English. Shrauta - Expand Your Mind. Hindu Scriptures, The Puranas, Vedangas, Devotional Literature. By Jayaram V. Manas: Religious texts of India, Puranas. 18 Major Puranas. Puranas of Hinduism. Mahabharata (Hindu epic)

Hinduism Hindu Religion: Discussion Metaphysics Philosophy of Hinduism Beliefs, Hindu Gods. Discussion of Metaphysics & Philosophy of Hinduism Beliefs & Hindu Gods All is One / Brahman (Reality, Space) is One and Dynamic Quotes / Quotations, Pictures, Information on Hinduism Though One, Brahman is the cause of the many. Brahman is the unborn (aja) in whom all existing things abide.

The One manifests as the many, the formless putting on forms. (Rig Veda) Behold but One in all things; it is the second that leads you astray. HINDUISM: The world's third largest religion. Religions of the world Menu Sponsored link. Overview: Hinduism differs from Christianity and other monotheistic religions in that it does not have: Hindu cosmology. In Hindu cosmology the universe is cyclically created and destroyed.

What Are the Upanishads? - Indian Philosophy. Upanishads. The Upanishads are a collection of texts of religious and philosophical nature, written in India probably between c. 800 BCE and c. 500 BCE, during a time when Indian society started to question the traditional Vedic religious order. Some people during this time decided to engage in the pursuit of spiritual progress, living as ascetic hermits, rejecting ordinary material concerns and giving up family life. Some of their speculations and philosophy were compiled into the Upanishads. There is an attempt in these texts to shift the focus of religious life from external rites and sacrifices to internal spiritual quests in the search for answers.

The Vedas. The Vedas are a collection of hymns and other religious texts composed in India between about 1500 and 1000 BCE. It includes elements such as liturgical material as well as mythological accounts, poems, prayers, and formulas considered to be sacred by the Vedic religion. Mahabharata: complete synopsis and notes. The BHAGAVAD-GITA in English. The Ramayana index. Manas: Religious texts of India, Ramayana. Ramayana. Valmiki Ramayana. The Mahābhārata.