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By Karel Werner

A multi-purpose reference paintings which may still develop into an vital spouse for anyone who comes into contact with Hinduism. contains a dictionary of Sanskrit and vernacular phrases; a thesaurus of phrases and ideas; and a survey of the old improvement of Hinduism.

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It is one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism and is located on the banks of the river Gogrā (ancient Śarayū) four miles from 28 A POPULAR DICTIONARY OF HINDUISM Fyzābād, Uttar Pradesh. It has a fortress-like temple of Hanumān and had a temple to Rāma which was converted into a mosque by Bābar, the first Mughal ruler of India. Āyur Veda (‘life knowledge’) one of the Upavedas and the ancient system of medicine, still practised. It recognizes the atomic theory, the teaching on the three , five elements, seven bodily substances, three sheaths of the body and three humours of temperament.

Bhagavān (derived from the name of the Āditya Bhaga) the Lord; Reverend; Venerable. g. 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).

It commemorates the victory of Durgā over the buffalo-demon and it culminates on the tenth day in a procession at the end of which the goddess is immersed in a river or in the sea. Dussehra see Daśahrā. dvaita duality. Dvaitādvaita see Bhedābheda. Dvaita Vedānta the school of thought based on the teachings of Madhva which is called dualistic, because it recognizes the eternal existence of the absolute dimension of the divine on the one hand and of the relative material sphere of existence on the other.

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