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Definitions - FirstChapter Dogma=is belief or doctrine held by a religion or any kind of organization to be authoritative and not to be disputed or

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First Chapter Dogma is belief or doctrine held by a religion or any kind of organization to be authoritative and not to be disputed or doubted Gnosis Among the gnostics, gnosis was first and foremost a matter of self acquaintance which was the goal of enlightenment. Mysticism = refers to any system of belief or understanding that the holds there is a deeper, more fundamental state of existence hidden beneath the appearances of daily life Immanent = is the religious and metaphysical concept of existing and acting within the physical world. theism is the belief in one or more gods or goddesses. More specifically, it may also mean the belief in God, a god, or gods, who is/are actively involved in maintaining the Universe. Monotheism= in contrast with polytheism, is the belief in the one, single, universal, all- encompassing God. Polytheism = is belief in, or worship of, multiple gods or divinities Monism= is the metaphysical and theological view that all is of one essential essence, principle, substance or energy. Atheism = in its broadest sense, is an absence of belief in the existence of gods. Agnosticism is the philosophical view that the truth or falsity of certain claims— particularly theological claims regarding the existence of God or gods—is unknown, unknowable, or incoherent. Myths stories that a particular culture believes to be true and that use supernatural events or characters to explain the nature of the universe and humanity. Fundamentalism = has come to refer to several different understandings of religious thought and practice, including literal interpretation of sacred texts Charisma = is often used to describe an ability to charm or influence people. It refers especially to a quality in certain people who easily draw the attention and admiration (or even hatred if the charisma is negative) of others due to a "magnetic" quality of personality and/or appearance. 1
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Hinduism Dharma=   is the way of the higher Truths . beings that live in harmony with Dharma proceed more quickly towards Moksha Sanatana Dharma=   Aryans=   Beyond its use as the ethnic self-designation of the Proto-Indo-Iranians, the meaning "noble" has been attached to it in Persian and Sanskri Vedas=  c ollectively refers to a corpus of ancient Indo-Aryan religious literature that are considered by adherents of Hinduism to be revealed knowledge Sanskrit=  is mostly used as a ceremonial language in Hindu religious rituals in the forms of hymns and mantras. Its pre-Classical form of Vedic Sanskrit , the liturgical language of the Vedic religion, is one of the earliest attested members of the Indo-European language family, its most ancient text being the Rigveda. It is also the language of Yoga. Devas=
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Definitions - FirstChapter Dogma=is belief or doctrine held by a religion or any kind of organization to be authoritative and not to be disputed or

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