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absolutist. Someone who holds rigid, literal, exclusive belief in the doctrines of their religion. Advaita Vedanta. (ad v õø ee ta ve dan ta) Non-dualistic Hindu philosophy, in which the goal is the realization that the self is Brahman. Agni. (aag nee) The god of fire in Hinduism. agnosticism. (ag nos ti siz eùm) The belief that if there is anything beyond this life, it is impossible for humans to know it. ahimsa. (aù him saù) Non-violence, a central Jain principle. Allah. (aa laù) The one God, in Islam. Amida. (aù mee daù) (Sanskrit: Amitabha) The Buddha of infinite light, the personification of compassion whom the Pure Land Buddhists revere as the intermediary between humanity and Supreme Reality; esoterically, the Higher Self. amrit. (a m ret) The water, sweetened with sugar, used in Sikh baptismal ceremonies. anatta. (aù nat aù) In Buddhism, the doctrine that nothing in this transient existence has a permanent self. anekantwad. (aù nay kant waùd) The Jain principle of relativity or open-mindedness. angel. In the Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions, an invisible servant of God. anicca. (aù ni chaù) In Buddhism, the impermanence of all existence. Annunciation. (aù nun see ay shun) In Christianity, the appearance of an angel to the Virgin Mary to tell her that she would bear Jesus, conceived by the Holy Spirit. anthropocentrism. (an thro po sen triz eùm) The assumption that the whole universe revolves around the human species. aparigraha. (aù paa ree graù haù) The Jain principle of non-acquisitiveness. apocalypse. (aù paw kaù lips) In Judaism and Christianity, the dramatic end of the present age. arhant. (aar haùnt) (Pali: arhat or arahat) A ÒWorthy OneÓ who has followed the BuddhaÕs Eightfold Path to liberation, broken the fetters that bind us to the suffering of the Wheel of Birth and Death, and arrived at nirvana; the Theravadan ideal. Ark of the Covenant. In Judaism, the shrine containing GodÕs commandments to Moses. Aryan Invasion Theory. Speculation originally advanced by Western scholars that the Vedas were written by people invading India rather than by people already there. Aryans. (ayr ee aùns) The Indo-European pastoral invaders of many European and Middle Eastern agricultural cultures during the second millennium BCE. asana. (aa saù naù) A yogic posture. ashram. (ash ram) In Indian tradition, a usually ascetic spiritual community of those who have gathered around a guru. atheism. (ay thee is em) Belief that there is no deity. atman. (aat man) In Hinduism, the soul. avatar. In Hinduism, the earthly incarnation of a deity.
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baptism. A Christian sacrament by which God cleanses all sin and makes one a sharer in the divine life, and a member of Christ's body, the Church. barakah.
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