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Rel 100 Midterm Review

Rel 100 Midterm Review - Ahimsa ideal of harmlessness...

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Ahimsa: ideal of harmlessness, doctrine of nonviolence; all kinds of violence entail negative karmic consequences; bars killing or injuring living people Bhakti: devotion to god; active involvement by the devotee in divine worship also refers to a person’s love a deity in the sense of family affection (common to address deities as mother and father) Darshan: charisma ritual, one receives a vision/apparition of a divine god; ceremonial transformation Dharma: one’s duty within their varna/ morality/one’s virtuous path; also defines meaning to both legal and religious rules, ie. Dietary and hygienic rules as well as moral rules about human behavior, it also suggests a way of life, and a way to maintain order and balance in the cosmos Yajna: sacrifice, centerpiece of fire (agni) transmits offerings to the sky/gods; soma-juice offering; king is unit of measurement, outside shaped like bird Jnana: true knowledge and self realization Puja: worship/honor : of incest, food, speech ; diety often centerpiece of ceremony; directly connected to divine images, the temple, festivals and new literature and the ceremony is based on ancient Indian norms of hospitality, puja represents a series of acts of service or respect Avatara: one who descends (similar to incarnation) ex. Vishnu has 10 avatars
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