Historical Dictionary of Hinduism by Bruce M. Sullivan

By Bruce M. Sullivan

With a background of over 3 and a part millennia, and over 800 million adherents, Hinduism is among the world's biggest and such a lot diversified spiritual traditions. The ancient Dictionary of Hinduism provides the Hindu non secular tradition's significant occasions, contributors, texts, sects, and ideas within the context of its old improvement via a variety of classes. furthermore, sacred Hindu pilgrimage websites, the rituals played as non secular practices, the manifestations of Hindu spiritual sensibilities in biography, paintings, the caste process of social association, mythology, and the theories of salvation constructed in the course of the background of Hinduism also are awarded. A pronunciation consultant to Sanskrit and Tamil, and a chronology of the historical past of Hinduism are included.Those who learn Hinduism will locate the bibliography, prepared lower than ten topical headings and together with basic and secondary resources, rather helpful for his or her examine.

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It must call on the assistance of the Supreme Divinity of bhakci (Visnu) to restore the dharma. 18 They constitute the soteriological hierarchy of the s q s S h representing seven states of experience through which the soul must wander for a period of ten kdpa before reaching the final resting-place beyond all name and form, merged into the Supreme Divinity at the final dissolution (prafcrtapralaya) of the Universe (XII. 280). 268). 118-120). 20 la this manner, the major protagonists, most of whom are human embodiments of higher powers, reflect the qualities and characteristics of their celestial forebears.

The circumstances leading to the crisis itself are no less irregular. Drona. incarnation of the priest of the gods (Brhaspati) and mundane representative of the brahmaqic power, is found to be in the service of the Furthermore, he no longer serves as priest but assumes the role of commander-in-chief of the demon army (on the death of Bhisma). This involves a double corruption of Dharma. Service on behalf of the asuras is substituted for that of the devas, and the brahmin usurps the functions of the he embodies the collective venom of king.

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