A spiritual community.
The spiritual essence of all individual human beings.
An earthly embodiment of a deity.
A religious literary work about Krishna.
Devotion to a deity or guru.
The spiritual discipline of devotion to a deity or guru
God of creation.
The spiritual essence of the universe.
Member of the priestly caste.
A major social class sanctioned by Hinduism.
“Goddess”; the Divine Feminine, also called the Great Mother.
“Awe-inspiring,” “distant”; a mother-goddess; a form of Devi.
A spiritual teacher.
The spiritual discipline of postures and bodily exercises.
The spiritual discipline of knowledge and insight.
“Dark,” a form of Devi; a goddess associated with destruction of rebirth.
The moral law of cause and effect that determines the direction of rebirth.
The spiritual discipline of selfless action.
A god associated with divine playfulness; a form of Vishnu.
A form of raja yoga that envisions the individual’s energy as a force that is capable of being raised from the center of the body to the head, producing a state of joy.
A short sacred phrase, often chanted or used in meditation.
“Illusion”; what keeps us from seeing reality correctly; the world, viewed inadequately.
“Liberation” from personal limitation, egotism, and rebirth.
The philosophical position that all apparently separate realities are ultimately one; the belief that God and the universe are the same, that the universe is divine.
Offerings and ritual in honor of a deity.
The “royal” discipline of meditation.
A god and mythical king; a form of Vishnu.
A state of complete inner peace resulting from meditation.
The everyday world of change and suffering leading to rebirth.
A wandering holy man.
A god associated with destruction and rebirth.
“Three forms” of the divine (the three gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva).
Written meditations on the spiritual essence of the universe and the self.
Four collections of ancient prayers and rituals:
A god associated with preservation and love.
A spiritual discipline; a method for perfecting one’s union with the divine.