Ritual


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He wrote about the impact of the spirituals, calling them “Sorrow Songs” and describing them as “the most beautiful expression of human experience born this side of the seas. .. the greatest gift of the Negro people.” Just as it did for the African slaves, music expresses hope in times of despair; music can also declare most eloquently our greatest joys. Glory to the Lords, Krishna and Rama, the Avataras of Lord Vishnu! Satyam Jnanam Anantam Brahma—Brahman is Truth, Knowledge and Infinity.

The Abingdon African American Preaching Library: Volume 1


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It is not asked of Christians or Moslems "Why isn't Allah feminine as well as masculine?" The character of any incarnation, human, animal, or superhuman, is influenced by karma, the net balance of good and bad deeds in previous births. There were standard prayers and benedictions, some of them used every week. The most controversial crime committed for religious purposes is human sacrifice. Our brains are wired so that, in fact, we do take comfort in rituals. MY child, it does not matter what others think!

Matters of the Heart: Stop Trying to Fix the Old ...


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Kali puja in homes involves meditation and chanting in prepared sacred spaces. Starting between the ages of six and ten, they had to serve for 30 years, but most continued to help out even after they had left. Tiemeyers.” Vetus Testamentum 60 (October 2010): 583-90. →Leuchter, Mark A. “The Politics of Ritual Rhetoric: A Proposed Sociopolitical Context for the Redaction of Leviticus 1-16.” Vetus Testamentum 60 (July 2010): 345-65.

The Science of the Sacraments



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By worshiping the Yoni or Womb worship, is to worship the ten Mahavidyas. Clearly, this document does not contain notable innovations, but fits into the present stage of the Church's theological reflection on and liturgical practice concerning the Eucharist. The hymns of these saints and their successors, mostly in vernacular forms, are memorized and performed at all levels of society. However, observing the prayers at the mosque and in congregation is strongly encouraged. The gods then sent Vayu to enquire who he was.

The Intercessions Handbook: Creative Ideas for Public And


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Some experts also believe that the Templar knights worshipped the Caput Mortuum (death�s head), an alchemy symbol, to which the Templars were believed to have been exposed during the Crusades. Hinduism also has other gods such as Lakshmi and Parvati, who are wives to Vishnu and Shiva. Growing up, she was privileged to run free with nature’s most majestic animals, and learned a respect for nature that many of us as Americans could never fathom. To attain transcendence and destiny in Òrún-Réré, the spiritual realm of those who do good things, one's Orí-Inu (spiritual consciousness in the physical realm) must be elevated to unify with one's Iponri (Orí Òrún).

God's Greatest Gifts: The Commandments and the Sacraments


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She is not only the Source of life, She is the very earth, all-creating and all-consuming. The devotees, with reverence and devotion, in fulfillment of their worship, receive Thirtha or Charanmrit , a residue from the Snana offered to the idol. It assumes the reality of Purusha and Prakriti, the knowing Self and the objects known. His head is the color black because black is the color associated with death and the rotting color of flesh and the black soil of the Nile valley.

Scenes From The Life



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By attempting to offer answers to such large questions, religion fulfills an individuals “need to know,” and thus offers some relief to an individual’s uncertainty about life. In addition to the reasons given in no. 6, the celebration of the eucharistic mystery includes in a higher way that inner communion to which exposition is meant to lead the faithful. The individual soul passes repeatedly through this world and other subtle higher worlds.

A Key to the Doctrine of the Eucharist:


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Smartism: Ishvara appears as a human-like Deity according to devotees' loving worship, which is sometimes considered a rudimentary self-purifying practice. Finally, pilgrimages to shrines serve as occasions for religious educations and microcosms of the religious life; they are journeys, at once personal and collective, through auspicious temporal and spatial contexts that enhance the devotees' religious appropriation of their lives. Taoist thought is often focused on nature, longevity, health, liberty and spontaneity.

12 Sermons on Commitment


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We believe that the Feminine Mother-Nature is the original state of being, and the masculine is one possible deviation or branching-off from that. Although having the power to converse with spirits may make them subject to suspicion, shamans are usually considered to be powerful,influential and valuable members of their society. The fourth minister was silent for a moment, then said, “I like my mother’s translation best.” Surprised, the other three men said they didn’t know his mother had translated the Bible. “Yes,” he replied. “She translated it into life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw.” Instead of discussing translation preferences, this pastor reminded them that the most important focus should be learning God’s Word and doing it.

Hymns Ancient & Modern 1861-2013: Its Rise, Development and



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Our God has been gracious to give us this means to worship Him. The results of the Karma have to be worked out in the world. Some men, even the most intellectual, are spiritual savages, and these ideas may help them. Diurnal rituals: the rehearsal of life: These rituals only happened in the temples. For example: "And you shall make two cherubim of gold [i.e., two gold statues of angels]; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat.

The Interweaving of Rituals: Funerals in the Cultural