Ritual


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The Tantra Shastra makes no caste distinction as regards worship, in the sense that though it may not challenge the exclusive right of the twice-born to Vaidik rites, it provides other and similar rites for the Shudra. Covenant and Chosenness in Judaism and Mormonism. Even a temple room in one�s own house can work in this way to some extant. What are the rituals and practices of Hinduism? Prameya or the objects of which right knowledge is to be obtained, are twelve, viz., (i) Soul (Atman), (ii) Body (Sarira), (iii) Senses (Indriyas), (iv) Objects of senses (Artha), (v) Intellect (Buddhi), (vi) Mind (Manas), (vii) Activity (Pravritti), (viii) Fault (Dosha), (ix) Transmigration (Pretyabhava), (x) Fruit (Phala), (xi) Pain (Duhkha), and (xii) Salvation (Apavarga).

Reincarnation and Christianity


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In 1847, wealthy widow Rani Rasmani prepared to go on a pilgrimage to Banaras to express her devotion to the Divine Mother. One is supposed to worship the form that is most appealing to the individual without being disrespectful to other forms of worship. Axis of Glory: A Biblical and Theological Analysis of the Temple Motif in Scripture. It is only in recent years that large numbers of Untouchables, in particular the Mahar of Maharashtra, became converted to Buddhism in protest against the indignities they were subjected to under the caste system.

Stolen God


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It maintained that “Hindus have a right to live in peace as Hindus, to legislate, to rule themselves in accordance with Hindu genius and ideals and establish by all lawful and legal means a Hindu State, based on Hindu culture and tradition, so that Hindu ideology and way of life would have a homeland of its own” (Pattabhiram, p. 217). Then the evolution of the universe starts. The unchanging Brahman appears as the changing world through Maya.

Extravagant Worship



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There are images of Sri Rama, Sri Krishna, Karttikeya, Ganesa, Hanuman, Dattatreya, Sita, Lakshmi, Parvati, Durga, Kali, Sarasvati, etc., according to the taste of the particular devotee. For myself I am content to deal with present-day facts. The esoteric interpretation is that the ritual extinguishes obscurations (Skt., kleśa; Jpn., bonnō). The role of the sponsors is sometimes confused with ideas that come from popular customs – not necessarily Christian.

The Fullness Thereof


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The fakir called out to him, “Hey! Come here.” Patel said, “How do you know my name?” The Fakir said, “I know everything! How much better it is when the Holy Spirit comes. It was this that distinguished all later theism from the earlier worship of Vedic gods and greatly influenced the way in which popular gods were absorbed into the post-Vedic Brahmanical system."9 Meditation originally arose in the early Upanishadic period as a way of internalizing the fire sacrifice, and achieving tapas, or heat, energy that makes the ritual practice efficacious.

40 Days of Prayer and Fasting


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Of course, He has purposes to achieve here, and He will make good on His promises to the Israelites. Individualism within the church is a real danger. By this, the body is thought to become like that of Devata (Devatamaya). He lives there so long as his good works will allow. He enjoys the sound of drums and this is a good way to call him as well. This is the only part of the Communion service that is not a prayer; it is a call to prayer. Offering deepam (or light) is an integral part of all pujas, major or minor.

Bringing Church to the Elderly



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These ideas have enabled Hinduism to absorb local cults and deities and even accept all other religions as true. Lastly Holy Orders are the sacrament of ordination which pertains to men in the church. These were not acts to appease an angry God. Feeding is worship of Narayana or the Lord, for a Hindu. Sufistic saints also have the Bhava of lover and the Beloved, Madhurya Bhava. The Krishna or the Taittiriya is the older book and the Sukla or the Vajasaneya is a later revelation to sage Yajnavalkya from the resplendent Sun-God.

Holy Saturday: An Argument for the Restoration of the Female


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Such participation has its highest and most significant moment in the celebration of the Paschal Triduum, apex of the liturgical year, and in the Sunday celebration of the Sacred Mysteries. 81. Cairo: Imprimerie de lInstitut francos d’archeologie orientale du Caire, 1911-27. With the clear and sober language of catechesis, the Church teaches that "the existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls 'angels' is a truth of faith. He should not desire any sensual object.

The Manhattan Psalter: The Lectio Divina of Sister Juanita


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It is like a powerful lens that focuses the sun�s rays on to a bundle of cotton. God has been, and will always be, indescribably kind to me. Having observed the effects, the cause (Prakriti) is inferred. Pooja is based on Mantras (hymns) and is focused on concentrating on sounds. Other vivid pictures of God's wrath against injustice are included in Revelation; read chapter 16 as an example, and meditate on verse 7: “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.” God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. - Romans 9:18 John Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minnesota and founder of Desiring God ministries, has written many sermons and books on the sovereignty of God.

Journeying with Mark: Preparing for the Sunday Liturgy



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This is the beginning of Brahmacharya Asrama, during which Brahmacharya—perfect or entire celibacy—is enjoined. Each of the latter has an associated Christian Saint, a principle, important number, color, food, dance posture and emblem. He was the seer of thought which existed already. But we feel a desire to connect ourselves to God. These Liturgies are all modifications of a common type; they may all be classed together as forms of what is known as the Gallican Rite.

Creation of the Sacred: Tracks of Biology in Early Religions