By Constance A. Jones, James D. Ryan

"Encyclopedia of global Religions" is a brand new sequence from "Facts On File" that explores the main religions of the area, emphasizing the dwelling faiths and their historic and social heritage. every one quantity used to be written by way of knowledgeable within the box, and reviewed and authorized via sequence editor, J. Gordon Melton.

Encyclopedia of Hinduism explores a faith that emerged from prehistory and lives this present day in impressive sort. supplying nearly seven hundred A-to-Z entries, this obtainable encyclopedia specializes in the main major teams inside of this faith, noteworthy academics and their contributions, the religions and cultural hobbies that enriched its historical past, and the diaspora of Hindu proposal and perform world wide. significant non secular traditions that sprang from Hindu impression, Jainism and Sikhism, even have many comparable entries. Brahman, Caste, Christian-Hindu family, Divali, Durga, Ellora, Funeral rites, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Hindu nationalism, Indus Valley Civilization, Kama Sutra, Meditation, Mirabai, R.K. Narayan, New moon/full moon ceremonies, Om, Puja, Reincarnation/rebirth, Sacred thread, Sadhu, Sikhism, Rabindranath Tagore, Theosophical Society, Untouchability, Vegetarianism, Vishnu, international Parliament of Religions, and extra.

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1994 ¶ Harvard University study identifies more than 800 Hindu temples open for worship in the United States. 1998 to 2004 ¶ Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) serves as India’s ruling party. 2001 ¶ History’s largest human gathering, 70 million people, worship at Kumbha Mela 2001, Alla- xxxvii J habad, at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers. ¶ Swami Amar Jyoti, 73, founder of four Jyoti ashrams in the United States and India, dies. 2006 ¶ Hinduism continues to grow in most countries of the old diaspora: Fiji, Guyana, Trinidad, Mauritius, Malaysia, and Suriname.

Adi Da asserts that he has attained the Most Perfect Happiness and can transmit this divine Self-realization to others. Thus, a devotional relationship with Adi Da is the source of divine Self-realization. The Way of the Heart employs meditation, study, worship, communal living, and dietary and sexual disciplines as means for “radical” understanding and communion with Adi Da. The educational organization of Adidam is the Laughing Man Institute, which propagates the teaching of Adi Da around the world.

The sutra also demands the strictest vegetarianism. , Jain Sutras, Part 1, Sacred Books of the East, XVL (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1964); P. S. Jaini, The Jain Path of Purification (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979); Bimala Churn Law, Some Jain Canonical Sutras (Bombay: Bombay Branch Royal Asiatic Society, 1949). 5 J acharya An acharya is any spiritual guide or teacher. In ancient times the term referred specifically to the one who initiated a student and taught him the complete VEDA or sacred literature.

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