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Key terms from chapter three of Fisher's "Living Religions".

ashram A usually ascetic spiritual community of followers gathered around their guru.
atman The individual soul.
avatar An incarnation of a deity.
bhakti Intense devotion to a personal manifestation of Sujpreme Reality.
Brahman The Supreme Reality.
brahmin Priest or member of the priestly class.
caste An occupational category.
chakra A subtle energy center in the body.
darsan Visual contact with the divine.
deva A deity.
dharma Moral order, righteousness, religion.
guru spiritual teacher
Kali Yuga The present degraded era.
karma Our actions and their effects on this life and lives to come.
moksha Liberation.
prana The invisible life force.
puja Ritual worship.
reincarnation After death, rebirth in a new life.
rishi A sage.
Saivite Worshipper of Siva.
Sakta Worshipper of the divine in female form.
samsara The worldly cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.
Sanatana Dharma The eternal way of religious duty.
sannyasin Renunciate spiritual seeker.
Sanskrit The ancient language of the Vedas.
secularism The constitutional principle of not giving favoured status to any religion.
sutra Terse spiritual teaching.
Tantra A sacred esoteric text with spiritual practices honouring the divine in female form.
Vaishnavite Worshipper of Vishnu or one of his manifestations, such as Krishna.
yoga Practice for union with the true Self.
Created by: edevarney
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