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Shakta worshiper of the divine in female form.
Shaivite worshiper of Shiva.
rishi A sage
reincarnation after death, rebirth in a new life.
puja Ritual worship
prana the invisible life force
moksha liberation
karma our actions and their effects on this life and lives to come.
kali yuga the present degraded era
guru sprititual teacher.
dharma moral order, righteousness, religion.
deva A deity
darshan visual contact with the divine.
chakra A subtle energy center in the body.
Caste An occupational category.
brahmin Priest or member of the priestly caste.
bhakti Intense devotion to a personal manifestation of Suprem Reality.
Brahman The Supreme Reality.
avatar An incarnation of a deity.
atman The individual soul.
ashram A usually ascetic spiritual community of followers gathered around their guru.
yoga practice for union with the true self.
Vaishnavite worshiper of Vishnu or one of his manifestations, such as Krishna.
Tantra A sacred esoteric text with spiritual practices honoring the divine in female form.
sutra Terse spiritual teaching.
secularism The constitutional principle of not giving favored statues to any religion.
Sanskrit The ancient language of the Vedas.
sannyasin Renunciate spiritual seeker.
samsara The worldly cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
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