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Ahimsa

The principal of none violence

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Ascetic

Someone who practices self-discipline or abstains from physical pleasure for religions purposes

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Atman

the true self

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avatar

a deity who has descended into the world in earthly form

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Bhagavad Gita

a sacred Hindu story about prince Arjuna and Krishna

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Brahman

the supreme cosmic force

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caste

a traditional Hindu social level or class

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Deities

images of the God in many forms

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Guru

wise teacher

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Karma

The natural law of cause and effect, of ones actions having an impact on ones future life

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Mandir

a Hindu temple

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Mantra

Sacred sounds, words, or phrases repeated in ritual

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maya

illusion

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Mosksha

Freedom or liberation from Samara, or the cycle of rebirth

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Murti

an image of a Hindu deity

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Puja

Hindu worship ceremony

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Ramayana

A Hindu epic about Prince Rama and Sita

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Samsara

The law of birth, death, rebirth, or the process of reincarnation

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Sanskrit

The language of ancient India

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Untouchables

The lowest Hindu social level

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Upanishads

Sacred scriptures; the final dialogues ending the Vedas

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Vedas

Early sacred writings of Hinduism

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Yoga

Hindu path (or discipline) to liberation