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1

Name 6 types of worships

Puja
Arati
Darshan
Bhajan/ Kirtan
Mantras/ japa
Havan

2

Explain the 4 types of festivals

Celebrating a key event in the life of a deity
Celebrating the birth life or achievement of a Hindu Saint
Seasonal festivals
Joyful celebrations of family and life

3

What is Diwali

Festival of light
Five days in November or October
Vaishnavas recall the story of Rama and Sita
Lakshmi is remembered

4

What is Holi

Celebrated in Feb or March at the time of the full moon
Story of Prahlad and Holika
Old clothes and bright coloured powders

5

Give the four qualities of a guru

Well versed in scripture
Know about Brahman
Overcome human desires
Be honest sincere and trustworthy

6

Name a famous female guru

Amma (hugs followers to show love)

7

Name a modern guru

Sathya Sai Baba (over 15 million followers)

8

What's karma yoga

Path of selfless action
Doing good
Free soul from material want
Requires rituals eg havan
For example, giving to charity

9

What's jnana yoga

Path of knowledge
Give up worldly pleasures
Focus on non personal nature of God
Study and practice scripture to become one with Brahman
For example believe racism is an illusion due to human ignorance

10

What's Bhakti yoga

Path of personal devotion
Develop loving devotion to God
Use bhagavan to reach union with God
Eg meditating at home In front of an image of Krishna everyday

11

What's Astanga yoga

Path of mediation
Finding God with in the heart
Eg yogis that practise intense meditation

12

What happens at the Kumbh Mela

Small scale every 3 yrs large scale every 12yrs
Bathing in the Ganges (mythological story of Garuda) brings purification
Time of festival is calculated through the stars
In 2013 100 million bathed in the Ganges
Lasts 55 days
Sadhus lead the procession into the water
Attending demonstrates passion and devotion

13

Quotes from the cultural India website about Varanasi

Varanasi to Hindus is the gateway to moksha

Varanasi stirs an individual to reflect about life

14

A mandir that practises sustainability

Neasden Temple in London

15

Why are Hindus vegetarian

Animals suffer
Breath is used to utter holy scripture should not associate with the killing of animals
Not eating meat is a sign of religious purity
Animals are part of samsara
In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna recommends eating veg fruit grains and milk products

16

Why are cows sacred

Lord Krishna was a cow herd
Cows give nutrition
Cows look after whilst we are alive
The Veda forbid the killing of cows
Shiva rides a bull

17

What forest is a place of pilgrimage

Vrindavan forest as Krishna lived there.
It was destroyed by industrialisation and so there's a project to restore it

18

Story from tradition about helping others

King rantideva

And the King and the cart driver

19

Name a women's festival

Sewa International made a festival to celebrate womanhood

20

Things people do as dharma

Sharing food (Anna Dana)
Offer food to unexpected guests
You can't refuse hospitality to anyone
Some organise meals for the needy or donate to charity