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THE VEDIC TRADITIONS OF THE BRAHMANS


Early Veda: Maintaining the World through Proper Ritual and Righteous Action

The Indus Valley Civilization

The Aryans and Vedic Religion

Vedas and the Fire Sacrifice

LINKS:
The ancient Indus Valley
The Aryans
Translation of the Rig Veda
Languages and Scripts of India
 

Late Veda (Vedanta): Striving for Liberation by Renouncing the World

Samsara: Human Suffering in Rounds of Death and Rebirth

 Moksha: The Quest for Liberation

  LINKS:
Translation of the Upanishads
Sadhus [an article]
Sadhus: The Great Renouncers [an exhibition]

 


Ways of Life in Hindu Society

Dharma and Moksha: The Dynamic Tension in Hindu Life and Society
 
  LINKS:
Translation of the Laws of Manu
Translation of the Bhagavad-Gita

 

JAINISM AND BUDDHISM

The Beginnings of Jainism

The Jaina Worldview

 

  IMAGES:
Mahavira
Tirthankaras:
1 2 3

Jain Doctrine

 

   

Buddha and the Conditions of Suffering

 

  IMAGES:
Buddha

The Cessation of Suffering and the Path to Enlightenment

 

   

 

YOGA

Yoga

 

Bhakti / Nirguna and Saguna Traditions / Vishnu

 



 

THE HINDU EPICS AND DEVOTIONALISM

HISTORY: 300 BCE TO 1000 CE

 

   

Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita

 

 

Link: The Ten Avatara of Visnu

Images: Visnu
Visnu
Visnu on Naga Bed

Images: The Ten Avatara of Vishnu
Matsya
1 2 3
Kurma 1 2 3
Varaha
1
2 3
Narasimha
1
2 3
Vamana
1
2 3 4
Parashurama
1
2
Rama 1
Krishna (see below)
Buddha
1
Kalki
1
2 3

Ramayana

 

 

Devotional Hinduism

Lord Krishna

 

 

Images:
Cosmic Body of Visnu

     

Lord Siva

The Goddess Traditions

 

Images:
Shiva
Shiva and Family
Ardhanarishvara 1 2
Nataraja
Sivlings
1 2
3 4 5 6
Shiva destroys Kama

Lakshmi 1 2
Parvati (Tridevi)
Sarasvati
Durga
1
2
Sita
Ganga Devi
Bhu Devi
Chinnamasta
1
2
Kali
1
2 3 4 5 6

  Images:
THE SIKHS

The Sant Tradition and Sikh History

 

Sikh Doctrine

 
IMAGES:
Guru Granth Sahib (in the Golden Temple)
The 10 Gurus (Sikh Poster Art)
Guru Nanak
1
2
Guru Arjun
Guru Hargobind
Guru Gobind Singh 1 2 3
Khanda
Ik Onkar

LINKS:
Virtual Tour of the Golden Temple
Images of Sikhs

Common misconceptions about Sikhism
     

ISLAM IN INDIA

The Mughal Empire

 
LINKS:
Articles:
The History of Mughal and Persian Minatures
Islamic Architecture (Wickipedia Article)

Images:
The Red Fort in Delhi
Fatehpur Sikri
Taj Mahal
Jama Masjid
Agra Fort

Suffism

 
 

 

   
 

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