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INDUS VALLEY CIVILIZATION AND THE VEDIC AGE


Early Vedic Tradition


Geographical and Linguistic Features of India

Arya: Aryan Worldview and Society

Yajna: Ecstatic Visions and the Fire Sacrifice

LINKS:
The ancient Indus Valley
Indo-European Languages
Aryan Migrations into India (map)

 

 

Late Vedic Tradition


The Crisis of Vedic Civilization and the Upanishads

Upanishads: The Conditions of Human Existence

Moksha, Brahman, Atman


LINKS:

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

Reclining Visnu

Nataraja

 

Mantra: Hearing the Sacred

 

TQ: Mantra: Hearing the Sacred

IMAGES:
Gayatri Mata

LINKS:
Gayatri Mantra


 


HETERODOXIES


Jainism

Jain Doctrine and Practice

TQ: Jain Doctrine and Practice

IMAGES:
Mahavira
Tirthankaras:
1 2 3
Loka-Purusa 1 2 (cosmic person)

LINKS:
Jainpedia

 

Buddhism

Life of the Buddha

 

TQ: Life of the Buddha

IMAGES:
Buddha
Siddhartha as ascetic

LINKS:
Budhhacharita (excerpts)
Short Video: Thich Nhat Hanh, "Emptiness is Not Nothingness"

The Conditions of Suffering


TQ: The Conditions of Suffering

The Cessation of Suffering

 

TQ: The Cessation of Suffering



THE CLASSICAL AGE


Syntheses

Syntheses: Dharma-Focused and Moksha-Focused Traditions

TQ: Syntheses: Dharma-Focused and Moksha-Focused Traditions

 

 

The Bhagavadgita and the Concept of Nishkamakarna

 

TQ: The Bhagavadgitand the Concept of Nishkamakarma  

Alexander the Great and the Mauryans

 

TQ: Alexander the Great and the Mauryans

 


Bhakti

Bhakti

 

 

TQ: Bhakti  
Lord Vishnu / Krishna TQ: Lord Vishnu / Krishna

Images:
Visnu

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 (below)
Buddha
1
Kalki
1
2 3


Krishna

Bala Krishna 1 2
Krishna Subdues Kaliya 1 2
Rasalila1
2


Puja

TQ: Puja

 

 

Lord Shiva

 

TQ: Lord Shiva

Images:
Shiva
Shiva and Family
Nataraja
Shiva Ardhanarishvara 1 2
Sivlings 1 2 3

The Goddess and Sacred Geography

TQ: The Goddess and Sacred Geography

 

Images:
Northern Temple
Kedarnath
Contemporary Pilgrimage

Bharat-Mata

 

Ganga: The River Goddess


TQ: Ganga: The River Goddess

LINKS:
Ganga Water (gangajal) Online
Descent of the Ganga

 

Goddesses: Benign and Terrifying

TQ: Goddesses: Benign and Terrifying

 

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

Rasa

 

TQ: Rasa  


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