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THE VEDIC TRADITIONS OF THE BRAHMANS


Historical Framework

Week 1. Path of Action
Early Veda and Vedic Society   LINKS:
The ancient Indus Valley
The Aryans
Translation of the Rig Veda
Languages and Scripts of India
 

Week 2. Path of Insight
Vedanta

 
  LINKS:
Translation of the Upanishads

Sadhus [an article]
Sadhus: The Great Renouncers [an exhibition]
 


Week 3. The Lively Tension: Dharma and Moksha

Integrative Notions of Dharma
 
  LINKS:
Translation of the Laws of Manu
Translation of the Bhagavad-Gita
PATHS OF THE MONKS: BUDDHA AND JINA MAHAVIRA

Jainism

 

  IMAGES:
Buddha
Mahavira
Tirthankaras:
1 2 3

Jain Doctrine

 

   

Buddhas and Buddha / Life of Shakyamuni

 

   

Buddhist Doctrine: Four Noble Truths and Three Marks of Reality

 

   
 

Bhakti / Nirguna and Saguna Traditions / Vishnu

 

Link: The Ten Avatara of Visnu

Images: Visnu
Visnu
Visnu on Naga Bed
Cosmic Body of Visnu

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

Siva  

Saiva Traditions and the Lingam

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

The Goddess Traditions   Images:
Lakshmi 1 2
Parvati (Tridevi)
Sarasvati
Durga
1
2
Sita
Ganga Devi
Bhu Devi
Chinnamasta
1
2
Kali
1
2 3 4 5 6
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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