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Hinduism

Kim Knott.

February 2000; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: Hinduism. 160 pages.

Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction combines an overview of a major religion with analysis of the challenges facing it in the twentieth century. Key preoccupations of Hinduism today include...

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Acyuta

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Name of Viṣṇu (and Kṛṣṇa). Epithet of Yudhiṣṭhira.

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adharma

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(Skt.).

In Hinduism, the opposite of dharma, synonym of pāpa: evil, sin, what is not right or natural, or according to śāstras.

Adharma is personified in Hindu mythology...

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adhikāra

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The entitlement to perform a particular ritual, and, by extension, the necessary qualifications for undertaking a specific type of study, or for obtaining membership of a particular group.

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adhikāraṇa

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A subject or topic; a section of a text.

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Adhiratha

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In the Mahābhārata, the name of Karṇa's foster-father.

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adhvara

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A sacrifice, especially the Soma sacrifice.

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adhvaryu

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Any officiating or overseeing priest, but more specifically a class of Vedic priests responsible for the construction of the altars (vedis), the collection and preparation of sacrificial...

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adhyāsa

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(Skt.).

In philosophical Hinduism, superimposing reality on what is not real. It is false attribution, as when a rope is mistaken for a snake.

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Adhyātma Rāmāyaṇa

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A version of Rāmāyaṇa composed by different authors, based on the original Skt. work of Vālmikī. Its tendency is to move the epic in an Advaitin and spiritualized direction.

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