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krishna

Krishna is one of the most popular contemporary Hindu gods, commonly depicted as a bluish youngster holding a flute and dressed with ornaments. He is found in the company of his consorts, the cowherd maids of Vrindavan, Radha in particular. Otherwise, he is portrayed as a child, engaged in mischief or posing with calves, or on the battlefield of Kurukshetra ... Read More »

psychology

Psychology (psykhe+logia) is a discipline dedicated to the study of mental functions and behavior. While psychology is inherently more relative than for example physics, it aims for the scientific study of the human mind and its various distinct aspects, such as behavior, cognition, emotion, personality and perception. While its primary focus is on the more intangible human mind, psychology also ... Read More »

theology

Theology (theos+logos: god-discourse), an integral aspect of any systematic religion, is the study of God or many gods. Theologians are typically engaged in scriptural exegesis, apologetics, and diverse forms of argument and analysis on the doctrine of the religion; Christianity in particular is well-known for this. Theological disagreements often lead to the formation of schismatic branches holding their distinctive doctrines ... Read More »

karma

The word karma, in its most common and universal sense, means action. In a broader sense as the law of karma, it refers to a cosmic network of cause-effect relationships brought about by our activities, the so-called law of cause and effect. The concept of karma has found a great deal of appeal in answering the question of theodicy, or ... Read More »

vedanta

Vedanta, one of the ancient schools of Hindu thought, has left its imprint on most of Hinduism's many traditions. Literally the end of knowledge, it distills the philosophical and metaphysical fundamentals from the Vedic sacrificial culture and expounds a series of universals culminating in the concept of atman, the primeval and transcendent spirit-being. The textual roots of Vedanta lie in ... Read More »

nepal

Nepal, a land-locked nation bordering India in the south and China in the north, is home to a vast ethnic diversity in a population of 30 million. Coupled with a rich blend of Hindu and Buddhist influence, its colorful and accommodating culture is in many ways unique in the world. Recent collapse of monarchy and the uprising of Maoist insurgents ... Read More »

hinduism

Hinduism encompasses a broad range of Indic religious traditions that have evolved over the past several thousand years. While its roots are deep in the Vedic age, subsequent philosophical development and amalgamation with yogic and tantric traditions has brought it to be much more than an ancient sacrificial religion. Some aspects of Hindu thought, such as karma and reincarnation, have ... Read More »

buddhism

The term Buddhism defines traditions spanning from the life and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, revered as the enlightened Buddha among his followers. The three main traditions, namely Southern Buddhism (Hinayana or Theravada), Northern Buddhism (Mahayana) and Tantric or Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana) feature a broad array of interconnected philosophies and practices. The Tibetan tantric tradition, along with the Japanese Zen school ... Read More »