Sunday, January 13, 2013

Hinduism by the numbers

3 paths: 
  • Karmamarga - path of works and action 
  • Jnanamarga - path of knowledge or philosophy 
  • Bhaktimarga - path of devotion to God

3 debts:
  • debt to God
  • debt to sages and saints
  • debt to ancestors

4 stages of life: 
  • Brahmacharga - school years - grow and learn 
  • Grhastha - marriage, family and career 
  • Vanaprastha - turn attention to spiritual things 
  • Sanrgasu - abandon world to seek spiritual things

4 purposes of life: 
  • Dharma - fulfill moral, social and religious duties 
  • Artha - attain financial and worldy success 
  • Kama - satisfy desires and drives in moderation 
  • Moksha - attain freedom from reincarnation

7 sacred cities: 
  • Ayodhya 
  • Mathura
  • Gaya (Bodhgaya)
  • Kasi (Varanasi, Benares)
  • Kanci
  • Avantika (Ujjain) 
  • Dvaraka

10 commitments: 
  1. Ahimsa - do no harm
  2. Satya - do not lie
  3. Asteya - do not steal
  4. Brahmacharya - do not overindulge
  5. Aparigraha - do not be greedy
  6. Saucha - be clean
  7. Santosha - be content
  8. Tapas - be self-disciplined
  9. Svadhyaya - study 
  10. Ishvara Pranidhana - surrender to God

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