Hinduism – Various Facets & Tenets     

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<> Brief Introduction to Various Facets

<> Introduction to various Gods In Hinduism
      – Lord Shiva
      – Lord Vishnu
      – Devi Parashakti
      – Other Gods
      – Brahman – God beyond name & Form
      – Sat-Chit-Ananda

<> Avatars in Hinduism
Rama Avatar
      – Krishna Avatar
      – Narasimha Avatar

<> Divya Darsanam – Having a vision of God
<> Creation

<> Soul, Atman & Brahman

<> Body-Mind-Intellect-Ego-Atman

<> Vasanas-Tendencies

<> Goal of Human Life

<> 4 Purusharthas (life goals)
   -Dharma (righteousness)
   – Artha (wealth)
   – Kama (pleasures)
   – Moksha (liberation)

<> Renunciation (Sanyas)
<> Guru, Satguru
   – Acharya
<>
Guru parampara in Various schools, Mutts

<> Religious sects
   – Saivam
   – Vaishnavam
   – Shaktam
   – Tantra

<> Hindu Scriptures
   – Vedas
– Prasthana Triya
        – Vedanta – Upanishads
        – Bhagavad Gita
        – Brahma Sutras (Uttara Mimamsa)

<> Agama Shastra
   – Temple & Idol worship

<> Karma & Rebirth

<> Varnashrama (Social class differences)
   – Brahmin (Priests/ teachers/knowers of Veda)
   – Kshatrya (Warriers/ rulers)
   – Vaishya (Traders/ Businessmen)
   – Shudra (laborers)

<> 4 Ashrama dharmas
   – Brahmacharya (Student, unmarried)
   – Grihastasrama (Family life)
   – Vanaprastha (Detached Living in forest)
   – Sanyas (Renunciation)

<> Sadhana- Spiritual practices
– Tapas
   – Worship, Prayers, Hymns, Stotras
   – Pranayama
   – Scriptural study, contemplation, self inquiry
   – Japa (Mantra chanting)
   – Dhyanam (Meditation)
   – Preparation
   – Methods & Practices (Various)
   – Dhayanam-Mediation-2

Ramayana (Itihas)-1

<> Mahabharata (Itihas)

<> 18 Puranas
   – Srimad Bhagavatam

<> Yogas
   – Bhakti Yoga
– Bhakti traditions
– Gnyana Yoga
– Karma Yoga
   – Raja Yoga
       – Pathanjali Yoga Sutras
   – Kundalini Yoga
   – Hatha Yoga
       – Yoga Asanas

<> Darshan Shastras
   – Poorva Mimamsa
   – Nyaya
   – Vaiseshika
– Sankhya
Trigunas- Satva Rajas Tamas-3

<> 3 States of awareness
   – Jagrat (Waking)
   – Swapna (Dream sleep)
   – Sushupti (Dreamless sleep)
   – Turiya – the 4th state

<> Ayuveda

<> Jyotisha

<> Samsara Cycle
   – Birth, Living, death
   – Reincarnation/ rebirth

<> Mukti, Moksha, Liberation
   – Jeevan Mukta
   – God realization/ Self realization

<> 3 schools of philosophy regarding Soul & God
   – Dvaita (Dualism)
        – Sri Madhvacharya
   – Visitadvaita (Qualified non-dualism)
        – Sri Ramanujacharya
   – Advaita (Non-dualism)
        – Sri Sankaracharya

<> Great Masters of recent origin
      – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
– 
Bhagwan Ramana Maharshi
      – Swami Sivananda
      – Mata Amritanandamayi
Others

<> Hinduism Versus other religions
Problem of religious conversions

<> Common Misconceptions about Hinduism

Hinduism – Scriptures & Philosophies

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The Shrutis (Vedas)
The Smritis 

Prasthana Triya

      – Vedanta – Upanishads
      – Bhagavad Gita
      – Brahma Sutras (Uttara Mimamsa)

Dharma Shastras
4 Purusharthas
-Dharma
– Artha
– Kama
– Moksha

Darshan Shastras
   – Poorva Mimamsa
   – Nyaya
   – Vaiseshika
   – Sankhya

3 schools of philosophy regarding Soul & God
   – Dvaita (Dualism)
   – Visitadvaita (Qualified non-dualism)
   – Advaita (Non-dualism)

Agama Shastra

Yogas
   – Bhakti Yoga
– Gnyana Yoga
– Karma Yoga
   – Raja Yoga
       – Pathanjali Yoga Sutras
   – Kundalini Yoga
   – Hatha Yoga 

Yoga Vasishta
Panchadasi

Ayuveda
Jyotisha

Various Concepts & Tenets

Creation
Brahman – God beyond name & Form
   – Sat-Chit-Ananda

Soul, Atman & Brahman
Body-Mind-Intellect-Ego-Atman
Vasanas-Tendencies
Goal of Human Life
Karma & Rebirth
Trigunas- Satva Rajas Tamas-3

3 States of awareness
   – Jagrat (Waking)
   – Swapna (Dream sleep)
   – Sushupti (Dreamless sleep)
   – Turiya – the 4th state

Samsara Cycle
   – Birth, Living, death
   – Reincarnation/ rebirth

Mukti, Moksha, Liberation
   – Jeevan Mukta
   – God realization/ Self realization

Thirukkural (Tamil)

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Bhagwan Ramana Maharshi’s  ‘Naanaar?”(Who am I?)

Bhagvan Ramana Maharshi’s Upadesa Saram, Ullathu Narpathu etc

Hinduism – Avatars & Saints

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The concept of Avatars
   – Rama Avatar
   – Krishna Avatar
   – Narasimha Avatar
   – Other avatars of Vishnu

Avatara Purushas
   – Sri Shankara
– Sri Chaitanya Maha Prabhu
– Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
– Swami Vivekananda
– 
Shirdi Saibaba
– Satya Saibaba

Bhagwan Ramana Maharshi
Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma)

Great Saints, Sages & Mahatmas
   – Maharshi Vyasa
   – Maharshi Valmiki
– (Sri Shankara)
   – Sri Ramanuja
   – Sri Madhvacharya

   – Saints of Varkari Sampradaya
       – Namdev
       – Thukaram
       – Gyandev
       – Gora Kumba

   – Swami Narayan
   – Sri Purandara Dasa

   – 10 Azhvars (Tamil Nadu)
        – Nammazhvar
        – Andaal

   – 63 Nayanmars (Tamil Nadu)
– Appar
– Sundarar
– Maicka Vachagar
– Gnana Sambhandar

18 Siddhas (Tamil Nadu)

Saints of Natha Sampradaya

Mahavatar Baba

Kabirdas

Tulsidas

Surdas

Bhakta Meera

Narsi Mehta

Nandanar

Dayananda Saraswathi

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
   – Sri Sarada Devi
   – Swami Vivekananda
   – Swami Brahmananda & Others
   – Shri Mahendranath Guptha (Ma-)

Akka Mahadevi (Karnataka) 

Saint Poet Arunagirinathar (Tamil Nadu) 

Pattinatthar (Tamil Nadu) 

 Swami Desikan

Raghavendra Swami

Samarth Ramdas (Maharashtra)

Badrachala Ramadas (Andhra)

 Saint Thyagaraja Swamigal (Tamil Nadu)

Saint Poet Annamacharya (Andra)

Sri Ramalinga Adigal – Vallalar

Sri Aurobindo

Sri Seshadri Swamigal

Bhagwan Ramana Maharshi
– Kavyakanda Ganapathi Sastri
– Sri Muruganar
– Sadhu Om

Sri Narayana Guru 

Sri Bodhendra

Sri Sridhara Ayyaval

Swami Sivananda Saraswati (Rishikesh)

Srilasri Prabhupadha (ISKCON)

Swami Rama

Chattampi Swamigal (Kerala)

Mahatma Gandhi

Anandamayi Ma

Paramahamsa Yogananda

Papa Ramadas (Anandashram)
–  Ma Krishna Bhai (Anandashram) 

– Yogi Ramsurat Kumar

Kanchi Paramacharyar

Osho (Bhagwan Rajneesh)

Swami Chinmayananda
Sri Nisarga Datta Maharaj

Sri Sri Raishankar
Jaggi Vasudev

Hinduism – Itihas & Puranas (Mythology)

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Itihas
   – Ramayana
   – Mahabharata
18 Puranas
   – Srimad Bhagavatam


Hinduism – Life & Living

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Married life
Family & Relationships
Peaceful living
Cultural conflicts in life
Spiritually oriented life


Hinduism – Q& A

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Q&A on Various facets of Hinduism
Q&A on Hinduism vs other religions
Q&A on Scriptures &  philosophies
Q&A on Itihas & Puranas
Q&A on/ about 
Saints and sages
Q&Answers / Satsang given by Amma
Q&Answers from Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
Q&A on Life & Living


Hinduism – Stories with spiritual message

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Stories told by Amma
Stories told by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
Stories told by other saints
Stories from Upanishads
Stories from Itihas & puranas
Stories – other