21st Century Bhagavad Gita

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Category: Dharma

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Names

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Terms

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Meaning

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Marichi, Atri, Angiras, Pulaha, Kratu, Pulastya Vashishtha

Great Rishis (7)
Maha Rishis, or Deva Rishis

The principlal powers of consciousness & life from the creative cosmic energy (Aum) & of the spiritual eye in man. (Light)

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Narada, Asita, Devala, Vyasa, Brigu,

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Great Sages or Divine seers

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Preceptor of the Astral Gods, liberated in spirit.

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Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana, Sanat Kumara

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Primeval Four (4) Ushanas

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Ancient, Joyful, Everlasting, youthful

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Svayambhuva, Svarochisha, Auttami, Tamasa, Raivata, Chakshusha, Vaivasvata*, Savarni, Daksha, Brahma, Dharma, Rudra, Rauchya & Indra Savarni

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Manu’s (14)

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Creative manifestation & dissolution. Vivasvat* (7th) is the progenitor of the present race, Only 4 could create men.

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Aryama, Dhata, Mitra, Rudra, Varuna, Surya, Bhaga, Vivaswan, Pusa, Savita, Tvasta & Vishnu

Adityas (12) according to linga Puranas

Bright and pure as streams of water, free from all guile and falsehood, blameless, perfect, upholding Dharma. Protectors of all beings, who guard the world of spirits and protect the world.

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Ishwar, Hiranyagarbha, Virat, Pragya, Taijas, Vishwa

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Angels (6)

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Creative Intelligence / Forces Deities

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Pavaka (agni)

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Vasus (8)

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Vitalizing & Intelligent Gods

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Shankara, Kapali, Pingala, Bhima, Virupaksa, Vilohita Ajesha, Shasana, Shastu, Chandu, Dhruva

Rudras
(11 radiant beings)

Shiva & the 10 Pranas (vital Airs)

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Mooladhar, swadhisththan, manipura, anahat, vishuddha, agya, sahasrara

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Chakras (7)

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Sahadeva, nakul, Arjun, Bhim & Yudhishthir, 3rd eye / bindu, and the top of the cerebrum.

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They are twins with head of a horse but the rest of the body of human beings;

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Twin Ashvins (2)

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Vedic gods symbolizing the shining of sunrise and sunset.

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Marichi, Hanuman

Maruts (49 wind Gods)

They are described as armed with golden weapons i.e. lightning and thunderbolts, as having iron teeth and roaring like lions, as residing in the north, as riding in golden chariots drawn by ruddy horses.

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Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva

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Vedas (4)

Vedas means knowledge. They are a large body of the oldest scriptures of Hinduism

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Chitra ratha

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Demi gods Gandharvas

Concentrated on the Maya or finite perception of the divine eye

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Desire; The God of Love,

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Kamadeva

The first Awakening of Desire

Personified Creative Consciousness.

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Kandarpa

God of love, sex desire for creation.

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Kubera

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Yakshas, Rakshasas

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Dishonest, traitorous, greedy, selfish & possessive.

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Vasuki

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Kundalini

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The coiled sleeping Serpent

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Ananta, Shesha Nag

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Naga serpents

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Eternal, that which remains suspended betwixt creation cycles

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Brihaspati

Chief amongst Priests

Lord of evolution or expansion of creation through power of cosmic delusion

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Skanda, Kartikeyan, son of Shiva

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Among Generals

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God of war represents self control that drives away the ego & senses

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Om or Aum

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Words

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The primordial vibration of Brahman

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Silent Superconscious Chanting

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Yajnas

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Oblation, Praise, offerings accompanied by chanting of Vedic

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Kapila

Siddhas

Founder of the Sankhya school of Philosophy. Incarnation of Vishnu, an avatar come to earth to restore the spiritual balance through his teachings.

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Ashvattha Fig / Pipal Tree/ Bodhi

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Trees

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Has its roots in heavens, and it is a tree of eternal life.

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Meru

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Mountain peaks

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Top of the cerebrum, Sahasrara Chakra

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Aryama

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Pitris

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Ancestors

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Gayatri

Mantras

The essence of the entire vedas in one Mantra

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Vasudeva Krishna

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Vrishnis

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Yadavs

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Indra

Gods

Chief of Astral Gods, conqueror of the senses. Wisdom is his vehicle.

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Vedas.wikidot.com/108upanishads

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Upanishads (108)

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Scriptures

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Preceptor
A preceptor is a teacher responsible to uphold a certain law or tradition, a precept.

Gyan or Knowledge

Qualities of a Gyani, Wise Person, Knowledgeable Person

  1. Free from Hatred, he is naturally accommodative, friendly.
  2. He has compassion, and makes all beings feel secure in his company. Same towards friends or enemies.
  3. He is free from Raaga Dvesha which are Likes & Dislikes, the pairs of opposite forces.
  4. He is happy in all situations, Contented, Sat Chit Ananda. He does not grieve as he does not desire.
  5. He has No Ego, nor egotistical attributes. (I ness) Given up doership.
  6. He has no ownership of anything as everything belongs to the Universe. (My ness, This belongs to Me) Free from attachment.
  7. Equanimous in Sukh and Dukh, Joy and Sorrow. Not swayed by the pair of opposites.
  8. He has Kshama, forbearance & forgiveness. He does not internalize any anger or discomfort. Is peaceful and calm. Insulated. Same in censure or praise.
  9. His Knowledge is Well Determined. He knows that Atman is Brahman.

10. He is not after Artha or Kama as Moksha is his goal.

11. He works only on the principles of Dharma & Adharam.

12. A Gyani does not disturb people nor does he get disturbed by them.

13. He is free from elation or exultation, hostility & intolerance, fear and pain.

14. He is not dependent on anything. He does not depend on his physical body, sense organs or sense object for his sense of well-being.

15. He is Clean both from outside and inside.

16. He understands situations quickly & objectively and knows what action has to be taken.

17. He is fair, does not take sides, impartial.

18. He has no afflictions, illnesses, sufferings or fears.

19. He never has to start anything as he is always in the midst of it.

20. Does not chatter incessantly. Comfortable in silence.

Knowledge of the senses is inferior to the knowledge of the intellect. But knowledge of something beyond the intellect; intuitive knowledge, knowledge from the pure consciousness is even superior to intellectual knowledge. Intellectual knowledge can be proved and disproved, but a discovery which is beyond the intellectual calculation is something very different.

Dharma

What is Dharma??

Dharma is the sacred law, invested with divine authority, for dharma is based on the Vedas, sacred scriptures revealed by the Divine to highly qualified sages. Dharma is a cosmic principle that is difficult, if not impossible, to define. Our Dharma is our true place in the cosmic process: in time, in space, in awareness, in thought, deed and desire. The eternal principle of Dharma determines the harmonious functions of the cosmic machine. In order that we fulfill our role in the divine play we must behave within our Dharma. That is, we ought to do the right thing, at the right time, in the right way, and for the right reason. By this we attain balance. To establish balance within us ensures our own welfare and the welfare of society. And opens the path prepared for us by the divine.

In western societies it is Morality, ethics, virtue, righteousness and purity. Opposing forces are violence, materialism and egotistical attitudes.

The goal of dharma is universal welfare. Abiding in that dharma whose root is the three Vedas, The Vedas and Dharma go hand in hand.

Non-injury to all living beings is the highest dharma, and thus a Brahmin (supposedly the highest practitioner of dharma) should never injure any living being. Charity, austerity, truthfulness, as well as humility, beauty, forgiveness, and tolerance —

Swadharma is that action which is in accordance with your nature. It is acting in accordance with your skills and talents, your own nature (svabhava), and that which you are responsible for (karma) .
Any action that does not make you feel afraid or restless is Swadharma. That action which you feel compelled to do, without which you feel restless is swadharma. Now do not misunderstand this and say, ‘I feel restless if I do not drink alcohol’. No! Not at all.
Every time you feel restless, its not always because of Swadharma. But at the same time not following your swadharma always makes you feel restless.
That is why it is said in the Bhagavad Gita, ‘Swadharme nidhanam shreyah paradharmo bhayaavahah’ (3.35).
When we do something without authenticity, just to show off to another person, that is when we feel fear because such action is not genuine, it does not come from the heart. But when we do something that is authentic and from the heart, then there is no fear.
When someone speaks lies, they definitely feel scared somewhere inside. But someone who speaks the truth does not feel scared at all. In fact speaking the truth and abiding by it brings so much strength to you, isn’t it? This is what Swadharma is. 
When we follow that which comes naturally to us in our life, then it brings abundance and prosperity to us. When we flow in accordance with our nature, we grow from within. Any action that uplifts us is our Swadharma.
Dharma is that which holds the mind, intellect, memory and our inner soul together in harmony. Growth comes when we follow our swadharma.