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Tamas:
one of the three gunas or qualities in existence, associated with the dissolver God Shiva and representing the quality of darkness and inertia in existence

Tantra:
medieval yogic and ritualistic Indian texts; esoteric, mystical teachings

Tara:
the Goddess in her role as savior; also the Hindi word for star

Tat Tvam Asi:
'That art thou', the equating of the atman and every being in total identity with That, which is Brahman

Theism:
belief in a personal god, goddess, gods or goddesses

Tilak:
the mark (usually vertical) placed on the forehead of a devotee during ritual worship

Trimurti:
literally 'three-form',the Hindu trinity of three deities, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer, respectively

Ugadi:
Hindu festival

Uma:
consort of the male deity Shiva

Upanayama:
ceremony of the sacred thread undertaken by the top three classes of the Hindu society

Upangas:
literature concerned with ritual and logical thought

Upanishads:
Vedic philosophical texts or scriptures occurring at the end of the Vedas characterized by mystical and philosophical speculation on the nature of the self and ultimate Reality; also sometimes used synonymously with 'Vedanta'

Upavedas:
additions to the Vedic scriptures

Ushas:
Vedic goddess of dawn

Vaishnavites:
devotees of the deity Vishnu

Vaishyas:
person belonging to the third of the four Hindu classes of society, traditionally an artisan or skilled laborer, people of commercial values

Vak:
Divine Word, the Goddess

Vanaprastha:
person at the third of the four stages of life, hermitage or forest-dweller stage of life

Varna:
literally 'color', the word for the four social values or class system in Hinduism

Varnasramadharma:
what is right for class and stage of life

Varuna:
Vedic deity of cosmic order

Vata:
biological air humor

Veda:
knowledge

Vedangas:
rules on ritual, astronomy, morals, grammar and phonetics

Vedas:
the four Vedic ancient scriptures of India, namely the Rig, Sama, Yajur and Atharva

Vedanta:
Vedic philosophy of Self-knowledge

Vedic Science:
integral spiritual science of the Vedas

Vidya:
knowledge

Vijnana:
intelligence, science

Vijnanavada:
Buddhist philosophy that consciousness alone exists

Vishnu:
God or form of the Hindu trinity governing preservation

Yajna:
sacrifice, sacred ritual

Yajur Veda:
'Knowledge of Sacrificial Ritual', one of the four Vedas

Yama:
God of Death; ruler of the realm of the dead the 'Land of the Fathers': he was the first man to die and therefore the welcomer of others to his realm
Yamas:

yogic attitudes

Yantra:
geometrical meditation designs

Yatra:
pilgrimage

Yoga:
techniques of developing and integrating energy; discipline or 'yoking' of the senses and the ego

Yoga Sutras:
classical text of Patanjali on Yoga

Yogi:
practitioner of yoga

Yugas:
world-ages, as in the four yugas or epochs

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Hari Om!
Hello all of you,

veda (knowledge) - does this mean especially Vedic knowledge? Or is it also for general knowledge?
vidya (knowledge) - is this more in the sense of wisdom? Also of spiritual wisdom?

I suppose there are different interpretations and the understanding depends very much on individuand views and understandings. If so what is your opinion about these terms?

Sun salutions from Hamburg,
Devaki
Veda "Knowledge." The scriptures that are the basis of Hindu belief and practice. The Vedas were "heard" or "seen" by priests from a divine source and passed orally through the family line.
Ugadi is the New Year for people from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka which falls in the month of March/ April as per the Hindu Solar calendar. In Maharashtra it is called Gudi Padva and falls around the same time. In Tamil Nadu it falls on April 14/15 the beginning of Chithirai Maasam ( Maasam meaning month in Tamil). In Kerala the same day is called Vishu and is celebrated with great fervour. This is the Lunar calendar moving according to Pournima ( full moon) and Amavaasya( New Moon). So January is not the beginning of the year for the Hindus'. In the North it is called Baisakhi and falls as per the Telugu ( Andhra) calendar. Every hundred years the earth tilts one degree. So these festival dates will move on the English calendar-- that is why these festivals keep shifting in the English calendar.

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