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Life means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
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India history and geographySource: Suomen Antropologi: Sacred Trees among the Tamil people of South India
For the Hindus all life is sacred. The divine soul is believed to permeate all that exists in nature: stones, plants, animals and humans. [...] Before the Vedic period, forests were experienced as the home of wild forces of animal and vegetative life, beyond the control of village life guided by the priests. A division was perceived between orderly village life controlled by the Brahmins (priests) who guided the people in the practice of dharma (the cosmic law that refers to the duty of human beings to their family, to society, humanity, nature and towards God), and the adharmic world of the forests (that which is not in accord with the law of dharma) over which the priests had no control. The Brahmins were seen as the transformers of the forces between men and gods, heaven and earth that have been awakened by the power of ritual sacrifices.
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
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Full-text (+11279): Jivita, Jiva, Prana, Ayus, Vanaprastha, Ashrama, Ayushya, Purvajanman, Brahmacarya, Jivana, Jataka, Jivitasa, Dvyayusha, Jivitesha, Hayata, Yavajjiva, Samsara, Janman, Jivaka, Ayu.
Search found 521 books and stories containing Life; (plurals include: Lives). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
Chapter CVIII - Synopsis of rules of conduct < [Brihaspati (Nitisara) Samhita]
Bhagavati-sutra (Viyaha-pannatti) (by K. C. Lalwani)
Part 3 - Last life of a devotee < [Chapter 10]
Chapter 6: Council of Śakrendra < [Book 10]
Part 21 - On the course of life of the non-restrained < [Chapter 1]
Yoga Vasistha [English], Volume 1-4 (by Vihari-Lala Mitra)
Chapter XIV - Depreciation of human life < [Book I - Vairagya khanda (vairagya khanda)]
Chapter LXII - Speech of the divine messenger < [Book IV - Sthiti prakarana (sthiti prakarana)]
Chapter XL - Resuscitation of prahlada < [Book V - Upasama khanda (upashama khanda)]
The Great Chronicle of Buddhas (by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw)
Supplement (a): Brief Statement of Future Buddha Gotama’s Live < [Chapter 9 - The chronicle of twenty-four Buddhas]
Fourteen Kinds of Gift to Individuals < [Chapter 6 - On Pāramitā]
Chapter 4 - The Renunciation of Sumedha < [The Anudīpanī (on the Great Chronicle of Buddhas)]
Complete works of Swami Abhedananda (by Swami Prajnanananda)
Chapter 3 - Law of Compensation < [Discourse 4 - Doctrine of Karma]
Chapter 1 - Reincarnation < [Discourse 3 - Reincarnation]
Chapter 6 - Ethics of Hinduism and Buddhism < [Discourse 7 - Thoughts on Sankhya Buddhism and Vedanta]
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