Dancing with Śiva
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Author’s Introduction—Granthakāra Bhūmikā
The Master Course—Pradhāna Pāṭhyakramaḥ
Śiva’s Cosmic Dance—Śivānanda Taṇḍavaḥ
UPANISHAD ONE ETERNAL TRUTHS—Sanātana Dharmaḥ
Maṇḍala 1: Self Realization—Paramātma Darśanam
1 Who Am I? Where Did I Come From?
2 Where Am I Going? What Is My Path?
3 What Is Meant by “Dancing with Śiva”?
4 How Can We Learn to Dance with Śiva?
5 What is the Ultimate Goal of Earthly Life?
Verses from Scripture on Self Realization
Maṇḍala 2: Hinduism—Hindu Dharmaḥ
6 What Are Hinduism’s Principal Sects?
7 What Is the Deeply Mystical Śaiva Sect?
8 What Is the Magic and Power of Śāktism?
9 What Is the Devotional Vaishṇava Sect?
10 What Is the Universalist Smārta Sect?
Verses from Scripture on Religion
Maṇḍala 3: Śaivite Hinduism—Śaiva Dharmaḥ
11 What Is the Nature of Śaivite Theology?
12 How Do Śaivites Regard Other Faiths?
13 How Does Śaivism Stay Contemporary?
14 What Is the Nature of Life for Śaivites?
15 What Is the Symbolism of Śiva’s Dance?
Verses from Scripture on Śaivism
UPANISHAD TWO GOD AND THE GODS—Īśvaraḥ Devatāḥ cha
Maṇḍala 4: Our Supreme God—Śivaḥ
16 What Is the Nature of Our God Śiva?
17 What Is God Śiva’s Unmanifest Reality?
18 What Is God Śiva’s Pure Consciousness?
19 What Is the Nature of the Primal Soul?
20 What Are God Śiva’s Traditional Forms?
Verses from Scripture on Śiva
Maṇḍala 5: Lords of Dharma—Gaṇeśa-Kārttikeyau
21 Do Other Gods Exist Apart from Śiva?
22 What Is the Nature of Lord Gaṇeśa?
23 What Is Lord Gaṇeśa’s Special Duty?
24 What Is the Nature of Lord Kārttikeya?
25 What Does Lord Kārttikeya’s
Verses from Scripture on Lords of Dharma
UPANISHAD THREE OUR IMMORTAL SOUL—Amṛitātmā
Maṇḍala 6: The Nature of the Soul—Ātmasvarūpam
26 What Is Our Individual Soul Nature?
27 How Is Our Soul Different from Śiva?
28 How Is Our Soul Identical with Śiva?
29 Why Are We Not Omniscient Like Śiva?
30 How Do Hindus Understand Moksha?
Verses from Scripture on the Soul
Maṇḍala 7: Karma and Rebirth—Saṁsāraḥ
31 How Do Hindus Understand Karma?
32 Is There Good Karma and Bad Karma?
33 What Is the Process of Reincarnation?
34 How Should We View Death and Dying?
35 How Does One Best Prepare for Death?
Verses from Scripture on Saṁsāra
Maṇḍala 8: The Way to Liberation—San Mārgaḥ
36 What Are the Four Stages on the Path?
37 What Is the Nature of the Charyā Pāda?
38 What Is the Nature of the Kriyā Pāda?
39 What Is the Nature of the Yoga Pāda?
40 What Is the Nature of the Jñāna Pāda?
Verses from Scripture on Liberation
UPANISHAD FOUR THE WORLD—Śivamayam
Maṇḍala 9: The Three Worlds—Trilokam
41 Where Did This Universe Come from?
42 What Is the Nature of the Physical Plane?
43 What Is the Nature of the Subtle Plane?
44 What Is the Nature of the Causal Plane?
45 Does the Universe Ever End? Is It Real?
Verses from Scripture on Three Worlds
Maṇḍala 10: The Goodness of All—Sarvabhadraḥ
46 Are Souls and World Essentially Good?
47 Why Do Some Souls Act in Evil Ways?
48 What Is the Source of Good and Evil?
49 How Can a Benevolent God Permit Evil?
50 Should One Avoid Worldly Involvement?
Verses from Scripture on Goodness
Maṇḍala 11: Sin and Suffering—Pāpa-Duḥkhe
51 Why Is There Suffering in the World?
52 What Is Sin? How Can We Atone for It?
53 Does Hell Really Exist? Is There a Satan?
54 What Is the Consequence of Sinful Acts?
55 Does God Ever Punish Wrongdoers?
Verses from Scripture on Sin and Suffering
UPANISHAD FIVE RIGHT LIVING—Dharmaḥ
Maṇḍala 12: Four Dharmas—Chaturdharmāḥ
56 What Is Dharma? What Are Its Forms?
57 What Is Signified by Universal Dharma?
58 What Is the Nature of Social Dharma?
59 What Is the Nature of Human Dharma?
60 What Is the Nature of Personal Dharma?
Verses from Scripture on Four Dharmas
Maṇḍala 13: Good Conduct—Sadāchāraḥ
61 What Is the Meaning of Good Conduct?
62 What Are Good Conduct’s Four Keys?
63 From Whom Is Good Conduct Learned?
64 What Are the Ten Classical Restraints?
65 What Are the Ten Classical Observances?
Verses from Scripture on Good Conduct
Maṇḍala 14: Noninjury—Ahiṁsā
66 What Is the Great Virtue Called Ahiṁsā?
67 What Is the Inner Source of Noninjury?
68 What Is the Inner Source of Violence?
69 Is Vegetarianism Integral to Noninjury?
70 How Can Peace on Earth Be Achieved?
Verses from Scripture on Noninjury
UPANISHAD SIX FAMILY LIFE—Gṛihastha Dharmaḥ
Maṇḍala 15: Husband and Wife—Dampatī
71 What Is the Central Purpose of Marriage?
72 What Are the Duties of the Husband?
73 What Are Special Duties of the Wife?
74 What Is the Hindu View of Sexuality?
75 What Is the Relation of Sex to Marriage?
Verses from Scripture on Husband and Wife
Maṇḍala 16: Marriage—Vivāhaḥ
76 What Is the Basis for a Happy Marriage?
77 Must We Marry Within Our Religion?
78 How Are Hindu Marriages Arranged?
79 What Is the Hindu Family Structure?
80 How Are Marital Problems Reconciled?
Verses from Scripture on Marriage
Maṇḍala 17: Children—Apatyam
81 What Is the Fulfillment of a Marriage?
82 What Are the Main Duties of Parents?
83 How Strictly Must Children Be Guided?
84 Should All Youths Be Urged to Marry?
85 How Is Family Harmony Maintained?
Verses from Scripture on Children
UPANISHAD SEVEN SACRED CULTURE—Maṇgala Kriyā
Maṇḍala 18: Ways of Wisdom—Bodhi Tantraḥ
86 How Do We Overcome Life’s Obstacles?
87 What Are the Hindu’s Daily Yoga Practices?
88 How Are Āyurveda and Jyotisha Used?
89 How Do Hindus Regard Art and Culture?
90 What Is the Hindu Outlook on Giving?
Verses from Scripture on Ways of Wisdom
Maṇḍala 19: Sacraments—Saṁskārāḥ
91 What Are Hinduism’s Rites of Passage?
92 What Are the Sacraments of Childhood?
93 What Are the Sacraments of Adulthood?
94 What Are the Child-bearing Sacraments?
95 Are There Rites for the Wisdom Years?
Verses from Scripture on Sacraments
Maṇḍala 20: Festivals—Utsavāḥ
96 What Are the Festival Days of Śaivism?
97 What Are the Primary Festivals to Śiva?
98 What Are the Major Gaṇeśa Festivals?
99 What Are the Main Kārttikeya Festivals?
100 What Are Other Important Festivals?
Verses from Scripture on Festivals
UPANISHAD EIGHT SACRED WORSHIP—Upāsanā
Maṇḍala 21: Śiva Temples—Śivālayāḥ
101 What Is the Nature of the Śiva Temple?
102 How Are Temples Founded and Built?
103 When Should One Attend the Temple?
104 How Does One Attend a Śiva Temple?
105 What Occurs Within the Śiva Temple?
Verses from Scripture on Śiva Temples
Maṇḍala 22: Temple Rites—Pūjā
106 What Is the Inner Importance of Pūjā?
107 What Is the Special Rite Called Ārchanā?
108 What Is the Nature of Image Worship?
109 Who Are the Priests of Śiva Temples?
110 What Does the Pujārī Do During Pūjā?
Verses from Scripture on Temples Rites
Maṇḍala 23: Love of God—Bhaktiḥ
111 Is Temple Worship Only for Beginners?
112 How Do Devotees Prepare for Worship?
113 How Do Our Prayers Reach the Gods?
114 Do Śaivites Worship Only in Temples?
115 What Is the Home Shrine’s Significance?
Verses from Scripture on Love of God
UPANISHAD NINE HOLY MEN AND WOMEN—Mahātmā
Maṇḍala 24: Monastic Life—Sannyāsa Dharmaḥ
116 What Is the Hindu Monastic Tradition?
117 What Are the Goals of Renunciate Life?
118 What Is the Sannyāsin’s Kuṇḍalinī Path?
119 What Is the Sannyāsin’s Initiation Rite?
120 What Are the Holy Orders of Sannyāsa?
Verses from Scripture on Monastic Life
Maṇḍala 25: Knowers of God—Jñānī
121 Who Are Hinduism’s Spiritual Leaders?
122 What Is a Saint, a Sage and a Satguru?
123 Are There Other Terms for Holy Ones?
124 What Is the Nature of Guru Protocol?
125 What Is the Satguru’s Special Function?
Verses from Scripture on Knowers of God
UPANISHAD TEN SACRED SCRIPTURE—Śāstram
Maṇḍala 26: Revealed Scripture—Śrutiḥ
126 What Are Hindu Revealed Scriptures?
127 What Is the Nature of the Veda Texts?
128 How Are the Vedas Significant Today?
129 What Is the Nature of the Holy Āgamas?
130 How Are the Āgamas Significant Today?
Verses from Scripture on Śruti
Maṇḍala 27: Secondary Scripture—Smṛitiḥ
131 Do Smṛiti and Sacred Literature Differ?
132 What Texts Amplify Vedas and Āgamas?
133 Does Hinduism Have Epics and Myths?
134 Are there Other Types of Sacred Texts?
135 What Is the Source of This Catechism?
Verses from Scripture on Smṛiti
Maṇḍala 28: Affirmations of Faith—Mantraḥ
136 What Is the Holy Namaḥ Śivāya Mantra?
137 How Is Namaḥ Śivāya Properly Chanted?
138 Is Initiation Necessary to Perform Japa?
139 What Is Śaivism’s Affirmation of Faith?
140 How Is the Affirmation of Faith Used?
Verses from Scripture on Affirmation
UPANISHAD ELEVEN MONISTIC THEISM—Advaita Īśvaravādaḥ
Maṇḍala 29: Monism and Dualism–Advaita-Dvaitau
141 What Are the Many Hindu Philosophies?
142 How Do Monism and Dualism Differ?
143 Are Monism and Dualism Reconcilable?
144 What Is the View of Monistic Theism?
145 Is Monistic Theism Found in the Vedas?
Verses from Scripture on One and Two
Maṇḍala 30: Views of Reality—Śaiva Siddhāntaḥ
146 What Are Śaiva Siddhānta’s Two Schools?
147 What Are the Two Views on Creation?
148 What Are the Views on God and Soul?
149 What Are the Differing Views on Evil?
150 What Are the Views on Mahāpralaya?
Verses from Scripture on Siddhānta
UPANISHAD TWELVE PASSING ON THE POWER—Sampradāyaḥ
Maṇḍala 31: Himalayan Lineage—Kailāsa Paramparā
151 What Is Hinduism’s Nātha Sampradāya?
152 What Is the Lofty Kailāsa Paramparā?
153 Who Were the Early Kailāsa Preceptors?
154 Who Were Kadaitswami and Chellappan?
155 Who Are the Most Recent Kailāsa
Verses from Scripture on Paramparā
I. A Śaivite Creed
II. Six Schools of Śaivism
III. The Tradition of Masters
IV. Monism and Pluralism in Śaiva Siddhānta
V. Truth Is One, Paths Are Many
VI. Hindu Timeline
VII. A Children’s Primer
Glossary—Śabda Kośaḥ A-G
Glossary—Śabda Kośaḥ H-M
Glossary—Śabda Kośaḥ N-S
Glossary—Śabda Kośaḥ T-Z
Sanskrit Pronunciation—Uçchāraṇam Saṁskṛita
Index of Scriptural Verses—Śāstra Udharaṇasūchī
About the Author
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Dancing with Śiva
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