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Raksha Bandhan

The day on which the ceremony of Raksha Bandhan occurs is also called "Brother and Sister Day." Raksha Bandhan celebrates the special protection of sisters by their brothers, and brothers by their sisters. Date of observance: During July-August, according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar. A rakhi, or cord bracelet, with a svastika Traditional Holiday Traditional Hindu Calendar 2012 Gregorian Calendar 2013 Gregorian Calendar 2014 Gregorian Calendar Raksha BandhanRakṣā Baṃdh

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Symbols

Christian Symbols - The Cross

The most famous and arguably the most important symbol of Christianity is the cross. It represents the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ for the redemption of the world. Many variations of the symbol exist, but all include two beams intersecting perpendicularly. The symbol of the cross is found in paintings, statues, artifacts, jewelry, and more. Some Christians even use the cross in physical gestures, referred to as making the sign of the cross, for dedication or prayerful purposes. The cr

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Biographies

Hasan al-Banna

Hasan al-Banna (1906 – 1949 CE) founded the Muslim Brotherhood, one of the most significant religious movements within Islam during the last century. Born near Alexandria, Egypt, al-Banna took interest in social issues from a young age. Dedicated to strengthening Islam spiritually, socially, and politically, he joined the Hasafiyah Sufi Welfare Society and began preaching in Ismailia. After gaining a few followers, he founded the Muslim Brothers in 1928, an organization dedicated to supporting

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The Abhidhamma Pitaka
Texts

The Abhidhamma Pitaka

The Abhidhamma PitakaThe phrase "Abhidhamma" is difficult to translate. While "dhamma" is analogous to the Sanskrit "dharma," the prefix "abhi-" can have the meaning of "higher" or "special," but could also be translated as "about." Thus, the Abhidhamma Pitaka may be translated as "The Basket of Higher Doctrine" or "The Basket Concerning the Doctrine." According to Buswell, it referred first to the latter until Buddhists then interpreted Abhidhamma teachings as "higher." [Buswell, 627] is th

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Jainism
Overview

Jainism Overview

Jainism is currently the world's ninth largest religion. Jainism developed in the Ganges River Basin of eastern India, but it has no recognized founder. Jains, as the adherents are called, do not believe in a supreme being or creator. Instead, they see the universe as eternal, uncreated, and unending. All living creatures have a soul that can be purified and released from the cycle of death and rebirth to reside in complete spiritual freedom. The core belief of Jainism is non-violence, as estab

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