Dependent Origination

Past Present Future Ignorance → Karmic Activities → Consciousness → Mind and Matter → Six Sense-Doors → Contact → Sensation → Craving → Attachment → Becoming → Birth/Rebirth → Old Age/Death Dependent Origination It is generally believed that each link in this chain gives rise to the next link; ignorance, for example, gives rise to karmic activities, which then give rise to consciousness, and so on.  It is also believed that if any of the twelve links in this sequence

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Judaism Overview

Judaism is currently the seventh largest religion, with over 13.4 million adherents worldwide. Their sacred text is called the Tanakh , and it acts as both a compendium of Jewish history and a guide for daily life. According to the Tanakh , Judaism began when a covenant was declared between the Jewish God and a man named Abraham. Judaism was later codified when God revealed laws and commandments to a man named Moses, who led Abraham's heirs to establish the nation of Israel. Scattered and per

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Shrine Shinto

Shrine Shinto has no founder and did not originate as a denomination of Shinto. Rather, it was a series of beliefs and practices that remained after the nationalistic elements of State Shinto were purged in the aftermath of World War II. It has also been described as an institutionalization of State Shinto. Shrine Shinto was promoted as a non-religious belief system, even though it certainly contained spiritual elements. Being a Shinto adherent served instead as a civil responsibility of Japane

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'Ubayd Allah al-Mahdi

'Ubayd Allah

Introduction 'Ubayd Allah al-Mahdi (d. 934 CE) is the founder of the Fatimid dynasty, an important Shi'i dynasty in North Africa from 909 to 1171 CE. A member of the Ismaili sect of Shi'ism, Ubayd Allah opposed the Sunni rule of the Abbasid dynasty and proclaimed himself imam and, therefore, the proper caliph of all of Islam. His claims did not go unnoticed by the Sunni governors, however, and he was imprisoned in North Africa near 902 CE. When the Ismaili movement had gained sufficient stren

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Atharvaveda Samhita

Atharvaveda Samhita

The Atharvaveda Samhita is a collection of magical formulas. It contains a vast array magically oriented subjects such as spells for healing disease, invocations for curative herbs, and prayers to healing water or to fire. It also contains prayers, used chiefly at family festivals, for long life, deliverance from death, and protection from disease. Many of the spells are also benedictions, divided into prayers for daily life events (such as plowing, growing crops, practicing good business, and

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