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An Introduction to the Way of the Buddha: Buddhism for Beginners
Do you want to learn about Buddhism but don’t have the time? Are you confused about the Buddhist religion and don’t know where to start? Do you want to get a feel about the Buddhist religion before you take it further?
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This short book teaches you about Buddhism in 15 minutes. Here’s what you will learn in this book; you will learn about the Buddha, history of Buddha and Buddhism, teachings of Buddha, about Buddhist philosophy, the 3 universal truths, noble truths, sufferings, eight fold path, divisions of Buddhism, the 5 precepts, how to practice Buddhism and more.
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Unfortunately, many of us do not even know who Aryabhata is. Sadly, not much is even known about his life, where he came from, about his parentage or even his name for that matter. This book discovers and evaluates the life and works of the world’s most important and forgotten mathematician and astronomer. Find out who Aryabhata was and what he did?
Topics covered in the “Life and Works of Aryabhata”
Who was Aryabhata?
World’s greatest mathematicians
Ancient Indian mathematics
Introduction to Aryabhata
Name and place of birth of Aryabhata
Taregna – The (birth) place of Aryabhata
The works of Aryabhata
Who invented Pi?
Approximation of Pi by others and Aryabhata
Aryabhata was not the first to use zero
The real story of zero
History of algebra
Aryabhata and algebra
Aryabhata and trigonometry
Indian astronomy and Aryabhata
Astronomical observations of Aryabhata
Heliocentrism and Aryabhata
References and further reading
Buddhism was created by a young prince named Siddhartha Gautama, who later became known as Buddha. He is the central figure of this book because he was the one who created the Buddhist religion in the first place. Even to this day, Buddha is celebrated all over eastern society with big statues in his honor. Despite how godly they make Buddha out to be, he was still just a man. In fact, he was a prince who left his throne and wealth in order to become a wandering preacher that spread his teachings on ending suffering and finding peace. How many rich people in the modern age do you think would leave their wealth behind to become a poor humanitarian? There probably aren’t too many, unless they were of the Buddhist faith because Buddhists do not care about monetary gains. Now no one is saying that you have to give away all your money and become a poor Buddhist on the streets. You will learn by reading this book that there are all kinds of Buddhist followers, not just monks and nuns. You can become a lay follower that still lives a life filled with money, sex and material things. Just as long as you are not hurting anybody then you can enjoy all the sensual pleasure that you want. Buddha isn't going to send you to hell for it.
What’s covered in this book?
Introduction to Buddhism
Who was Buddha?
Basics of Buddhism
Principles of Buddhism
Teachings of Buddha
Karma in Buddhism
Rebirth in Buddhism
What is Nirvana?
God in Buddhism
Three marks of existence
The three jewels in Buddhism - Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha
Types and major divisions of Buddhism
Four noble truths
The eight fold path
Buddhist precepts and how to keep them
Buddhism and sex
Buddhism and alcohol
Animals in Buddhism
Human suffering or Dukkha in Buddhism
Buddhism in America
Buddhism and vegetarianism
Buddhism can change your life
Inner peace through Buddhism
Buddhism and Christianity – Differences and similarities
Buddhism and homosexuality
How to become a Buddhist?
How to practice Buddhism without converting?
Power of meditation
How to find enlightenment?
‘Hinduism For Kids: Beliefs And Practices’ is designed mainly for children of all ages of reading abilities for all nationalities and religious beliefs. The book can be used by non-Hindu parents who want to teach their children by about Hinduism, its beliefs, practices and rituals. It will also be useful to children and adults alike who are considering taking a course on Hinduism or simply those who want to learn about Hinduism. Those thinking of visiting India especially those in pursuit of spirituality will find some of the answers in this book. Finally, parents of Hindu children who want to teach their children about their ancestral religion will also find the book useful.
Here are the topics covered in 'Hinduism For Kids: Beliefs And Practices’
What is Hinduism?
Who are the Hindus?
Where do Hindus live?
Where do Hindus worship?
When was Hinduism discovered?
What are the Hindu holy books?
What are the Vedas?
What is a bhajan?
What is Aum?
What is the swastika?
What is Ishvara?
Who is a sadhu?
Meaning of aarti in Hinduism?
What is ahimsa?
Do Hindus eat meat?
Why don’t Hindus eat beef?
Do Hindus eat pork?
Why is the River Ganges holy?
What is the importance of the lotus in Hinduism?
Why do Hindu women put a dot on their head?
Why do Hindus put a dot on their forehead?
Who is Lord Ganesha?
How did Ganesha get the elephant head?
Who is Lord Rama?
Who is Lord Shiva?
Who is Lord Krishna?
Who is Lord Vishnu?
Who is Goddess Durga?
Who is Goddess Lakshmi?
Who is the Monkey God?
What is Holi?
What is Diwali?
What is Raksha Bandhan?
What is the caste system?
What is reincarnation?
What is moksha?
What is yoga?
What is the Bhagavad Gita?
What is the Ramayana?
What is the Mahabharata?
What is aatma?
What is maya?
What is the Gayatri Mantra?
What is the Saraswati Mantra?
What are the other Hindu Festivals?
What is Namaste?
Where do Hindus go for pilgrimage?
Why are cows sacred in Hinduism?
Is Buddhism the same as Hinduism?
Who are the Jains?
Who are the Sikhs?
Hinduism is a fascinating religion to learn about. Even if you are not Hindu and have no interest in being a Hindu, you can still take it upon yourself to learn about the faith and understand why it is important to so many people around the world. Perhaps you will find that you share many of the beliefs that come out of the religion, or perhaps you won’t. But at least you will have a new outlook on Hinduism by advancing your knowledge in its teachings and the way it guides so many people’s lives in this world. To have that kind of knowledge can be a very powerful thing. This book will help you gain that knowledge by exploring the most important aspects of Hinduism and the main goals Hindus have in their lives. You will find out what they are much more when you read this fact filled book about the Hindu religion. After you are done reading, you will walk away with a better understanding about a religion that most of the Western hemisphere knows little about.
What you will learn from this book
Introduction to Hinduism
Important Beliefs in Hinduism
Important Hindu Customs and Rituals
Introduction to Gods and Goddesses in Hinduism
Hinduism and Buddhism – Differences and Similarities
Conversion to Hinduism
What to do in a Hindu Temple
Pilgrimage to Varanasi
Here are a few of the many benefits of a keeping a gratitude journal:
Gratitude improves physical health. It is thought that those people who are more grateful have lesser aches and pains.
In addition to improving physical health, it improves physiological health. It’s like an antidote for negative emotions. It increases happiness and reduces depression. Just like spirituality, gratitude is also associated with well being.
It is also thought that it helps in reducing aggression. People who are more grateful show less antisocial behaviour and show more empathy to others.
People who are more grateful sleep better. Those spending a few minutes writing a gratitude journal everyday often feel more content in themselves and sleep better.
A study in the “Journal of Personality and Social Psychology” showed that soldiers showing more gratitude had reduced levels of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This shows that people with gratitude are able to cope better in life during stress.
A study reported by the University of Minnesota and the University of Florida showed that people writing a few lines of gratitude at the end of the day lowered their stress levels and they felt calmer at night.
Those writing a gratitude journal have more clarity about their lives and what they want and want to eliminate from their lives.
A recent study in the Spirituality in clinical practice (Wash D C) journal by Mills et al., showed that patients expressing more gratitude had lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers hence suggesting that gratitude could be a treatment for improving well being in heart failure patients.
How to maintain your gratitude journal:
Plan to write a few lines of gratitude every day preferably at night. But if can’t make it, don’t be too bogged down in writing every day, even every other day is fine.
Your gratitude journal does not have to be highly structured. To start off, you don’t have to be detailed, just a few lines of gratitude is enough.
Try to write about 5 things you are grateful for.
**This book is designed in a way that you can enter your gratitude each day of the year. Try to spend a few minutes at the end of the day (or any time you prefer) to enter your gratitude in the lines provided. Those with the kindle edition can simply use blank pieces of paper.
You don’t have to be looking to convert to Hinduism to appreciate this book. It is not a book that is going to try to change you or convince you that Hinduism is the one true religion to believe in. This book simply goes over all the important aspects and traditions of the religion, as they are broken down into chapters. That way you can understand the Hindu concepts of God, prayer, meditation, animal sacrifices and reincarnation. These are the key points that people often misinterpret because they see movies or television shows that misrepresent the real Hindu religion. If you are a westerner then this probably means you. The only way you are really going to learn the truth about Hinduism is to either go to India and visit a Hindu school or read through this entire book with an objective mind.
If you are thinking about becoming a Hindu then it has to be your choice alone, especially if you come outside of India. You first need to study the Vedic scriptures and seek religious guidance from an elder Hindu. This book will simply awaken you to the religious customs of Hinduism and get you familiar with what you are in for. The great part about Hinduism is that you don’t need to have a religious affiliation with it in order to learn from its teachings and participate in its traditions. Hinduism is all about establishing a spiritual connection with your soul and the universe. For some Hindus, they don’t even reach this point for an entire lifetime. That is why they continuously reach the Sanskrit text and practice their meditations.
The chapters in this book:
Chapter 1 Introduction to Hinduism
Chapter 2 Hindu Philosophy
Chapter 3 Concept of Maya in Hinduism
Chapter 4 What is Karma?
Chapter 5 Soul (Aatma) in Hinduism
Chapter 6 Reincarnation in Hinduism
Chapter 7 Brahman - The Supreme Being
Chapter 8 Why Hindus Worship Idols?
Chapter 9 Mantras in the Hindu Religion
Chapter 10 Practice of Yoga in Hinduism
Chapter 11 Vegetarianism in the Hindu Religion
Chapter 12 The Caste System in the Hindu Religion
Chapter 13 Popular Hindu Gods and Goddesses
Chapter 14 Symbolism of Arms in Hindu Gods and Goddesses
Chapter 15 Hindu Swastika
Chapter 16 The Aum
Chapter 17 Holy books of the Hindus
Chapter 18 The Mahabharata
Chapter 19 Bhagavad Gita
Chapter 20 The Ramayana
Chapter 21 River Ganges in the Hindu religion
Chapter 22 The cow in Hindu religion
Chapter 23 Major Hindu
Sometimes we all can do with a bit of inspiration. Sometimes because of lack of motivation and inspiration we are not able to go forward in our lives? This is where we need a bit of a hand from others. Try this inspirational journal before you do anything else!
This inspirational journal book suggest various ways to stay motivated some of which include reading inspirational and motivational quotes, listening to certain types of music, coloring mandalas, using positive reaffirmations and so on. There are plenty of these in this inspirational journal.
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The main focus of this book is learning to open your “third eye” so that you can have a balance of positive energy and make better choices. For those of you who aren’t into spiritual metaphors, you might not understand what the “third eye” actually means. In a nutshell, it is the intuition someone has to see the potential in someone else or some other thing. Some like to refer to the third eye as their psychic power or sixth sense. Regardless of which definition you chose to believe, the third eye is what gives you insight into something that goes beyond the normal rational thinking you’re used to. The book will explain what this means in a lot more detail. Just note that you need to be willing to accept the spirituality of the world if you are going to awaken your third eye and get the most benefits you can from it.
Here are some other benefits of opening the third eye:
Improves learning abilities and increases memory
Induces ability of visualizing objects with the eye of your mind
Increases ability to sense and understand human energy fields
Induces abilities of perceiving things or events in the future
Induces ability to perceive sounds from outside the physical world
Here are some of the benefits of writing a journal
It gives you a power of perspective.
Discover yourself through writing. Sometimes it’s so much easier if it’s written down.
It helps to reflect on the things you have done and things you need to do in the future.
Writing a journal helps clear your thoughts and feelings. Lots of problems are solved when they are written down.
It will help you improve yourself.
Clarify your thoughts and feelings.
Help you be more confident. Rather than letting emotions being bottled up, it comes out on paper and helps you to be happier in yourself.
Helps you spend your free time doing something creative rather than sitting in front of the idiot box. Relax, listen to music and write your thoughts down and be yourself.
Writing about emotions in an abstract sense has a calming effect.
Know yourself better.
It will help you reduce stress. Sometimes strong emotions such as anger or sadness can be very painful and writing will help you overcome those emotional distresses.
Those who write can recover traumatic events more quickly than those who don’t. Writing helps boost the immune system.
In a study conducted by Professor James Pennebaker (University of Texas in Austin) showed that those who wrote for 20 minutes a day had less visits to the doctor compared to those who didn’t.
Just because you are a man does not mean you can’t write a journal. Men too have feelings, they too have fears, and they too have desires that need to be expressed. This “Journal For Men” has a set of questions that you can write and help discover yourself. This diary will put you on your way to self discovery.
**Those who have bought the kindle version of this book can use loose paper or another notebook to pen the answers while those who have bought the paperback can use the spaces within the book.
This are the topics covered in this book:
What is this book about?
Who is this book for?
How to use this book?
Hindi vowels and consonants
Most commonly used Hindi word and phrases
Time and duration in Hindi
Hindi when meeting and greeting
Hindi when saying goodbye
Names of common Indian sweets
Colours in Hindi
Common food and drinks in Hindi
Eating words and phrases
Education related words and phrases in Hindi
Household words, phrases and sentences
Vegetables in Hindi
Animals and birds in Hindi
Nature words in Hindi
Human organs in Hindi
Common fruits in Hindi
Conversation with a guest from the moment they come in
Conversation between dad and child about studies
Child saying I am not well
Conversation between child and mother for dinner
Message from the author
Here are the topics covered in the book:
What is India?
Where is India?
How did India get its name?
Why India is also called Bharat?
What is the capital of India?
How big is India?
What is the flag of India?
Tell me about the geography of India?
Which is the highest mountain in India?
Which is the biggest river in India?
What type of money is used in India?
Who are India’s neighbours?
Why are Pakistan and Bangladesh separate from India now?
What language do Indians speak?
What is Sanskrit?
What is the population of India?
What are the seasons of India?
Is it really hot in India?
How old is Indian civilization?
Why was India under British Rule?
When did India get independence?
Who was Mahatma Gandhi?
What do Indians like to eat?
Why is Indian food spicy?
What is an “onion bhaji”?
What is a chapatti?
What is the national animal of India? Where is it found?
Please tell me more about Indian wildlife?
What games do Indian kids play?
What is cricket? Why do Indians like cricket so much?
Do Indians play football?
What is the religion of India?
How many other religions are there in India?
What are the festivals of India?
What is the story of Ramayana?
What is the story of Mahabharata?
What is the Taj Mahal?
Is the cow worshipped in India?
Why are there cows on the streets of India?
How do Indians travel?
What do Indians wear?
What is the national flower of India?
What is the national bird of India?
What is the national tree of India?
What is Bollywood?
What are the great Indian epics?
Did Indians in the past write books?
How big was India in the past?
Which are the Seven Wonders of India?
Which is the Pink City of India and why?
What is the national anthem of India?
What is the national symbol of India?
What kind of songs and music are there in India?
What kinds of dances are there in India?
What kind of musical instruments are there in India?
Why do Indians wear bright and colorful clothes?