The second wife of the God Shiva. A Goddess and Yogini. Known as the "Mountain Maiden." A Goddess of love she represents the dynamic feminine.
Shiva is a Hindu God. He has two arms and a blue spot at his throat. In the Hindu pantheon he is know as "the destroyer" or the "transformer." The Sanskrit root shiv- means "pure," "peaceful" or auspicious. Shiva has a variety of manifestations but is popularly depicted as the cosmic dancer, Nataraja (Lord of Dance) or as the first yogi meditating high in the Himalaya Mountains. His wife is Parvati (though he is also married to Kali in some myths). Their sons are Ganesha and Skanda.
Born Franklin Albert Jones in Queens New York, Da Free John was a 70's counterculture and the founder of Adidam, a religion where he was recognized as an Avatar. Da Free John and wanted to be recognized as the only pathway to enlightenment. He was both praised for his spiritual insight and an object of scorn and great suspicion for his cult-like approach to community.
There are essentially two schools of thought in Buddhism. One is where you study and practice meditating to earn your way to enlightenment through the hard work of taming the mind. The other is where regardless of what you do or don't do, in one instant you become one with all things. What helps is if you have some understanding of what is happening to you when this occurs.
November 2, the day which Roman Catholics pray for the dearly departed. After a pilgrim told Odilo, abbot of Cluny, of an opening in a cliff to the infernal regions where the groans of the tormented could be heard, Odilo appointed the day following 2 November 998 to be set aside for the benefit of those who were trapped in Purgatory.
Krishna, literally "dark, black or blue," is a Hindu God-figure. Usually considered to be an incarnation of the God Vishnu, Krishna is thought to have been an actual historical person belonging to the Vrishni clan of Yadavas from Mathura, and the eighth son born to the princess Devaki, and her husband Vasudeva. He is frequently depicted as playing a flute and accompanied by his consort Radha.
Angels are spiritual beings made of light. In Judeo-Christian traditions they are generally messengers from the Divine Godhead. In western art they are generally depicted with human form and having wings. There are a variety of cross-religious cross-cultural spiritual beings that are similar to angels. Of course one hastens to make to strong a parallel between angels and beings such as devas from the Hindu tradition, or fravashi from the Zorastrian tradition. Nevertheless most major religions of the world have some sort of being that is an intermediary between the Divine and human worlds.
Christmas presents are presents exchanged by friends and family members that celebrate the Christmas holiday. Children that have been good receive special gifts from Santa Claus. Christmas presents are wrapped in decorated wrapping paper and often have a bow on top. Presents can be just about anything. Often gifts are home made food or ornaments. Equally as often Christmas presents are store bought consumer goods.
A Buddhist Goddess known as the female Buddha of all Enlightened Activity.