Spiritual Dictionary (Hagiographa to Hymnal, page 2 of 4)


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Heavenly-Relating to blissful, DIVINE, ETHEREAL, SACRED, uplifting.

Hebrew Bible-The Old Testament: TORAH, Prophets, and HAGIOGRAPHA.

Hebrew Scriptures-The TORAH, the prophets, and the writings that are the foundation of JUDAISM, and form the OLD TESTAMENT in the CHRISTIAN BIBLE.

Hell (Christianity)-Usually thought of as a place of eternal punishment (after death) for those who have sinned or have had wicked ways. Additionally, there would be no contact with GOD.

Henotheism-Allegiance to one God while allowing one to worship several other gods.

Hexagram-A figure of six lines, consisting of broken and solid lines in sixty-four variations, and has been used through the years for DIVINE guidance. See I CHING.

Higher Law-Guiding principle of morally proper or DIVINE law.

Higher Self-A person's essential self, or fundamental nature, or the SOUL.

Hinduism-Is not listed by many texts as a RELIGION per se, but rather a variety of religious POLYTHEISTIC BELIEFS and practices making up the major Eastern RELIGIOUS traditions of the Indian subcontinent, and is not based on any one set of beliefs or way of life. The worship is centered mainly on the worship of KALI, a Hindu goddess. Hindu's believe that the basis for all reality and existence is BRAHMAN. Hindu's BELIEVE that the universe is a great, enclosed sphere, or cosmic egg, in which there are numerous concentric heavens, hells, oceans, and continents, with India at the center. They believe that time and life is cyclic (not linear), and quality of a new birth is conditional on accumulated merit (or demerit) that has been committed. It is believed that release (MOKSHA) from that KARMA can be achieved through SAMSARA, namely the renunciation of all worldly desires. Unlike CHRISTIANITY, there is no single authority, or set of formalized CREEDS, and no historical founder.

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