Glossary of Terms: A
Any spiritual leader or guide in Hinduism and Jainism; referred initially to the teacher who first taught a student sacred literature or the Veda, but later became an honorific term for a person of spiritual accomplishment or learning.
All Saints' Day
All Saints' Day (All Hallows')
All Souls' Day
Concept that souls or spirits inhabit natural objects (such as rivers, streams, mountains, and plants); occurs in some sects of Hinduism and other religions.
ancient Egyptian hieroglyph meaning "life," appearing as a cross with a loop at the top end
In Hinduism and Jainism, a ritual honoring a god or other person; the worshiper waves a lighted lamp in front of the honoree's image and chants a prayer.
Asalah Puja Day
Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha
Ascension of Baha'u'llah
Ascension of Christ
Ash Wednesday, the Beginning of Lent
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
in Scientology, a form of counseling as a means of ridding oneself of "engrams" (mental aberrations)
"Descent" (Sanskrit); in Hinduism, the incarnation of a god in human or animal shape in order to overcome a particular evil in the world; term most often refers to the god Vishnu's ten different forms.
sacred symbol of many Druid (ancient Celtic) traditions, representing descending light ("Three Rays of Light" or "Three Pillars of Wisdom")
class of writings about medicine and belonging to the Hindu sacred literature called "Upavedas"