Exam 1 Essay a

Exam 1 Essay a - In the Hindu religion, it is said that...

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In the Hindu religion, it is said that doing one’s own dharma poorly is better than doing another person’s dharma well. Dharma is a code of living by. Based on Hinduism and what I’ve been taught, I agree with the statement. My agreement with the statement is based on 4 things: the four goals of human life, the caste system, nirvana, and reincarnation. I will also touch upon a religion culturally diffused from Hinduism, Buddhism. In Hindu belief, there are four goals that must be followed: dharma, artha, kama, and moksha. Dharma, like I said before, is a code of living. One must follow their caste system in order to fulfill their dharma. A Hindu must live righteously to uphold a good life. Artha means to pursue material gain by lawful means. Hindus believe that material wealth can create happiness. Kama is sexual desire. Hindus believe that living a sexual life and having many children leads to a better life. Last but not certainly not least is moksha. Moksha is actually the most important goal for Hindus. It is to end the birth, death, birth, death cycle, samsara, and to reach salvation, nirvana. the only way to reach nirvana is to follow the first three goals and work ones way up the caste system. In India there is a caste system. Basically, the caste system is broken down into different social groups. There are 4 main groups: Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, and Shudras. The Brahmins are the highest class filled with the wealthy citizens and priest. Next are the Kshatriyas which is made up of by the military and administrative leaders. Then, Vaisyas which are the professionals like the shop keepers, farmers, and traders. The Shudras are at the bottom, they are the servants. Within these rigid social castes, there are hundreds of groups with small differences. Under those groups there is one more group, the untouchables. They are considered outsiders and are impure. There is no
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course HIST 105 taught by Professor Levine during the Fall '08 term at Brookdale.

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Exam 1 Essay a - In the Hindu religion, it is said that...

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