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Unformatted text preview: Householder: “Grihastha” age 20- marriage, raises children Retiree: “Vanaprastha” retire when grandchildren arrive Renunciate: “Sannyasin” only after retirement, is an option The caste system: division of society into stages of life -brahmin: the priest- preforms Vedic rituals and acts as a counselor-kshatriya; the warrior noble- protects society -vaishya: merchant- landowners, money lenders, artisans-shudra: peasant- does manual labor and serves higher castes “once-borne”-dalit: the untouchable- does the dirty work of cleaning toilets, sweeping streets, etc. Other key terms : yoga; meditation; OM Yoga: used to help people spiritually, path or way to seek inside knowledge Meditation: major practice in Hinduism OM: functions as mantra and symbol- technique to help settle your mind...
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- Spring '08
- Hinduism, Vedas, preforms Vedic rituals, studies religious work