Study Guide - Hinduism - Religion Study Guide Hinduism 1 The Vedas(means knowledge or wisdom Scriptures of the Hindus Most holy most spiritual and

Study Guide - Hinduism - Religion Study Guide Hinduism 1...

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Religion Study Guide – Hinduism 1. The Vedas – (means knowledge or wisdom) Scriptures of the Hindus Most holy, most spiritual, and oldest scriptures Four books: o 1) Rig Veda Hymns to ancient gods o 2) Sama Veda Chants and hymns for sacrifices… purifies listeners o 3) Yajur Veda Directions for rituals and sacrifices o 4) Arthava Veda Self-help with evil and negative emotions 2. The Bhahavad Gita – “Song of the Blessed Lord” Pandavas vs. Kauravas Arjuna and Krishna (Family vs. Dharma) Samsara, Avatar 3 . Dharma – a.k.a. the Path of Renunciation … Religion of duty Renouncing the now for the future Changing focus from the self to the universe 4. Moksha – the release of the soul from a cycle of rebirths; one of the four goals of life 5. Atman – the essence of Brahman that is present in individuals (the universal self) 6. Brahman – the name of the highest deity, the Absolute 7. Brahma – ultimate reality; the creator 8. Vishnu

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