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Unformatted text preview: How is the hierarchy of the Four Classes (var ṇ as) described in the Rg Veda? In the Rg Veda it said “ From his mouth came the priestly class From his arms, the rulers The producers came form his legs; From his feet cam the servant class. The four classes, or varnas as they are known, derived from cosmic sacrifice of the Supreme Person ( Purusa Sukta). The priest class is known as the Brahmins. The ruling class was a military class known as the Ksatiriya. The producing class was a large peasants and artisan group known as the Viasya. The final servant was known as the Sudra class. What is the relationship between action (karma), the cycle of continuing rebirth (sa ṃ sāra), and liberation (mok ṣ a)? Oxtoby states that Karma is literally translated to mean ‘action’. In the Upanisads it develops to mean “the system of rewards and punishment attached to various actions”. According to the belief of Karma actions in the system of rewards and punishment attached to various actions”....
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course REL 2317 taught by Professor Neeli during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.
- Spring '08