The Logic of Hinduism

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The Logic of Hinduism
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Lecture Outline 1) Hindu creation story 2) Meditation Why? How? 2) Plato and Krishna 3) Lila and Maya 4) Historical Context: Indian Feudalism
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Brahman (Divine Nature) Brahma (as Creator) with Saraswati (Knowledge) Vishnu (as Preserver) with Lakshmi (Love) Shiva (as Destroyer) with Kali (Transformation) or Parvati Krishna with Radha Human Avatars Buddha Trimurti (Hindu Trinity) and Avatars Arjuna, and You--when enlightened Gods and Goddesses Ganesh
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4 Krishna and Radha
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1) Atman and Brahman: From Unity to Separation to Unity 1) Diversity of individualities, personalities, ways of life and deities (Illusion) 2) The ordinary personality (“ego”) is not one’s true Self, Atman, which is one with Brahman 3)Atman/Brahman unifies the seemingly separate individualities
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Hindu creation story: 1) Brahman expresses itself (emanates) in Atman (the Souls, higher Selves) Contrast with God creating the world in Genesis: Here there is no separation between Creator and Creation 2) Atman loses (forgets) itself and identifies with the physical being as separate and independent reality illusion of the egos, the separated selves (Maya) 3) Rediscovery of one’s true Self = return to oneness of Brahman in the play of life (Lila) =Return to the Source
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Ordinary Self of Civilization (ego) Focus is on sensible world of pleasure and pain, power and powerlessness, pursuing wealth and avoiding poverty Seeks rewards outside the present action: in the future (including motive to raise oneself in the caste hierarchy in the next life) Experiences negative consequences of the past (external punishment, internal guilt) = World of opposites: Maya (illusion)
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True Self (Atman) Turn within; find point of permanence in the impermanent present, the “ now The past and future are not ; only the present is Atman (true Self) is one with Brahman, the universal Spirit
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The human soul can recognize unchangeable truths. E.g., The Theorem of Pythagoras. We can recognize unchanging Beauty in itself in the changing beautiful things. The soul must be like what it knows and loves. Therefore, the soul must also be unchangeable
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course UGC 111 taught by Professor Bono during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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