Lecture 3 - I II Hinduism Lecture 3 East/West Cultural...

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Hinduism Lecture 3 I. East/West Cultural Differences a. Western “outer science” i. Focused attention on explaining nature- natural world 1. has developed sophisticated outer sciences b. Eastern “inner science” i. Developed inner science of the mind 1. turned inner 2. not the brain 3. surpasses the thinking of the inner mind from the West c. each civilization focused on a different aspect of reality i. mastered aspect they were investigating ii. neglected the other aspect iii. neither has mastered both II. Introduction a. First Indian Civilization was located in the Indus Valley i. Excavation 1. large bath/pools a. some form of religious purification 2. female goddess statues ii. farming society b. Aryan culture i. Not farmers 1. herders and warriors a. masculine gods ii. Sanskrit = sacred language they developed iii. most Hinduism is product of the Aryan culture c. General themes of Hindu Map of Reality i. No central creed 1. no one statement that summarizes Hinduism ii. Many sacred text
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course RL ST 001 taught by Professor Smith,curtisd during the Spring '07 term at Penn State.

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Lecture 3 - I II Hinduism Lecture 3 East/West Cultural...

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