PHIL 3 - The Upanishads A. The collection of Indian...

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The Upanishads A. The collection of Indian religious teachings, also known as the Upanishads, is composed of several different concepts that our society is familiar with today. It teaches that the core of Hinduism beliefs is founded upon the ideas of finding one’s own sense of Self to later become selfless or “ miratman” . This further leads to his ability to become a being “without origin” or released from the continuous cycle of reincarnation (punarjanma) to become closer to the Absolute being (Brahma) in this state of nirvana (moksha). Many ideas that we use today are also explained in this composition such as the concept of doing good to others so that good is returned and done to oneself, also known as karma. The most common and recurring theme in every chapter of The Upanishads is the idea of Self that exists all around us. Self is the key to our existence, is God, is Love, and is even our natural world in the air we breathe and the water we drink. Examples of Self can be found in chapters such as the Brhadaranyaka Upanisad
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2008 for the course PHIL 262g taught by Professor Yaffe during the Fall '06 term at USC.

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PHIL 3 - The Upanishads A. The collection of Indian...

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