Gita 2--short

Gita 2--short - NOTES The Gita Truth and Tradition Unit 1...

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NOTES The Gita: Truth and Tradition Unit 1: Religion and Truth *Does religion offer us truth? *If so, what kinds of truth does it offer? How does religious truth compare to other truths? Are there limits to this kind of truth? Krishna’s advice *In what ways does Krishna offer religious truth as a solution to Arjuna’s  dilemma? Key Term: Metaphysics *The idea that there are permanent and necessary aspects of reality. *There are different ideas about what is ultimately real or “behind” everything: *Divine beings *Mind *Matter in motion… Laws Harmony Beer Nothingness Metaphysics: reaching beyond *There is 1) the world as we experience it, and 2) the deeper reality behind our  experience. The things we experience are the effects of other things- the real  causes/reasons Metaphysics and Truth *There must be some way of getting to this deeper truth of the world.   How can we be in harmony with the world and gain solid knowledge of the  deeper truth? The one or the many? Just for fun, ask yourself whether the universe is one thing or many things. *If you say many, what holds all things together, and wouldn’t this be the one real  Gita 2 on Truth and Tradition 1
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thing “behind” them all? *If you say one, what are the differences we experience?  Merely illusions?  *How could everything be one? How could it not…? *Take two aspirin and call me—no, call your TA—in the morning. Is reality moral? *A key question is whether reality is at bottom concerned with or “built” for  morality. *Is it possible that reality is not aware of us, that there is no higher or deeper truth  than physical stuff? - Modern materialism – no, the universe is made of perticles that have no  consciousness, no purpose, and no sense of good or bad- the universe is not for  or against anything, it is dead. 
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  • Spring '08
  • Adamson
  • Reality, Gita, deeper truth

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