Assignment #2 - Sweta Ramachandran Chiarrucci 224 Wheeler...

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Sweta Ramachandran Chiarrucci 224 Wheeler South and Southeast Asian Studies 17 September 2007 Assignment #2 Both the Rgveda and the Upanisads are part of the Vedas, a large corpus of sacred texts that are not human compositions but rather directly revealed, and thus are called sruti (“what is heard”). The Rgveda is a collection of short hymns mostly devoted to the praise of gods and many of which are intended for various sacrificial rituals. Unlike the Rgveda , the Upanisads are largely philosophical works in dialog form. They discuss the question of nature, philosophy, and the fate of the soul, and contain some mystic and spiritual interpretations of the Vedas. Although both are part of the Vedas, the emphasis on ethical behavior found in the Katha Upanisad contrasts sharply with the largely celebratory nature of the Rgvedic hymns. “The Upanisads represent some of the most important literary products in the history of Indian culture and religion, both because they played a critical role in the
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