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Unformatted text preview: • Ahimsa – nonviolence/reverence for all life Reincarnation • Karma produced by one’s mortal life determines next rebirth of that soul o Piety, meditation, asceticism, eternal truth can escape from cycle Achieve moksha – blissful rejoining • Cows revered for creation/motherhood • Late Vedic times (600 BCE) dominated by trinity of Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma (deities/creators) o Shiva most commonly worshipped (creator/destroyer, harvest/fertility/yogis) • Like Buddhism/Zoroastrianism, Hinduism accepted presence of evil/suffering, recognized that people (good, evil) must come to terms w/nature/ cosmos • No fixed/uniform rituals o No day, some offerings, prayer • Hindu festivals o Diwali (fall-festival of lights), spring (Itali) • Hinduism long recognized human life, achieving material well-being – artha , provide family, personal love/sex – kama o Parts of human nature/good...
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- Fall '08
- Hinduism, war god Indra, caste Hindu Beliefs, Hindu holy man, Main ethical text