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Unformatted text preview: Many gods? Many nature gods observing rta Indra vs. Vrtra, Agni, Surya, Gandharvas & Apsaras, Varuna Functioning of the universe All follows rta, cosmic order If rta disturbed, Varuna punishes Also rta, but inherent in Brahman If disturbed, then Visnu descends in the form of Avatara Creation myth 1. Purusha in Rgveda 4-fold division(BKVS) (different potential of individuals; social needs; all interdependent) 2. Nasadiya Hymn: universe from nothingness or chaotic state 3. Dont know Creation myth in Puranas- Brahman and Hindu Trinity- Eternal cycle of creation, sustenance and destruction- destruction considered not negative Good & Evil the thing which follows rta or which is conducive to HBs (e.g. Indra vs Vrtra)...
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- Spring '08