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Unformatted text preview: Rudra (paradoxically both “dread mountain god” and “gentle healer presiding over medicinal plants” Liturgical Deities Agni (holy fire) Soma (holy liquid) Brahmanaspati (holy words-prayers) Caste System – (Varnas and Jati) Brahmins (priests) Kshatriyas (nobles) Vaisyas (Aryan commoners) Shudras (non Aryan commoners) harijian- outcaste (untouchable) The Three Margas Karma Marga (Thehakti Marga Ways of Works- moral and ritual) – Vedas and Brahmanas Daily Pujas and lifelong process of ritual observance will assure a safe passage to- “the World of the Fathers” Four Stages of Hindu Life Apprenticeship Householder Forest dweller (pilgrimage) Moksha (sannyasin) Karma Marga (The Way of Works- morals and ritual)- Vedas and Brahmanas Jnana Marga (The Way of Knowledge) – Vedas and the Upanishads) Bkakti Marga (The way of Devotion)- The Bhagavad Gita...
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2011 for the course RELIGION 830 taught by Professor Bishop during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.
- Spring '11