Intro Religions Slide 14 Hindu Vedanta

Intro Religions Slide 14 Hindu Vedanta - Hindu approach to...

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Hindu approach to suffering
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Parade of Ants Background Puranas Stories of gods, heroes, etc. (400 BCE-400 CE) They include Garuda asking Vishnu about what to do with the dead and dying. East vs. West Theodicies Not about questioning God More mechanistic, actions, not a focus on pleasing or displeasing a God.
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Key terms in Hinduism Key terms samsara - the cycle of life, death, and rebirth karma - literally, action; the idea that what we do in this life shapes the circumstances of our subsequent lives varnashramadharma - one’s duty as determined by one’s social class and stage in life moksha - liberation from samsara, achieved by following one’s varnashramadharma
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Parade of Ants Narrative set up Indra Indra is the ancient god of thunder and warfare “King of the Gods” He is having Vishvakarman build him a grand palace. Vishvakarman god of arts and crafts Brahma “demiurgic creator, the pristine embodiment of Universal Spirit”
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What happens next in the narrative? Vishnu takes on the form of a brahmin boy. He asks Indra how much more Vishvakarman will have to build, since no other Indra built such a palace. He begins explaining to Indra the nature of the universe. The brahmin boy claims to know
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Intro Religions Slide 14 Hindu Vedanta - Hindu approach to...

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