Lecture 15 revised

Lecture 15 revised - Lecture 15 DIffererence between...

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Lecture 15 DIffererence between Brahmanda and Jiva, Samsara, Karma If we’re looking for permanent happiness and get away from acute suffereing, then our main concern is to get to Brahmanda and that’s the existential issue The philosophical issue is what’s the relationship between Brahmanda and Jiva, etc. In Hinduism, existentialism always trumps philosophical issues How do you related the infinite with the finite, temporary with the untemporary? -Why is it that even though Brahman is all bliss, we still suffer? These are all issues where we can’t find an ultimate RATIONAL answer, an answer that’ll satisfy our mind…especially because we’re below the line. It’s like the child wanting to know how the mother acts… For example…let’s look at pets. Say you have a pet and you disappear for 3 hours…does the dog have any idea what you’re doing…can it? The gap is very great. Unanswerable question… Philosophical Hinduism tries to tackle these issues. It all depends on whether we think Nirgun Brahman as the ultimate reality, or Sagun Brahmin as the ultimate reality. Two arrow experiment… Both are exactly the same length, however why does one appear longer? For example when you put a hockey stick inside a glass of water it appears bent, why? That which APPEARS…is called Maya. For example, why does the sun appear to go around the earth, when reality is the other way around?
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This note was uploaded on 06/02/2011 for the course RELG 348 taught by Professor Sharma during the Spring '10 term at McGill.

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