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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 24 March-04-10 Karma yoga is like "a drop of water on a lotus leaf" -the leaf has a wax coating therefore the water is on the leaf but never attached to it What actions and duties are we expected to do? Varna Varna-"colour" Translated as caste but different from caste; there is no equivalent English word for varna Refers to the division of the society into 4 castes References to varna found in Bhagavad Gita God has created 4 classes among human beings Earliest text which mentions the formation of the 4 classes is the Rg Veda Purusa Sukta hymn describes the cosmic person; speaks of the evolution from this cosmic person Classes: Brahmana -came from the head of the cosmic person Priest/teacher Ksatriya -arms Warrior class Vaisya - thigh Merchants/traders/farmers Sudra -leg Workers/labourers The Rg Veda also says that the Sun and Moon came from the eyes of the cosmic person This division of classes/varnas among human beings, according to the Rg Veda, is a natural order...
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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.
- Spring '10