Final2 - Final#2 1. Explain in brief the doctrine of the...

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Final#2 1. Explain in brief the doctrine of the Varnas, the Asramas, the Purusarthas, the Yugas VARNAS - defined as "color", translated as caste, but different from it, no equivalent word Refers to division of society into four Earliest text which mentions formation of 4 classes is the Rg Veda Brahmana - came from the head of cosmic person Ksatriya - arms Warrior Class Vaisya - thigh Merchants/traders/farmers Sudra - leg Workers/labourers It is normal for people to divide. It is also natural to have an affinity towards people in the same group. Based on virtue and action of man, each class is associated with certain qualities and actions. Varna can often be associated with a sense of identity - can't be avoided Duties with respect to Varna is called Svadharma. Subdivisions of varna are called Jati (caste). ASRAMAS - stage of life (there are four of them) Brahmacarya - celibate Before marriage, one must study, acquire knowledge, lay the foundation for the rest of life Grahsta - householder Marriage Intermingling of castes was not recommended Rigidity to maintain the order of society Vanaprastha - forest dweller If person has inclination for spirituality, he must prepare for asceticism, which
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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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