Religion Notes 01.31.11 - Religion Notes 01/31/11 3 Gunas...

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Religion Notes 01/31/11 3 Gunas The Tamas is related to Shiva, which is associated with transcendence, formlessness, and aloofness from society. Also associated with asceticism. The Sattvas is related to Vishnu, which relates to immanence, and takes form (as avatars), and is associated with society. They pave the way to the warrior and king class, which result in the Kshatriyas. The Rajas. 2 Ways of Representing Shiva: Anthropomorphically -Iconic – seeks to convey likeness to human form, as seen in imagery, pictures, and sculptures -Biological Symbolically -Geometrically -An-iconic – impossibility of likeness to human form – pure difference (formlessness) -Mind is not equipped to convey pure difference -Semiotic Tamas -Disintegration as understood through: -Beginning → End -Existence → Non-existence Symbolic/Geometric -Lingam -An-iconic representation – Non-humanistic image -Biologically, lingam corresponds to: -Erect phallus of Shiva – the male symbol of procreation/fertility
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