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Lecture 35 - Hindu God Concept - March 12

Lecture 35 - Hindu God Concept - March 12 - • Hinduism...

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March 12, 2012. Lecture 35 – End of Hinduism Nirguna Brahman = Abstract view of something god-ish Saguna Brahman = God Less abstract way of describing what/who to worship Hindus worship gods/deities in the sense that their belief in one deity does not eliminate or deny the existence of others o For this reason, Hinduism can accept other religions better because they can understand other people worshipping other deities Different kind of monotheism, following one deity, but still accepting existence of others God in Hinduism God(s) has 3 basic functions, as a creator, a maintainer of order, and a destroyer
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Unformatted text preview: • Hinduism puts a heavy weight on narrative and the idea of characters • Creator Brahma o Ganesa , pictured as an elephant type of character, elephant represents lots of creativity and intelligence cause of big ears and heads, good memory cause elephants have that. . • Moderator Vis(h)nu o Rama/Ramayana o Krishna/Mahabharata • Destroyer S(h)iva o • Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are three characters or representations of the same concept...
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