Shramana

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Shramana 08/02/2008 10:20:00 Social context of Upanishadic period –  800-400 bce, India not uniformly Vedic Indo-Iranians slowly came into the north, as they spread to the south there  was a culture clash 4 classes – way to incorporate people into it During upanishadic time, there were non-vedic ascetics Ascetic – someone who does severe practices – fasting, celibacy, not  bathing, meditation – to get intense religious insight Called sramanas/ shramanas Shramanas  Interacted with Vedic people, affected practice, so  vedic people who studied/ advocated Upanishad worldview did ascetic pratice like shramanas
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Unformatted text preview: Internalized sacrificed Also influenced the Buddha Caused tension between social community and ascetic community Social: external sacrifice, social life Ascetic: Internal sacrifice, dropout community, werent getting married or working How to reconcile? Not fair for social classes not be have access to Moksha Incorporating moksha for everyone happened outside Vedas, vedic canon closed with Upanishads other genres/ kinds of religious works smriti- that which is remembered not vedic, but authoritative 08/02/2008 10:20:00 08/02/2008 10:20:00...
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