Shramana - • Internalized sacrificed • Also influenced...

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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, weren’t 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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