Upanishads

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Upanishads 01/02/2008 10:02:00 Quiz: from samhitas/brahmanas to aranyakas/Upanishads READ KNIPE – Hinduism Upanishads: secret Hidden correspondences in ritual and mantras Development of necessity for moksa Moksha – liberation or release Early Vedic period Samhita brahmana time Rita important, not much speculation on after life Late Vedic Period Aranyakas/Upanishads Speculation on where you go after death people who did good karma would go to the land of the fathers where they  would enjoy good feasting and time with those they lost Karma – ritual action, action in sacrificial sphere of life Had not moral or ethical connotation By performing rituals all your life, you accumulate karma which you spend as  time in land of fathers One karma runs out, you come back to the earth as plants etc which are  eaten by animals of humans Then you are reborn as a human
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Unformatted text preview: Cyclical, cycle of rebirth is called samsara • Rebirth is also redeath • It’s a permanent, unsatisfying • Samsara is seen as negative ← Moksha is liberation from samsara to something permanent and satisfying • Immortality in the land of the fathers, but not necessarily personal ← Union with the most real substance in the universe – hidden correspondences ← Atman – permanent, unchanging essence/soul of people • Pre Upanishads • Also used in different ways, a word for breath, a word for self in the ritual arena • Everyones atman is connected • Linked to Brahman – ultimate reality – substance that underlies multiplicity – brihad aranyaka (pg 55 of Kessler) ← More than one creation story because there was more to be revealed 01/02/2008 10:02:00 ← 01/02/2008 10:02:00 ←...
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