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Unformatted text preview: nishads (“sitting near”) – C. 500 BCE, to accompany the Vedas – Refers to a master­student paradigm – The Upanishads (“sitting near”) The two great Indian epics – Ramayana – Mahabharata: from here we get the most well­ known of Hindu Scriptures The Bhagavad Gita The Bhagavad Gita (“Song of the Lord”) Originates c. 500 BCE Written version as late as 500 CE The god Krishna serves as Arjuna’s charioteer. The nature of reality & the role of humans What follows is summarized in the Gita (i.e., we now have a text of fundamental beliefs) The Path of Desire The Path of Desire Pleasure – Jeremy Bentham’s Hedonism (more is better) – Physical & Sensual Pleasure Worldly Success – Material possessions – I would be happy if… – Fame and Power included Hinduism’s Initial Response Hinduism’s Initial Response If you honestly believe it is right for you, then it’s OK to follow this path. As you pursue the path, follow a basic morality (Golden Rule?) In the end, you will discover that this path leaves you unsatisfied. (You can’t take it with you) The Path of Renunciation The Path of Renunciation “Letting go” vs. “Getting” Stoutzenberger: Parenthood as a universal example of renunciation But there is more than simply doing one’s duty The ultimate goal is moksha (complete renunciation) Achieving “True” Happiness: Achieving “True” Happiness: Key Hin...
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