RLG205 April 1, 2013
There were three responses by the Indians
On the liberal side of things, there were figures such as Ram Mohun Roy and the whole
Brahmo Samaj. There were people like Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi,
Aurobindo Ghosh (who we
RLG205 - November 5, 2012
ifferent schools of philosophy
Whats the relationship between me and you
Do things exist? Does world outside exist?
Accepts the Vedas for having authority but only
RLG205 November 7, 2012
Two schools of thought: Nyaya Vaisesika and Mimansa
These two schools give us an answer to
What is the I and what is the relationship between the I and the world,
Is there only one I/self or are there multiple selves?
RLG205 November 19, 2012
6 schools of philosophy (Sankhya,)
Yoga school adopts the entire philosophical system of the Sankhya school with one very
Yoga and Sankhya
Sankhya is more like the theory, Yoga is mor
RLG205 November 21, 2012
Sankhya = rational, Yoga = practical
Yoga works with the mind.
Mind is one of the higher forms of Prakrti (NOT PURUSA)
The Mind is like a lake or water, which under optimal conditions and was completely
RLG205 - October 1st, 2012
Upanishads are fascinated with the idea of where we come from
What's more important than anything else is one's internal knowledge
You need to know the meaning behind everything
Knowledge more important than action
RLG 205 - October 3, 2012
Idea of Brahman is responding to the question of "who is that act"
How do we explain continuity when we are faced with the facts of change.
Hindu answer to this^: At the heart of all change (which is neverending), there is
RLG205 October 17, 2012
Gaps between Vedic tradition and Hindu religions
Changes in ideology from Vedic to Indic
Sketching out sociological elements and factors involved in those changes
Period from late Upanishads to the
RLG205 - October 29, 2012
Sociological changes that impacted the development of Hinduism.
End of the Vedic periods, coming into the common era
Various types of sociological changes.
Orthodox tradition felt itself to be greatly threatened
RLG 205 - September 19, 2012
Major Source for Hindu history:
Literary texts (like Vedas)
Aryan Invasion Theory:
Aryans were a race of people who originated among the Indo-Europeans, marched into
the Indian subcontinent and took over. They controlled and t
RLG205 March 27, 2013
Hes the second generation of reformers (after Raja Ram Mohun Roy, etc)
One of the most influential figures in Hinduism
Asks, Have you seen God?
Most Sadhus that he met
RLG205 March 13, 2013
A lot of criticism of monotheism and idolatry
Strategy to advance the cause to dominant Christian and European thinking.
There would be things that they would emulate
Used European thought and Christia
What does the title mean?
o One meaning of the word Samskara. Most common is that of a sacrement or
RIGHT of passage. Think of whats happening in the novel, and read it through
that sense. On the one hand its talking about the basic sacrim
RLG205 December 03, 2012
Sankhya And Advaita
Very Similar in many ways. How the world evolves, how human psycholgy works, all
these are similar
Major difference: Samkhya says that Purusa and Prakrti are completely independent of
each other. Advaita says t
Traversing the Dark Waters (kala pani) to contact with the West has had a detrimental effect on
the development of Hinduism. Bridging the Dark Waters has been most beneficial to
Hinduism. Discuss either proposition. Isolating specific issues and arguments
interdependence, self sacrifice, and devotion.
1. It could be argued that a great deal of Hindu mythology reflects a tension characteristic of Hinduism: the
conflict between renuniciation of the world, and engagement with the world. With reference to myth
RLG205 February 6, 2013
We want to study it as a work of literature
Last class we came to the text from the perspective of Bhakti. We arrived at Ramayana
by looking at the figure of Ram, who is an avatara of Vishnu.
To begin with, were looking at
RLG205 February 11, 2013
We havent talked much about the individual sects of the Hindu tradition.
The sects devoted to the gods are called Sakta.
These are very popular in the eastern parts of India (Orissa, etc)
Vaishnavism and sects devo
RLG205 January 07, 2013
Maya and Brahman
How is it that if reality is one (As Sankara told), how is it that we perceive difference?
How is it that in our ordinary way, we see differences?
We have to rationalize those kinds of differences.
What is the answ
RLG205 January 09, 2013
Associated particularly with Ramanuja (philosopher of the Visistadvaita tradition)
This school excels in nyana (knowledge). Focuses on highest knowledge.
Visit Advaita is much more interested in bhakti, quite p
RLG205 January 30, 2013
We have shiva constructed as a remote, controlled figure who is PASSIVE in the world
Hes not doing or initiating much action
He has to always be drawn into ACTIVITY in the world and the primary me
Rig, Sama, Yajur, Atharva Vedas
Lengthy comentaries on each of the vedic texts.
Means "wilderness" or "forest"
Wilderness implies distance from society. Stands in opposition to society.
Are a genre of texts w