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An Analysis of Five General Manifestations of Brahman
The Identity of Brahman Originally part of the rich oral tradition of Southeast Asia, the Upaniṣads are revered as one of the foundational texts of Hinduism, a religion of over 900 billion adherents. Constructed over a long period of time beginning in the Pre-Buddhist period, the Upaniṣads provide commentary on virtually...
A Discussion on the Differences and Commonalities in Hindu Thought
Recognized as the third largest religion in the world as well has the oldest continual religious tradition, Hinduism is a rich and complex tapestry of countless schools of thought and religious practices. Among the core conflicts or points of departure in Hinduism are the views as to the nature of the world and the human c...
Renunciation and Asceticism in the Bhagavad Gita
Renunciation and Asceticism in the Bhagavad Gītā The Indian mystic and controversial teacher Chandra Mohan Jain, also known as Osho, in reference to renunciation once said, “Dropping the idea of ownership is renunciation. Renunciation is not dropping the possessions but possessiveness.” While the “Rolls-Royce Guru” may...
Hinduism in One Nation Under Gods by Dr. Peter Manseau
East Meets West Hinduism is probably among the religions the average person is likely to say has influenced American history and thought. However, Dr. Peter Manseau reveals a surprisingly large impact in One Nation Under Gods. In the twelfth chapter, “Krishna’s Sisters,” Manseau explorers how Hindu teachings and philosophi...
A History of the Spread of Buddhism in China After the Fall of the Han Dynasty
Document Based Question During the period of political instability after the fall of the Han Dynasty around the year 220 C.E. China was exposed to Buddhism, a religion and a lifestyle that questioned some of the Confucianist ideals. As Confucianism was the main religion in China many people refuted Buddhism, however becau...
The Hindu's Ideas and Concepts of Life and the Human Self in Bhagavad Gita
Hindu View of Human Self The ideals and concepts of life vary immensely for each religion. From the approximately twenty different religions that exist, each religion consists of its own perceptions and beliefs of life and the human self. The Bhagavad Gita strongly emphasizes a majority of the Hindu’s conceptions of the h...
The Concept of Vedanta Philosophy and Monism in India
The Vedanta philosophy and way of thinking takes root in the ancient Indian philosophy writing of the Upanishads. It is based around a monist world view, meaning all things in this world are one and all these things are god basically which is called Brahmin. This sort of an idea favors devotion over faith in one Supreme Bei...
Are Hinduism's Practices Philosophical or Strictly Religious?
Hinduism: Philosophy or Not It would be distasteful to dismiss Hinduism’s practices as just strictly religious. Though there are scheduled rituals and beliefs and institutional structures that come out of it such as the caste system, this would categorize it as a religion. However, when looking at the ancient text of t...
Understanding the Practice and Beliefs of the Vedanta Society
The building was nondescript, the only thing setting it apart from the countless other apartments on the street was the small sign beside the door inscribed “The Vedanta Society”. The interior was just as plain, as the shrine was only a small room filled with chairs and an alter in the front. The only things to adorn the...
The Development of Brahmanism and Its Influence on Indian Society
The development of Brahmanism affected society in classical India by creating stability. The caste system, the Vedas and the ideas of karma and reincarnation supported this stability of society. The caste system is a group of distinctive social classes, and it placed Brahmins at the top of the social ‘pyramid’, the warriors...