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In Clooneys Hindu Wisdom the Hindu Creation Myth from the Brhadaranyaka Upanishads is translated as The Great Forest Teaching It indicates features of Indian thinking about beginnings creation and creativity that are basic and influential even today Clooney 1 It tells us that self is the source of everything Clooney 4 Without knowing yourself first you cannot know anything else You must look inward not to a supreme being in order to find the true meaning of life Clooney 4 When studying other religions no matter how different they are from your own you must figure out who you are from the beginning in order to take anything away from any other religion By knowing about other religious traditions you can know yourself more deeply and in a new and different way Clooney 4 The Hindu Creation Story is different from most other religions creation story because creation of the universe was from self instead of a supreme being For example in Christianity God created us from nothing in six days where as in the Hindu myth man created the universe By learning about other religions in a spiritual way we enter into a living connection with that other tradition What is uncomfortable or bizarre to us in the beginning eventually becomes part of the greater self that we are only beginning to understand We are nurtured by that wisdom and it becomes a part of us Clooney 5 From the beginning the world was self in the form of a human being who occupied the world alone Clooney 2 Because man was alone he was afraid which made him desire a second person Consequently he created woman Man unified with woman and as a result the human race was born Woman felt almost incestuous being made from man so she concealed herself in disgrace Clooney 2 In humiliation she changed form into a cow Man became a bull and unified with her
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