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What are Betrand Russell's three problems of religion?
nature, others, and self
Which of Betrand Russell's problems is addressed by the religionsof South Asia?
self
What are the 6 characteristics of a mystical experience?
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1. Ineffable
2. Noetic
3. Joy
4. Passivity
5. Transient
6. Unity
One of the six char. of mystical experience.
-Can't describe/share in words
ineffable
One of the six char. of mystical experience.
-gives knowlege/conviction/
noetic
One of the six char. of mystical experience.
-intense emotion
Joy
One of the six char. of mystical experience.
-subject not in control of the experience
Passivity
One of the six char. of mystical experience.
-experience is temporary
Transient
One of the six char. of mystical experience.
-oneness
Unity
What are the three bodies?
1. Gross body- waking
2. Subtle body- dreaming
3. causal body- dreamless sleep
What is atman?
deepest nature of self
What were the primary elements of ancient aryan worship?
1. hereditary priesthood
2. sacrifices to nature gods
3. offerings of food, drink, animals
4. outdoor fire altars
5. memorized vedic chants
When was the Axis Age? Why was it significant?
800 BCE - 200 BCE Question of relgious traditions
What are the four goals?
1. Pleasure
2. accomplishment
3. duty
4. liberation
What are the four stages of life?
1. student
2. house holder
3. retiree
4. renunciate
What are the five castes?
1. priest
2. warrior
3. merchant
4. peasant
5. untouchable
Whate are the four yogas and what is the distinctive path to union w/the divine they each offer?
1. Jnana -knowlege
2. Karma- selfless action
3. Bhakti- devotion
4. Raja- meditation
hatha- physical excersises. step 3 of raja
What are the 3 gods of the Hindu Trimurti and what are there respective roles?
1. Brahman- creator
2. vishnu- preserver
3. shiva- dissolver
What is ganges?
a river in india
hindu/indus/india
A family of related beliefs and practices from the indus river valley
Harappa/aryan
means noble
Brahman
sacred devine reality
Atman; Namaste; "thou art that"
we are one
Maya
illusion
karma
to do. Moral law of cause and effect
samsara
circle of death and rebirth
moksha
liberation of freedom
shruti/"om"
Heard
A-creation
u
m-dissolution silence
vedas
knowlege of sacred love
rig veda
reality is one
upanishads
to sit down near
vedanta
metaphysical dialogues
"end of the vedas"
ramayana; rama
epics incarnations about the god Rama
mahabharata; krishna
epics incarnations about the god krishna
bhagavad gita
a story within the mahabharata about prince arjuna and his carioteer krishna
Yoga
state of union or path to union
samadhi
state of conciousness from meditation
brahmin
priests
sunnyasin
a wondering holy person
Brahma
creator
Vishnu
preserver
shiva
dissolver
kalkin
a future savior
murti
image in which the devine spirit is expressed
avatar
incarnation of a higher being
saguna Brahman
with(su) qualities/ attributes (suma)
guru
spiritual teacher
darshan
sight
Brahma
creator