Analysis: Katha Upanishads And The Persian Wars

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Discover Your Atman or Strive For True Happiness?
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Katha Upanishads vs The Persian Wars
When analyzing different works of literature it can be approached from many different viewpoints. Looking at what the author is saying is one way to analyze the text, but also not just what they are saying but, how they are saying it. To determine how they are portraying their message means to identify and examine literary devices are utilized. The structure in which the author writes is one way to convey what the author is saying but also the literary devices used such as a metaphor. When analyzing the Upanishads we see how the author uses metaphors and when analyzing Herodotus we see how the structure of how it's written administers
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Spiritual text meaning it associated with an religion/belief system. The Upanishad is commonly paired with Hinduism and also shared with Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. The specific text from the Katha Upanishads that will be focusing on is titled: Driving the Chariot. The Upanishads states; “Know the Atman as Lord of chariot; and the body as the chariot itself”(Pg.955). This is starting off the beginning of an extended metaphor used particularly for its relation to the specific culture of that time period . The Atman is not a physical person but more so the essence of the spiritual individual within. So this first line is saying how the body(chariot) should be guided by the person you are within. To continue to build on this metaphor the author compares more elements of the body to the other components of an chariot in the next two paragraphs. The Atman is the lord of the chariot, the body is the chariot itself, the mind is the reins, reason is the driver who controls these ‘reins’, the horses are the senses, and the path is the object of these senses. To elaborate more on the horses and the path they are taking, by saying that the horses are the senses it saying how we should train the senses. Train the senses in a matter that they know the objective of the path and only become attracted to the important things on the

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