“ Dismemberment: The Primeval Man Is Sacrificed” by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty, Girardian Lectionary
“Karma (Hinduism)”, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University
“Dharma and Other Terms in Hinduism” by Gavin Flood, BBC
“Reincarnation: Its meaning and consequences” by Ernest Valea, ComparativeReligion.com
“The Story of Arjuna and His Charioteer” from Nithyananda Times
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Upon successful completion of this lesson, students should be able to:
First, review the lesson objectives. Then, be sure you have a good understanding of the following terms and can use them in context on the midterm exam.
1. Describe the creation story of Purusha from the Rig Veda. Be explicit about how his body became different parts of the world and comment on the concept of duality or multiplicity in this story.
2. Compare and contrast Hinduism with other spiritual beliefs from Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China (Buddhism in particular). What are some common elements among these belief systems? What are some key differences?
1. Read a translated portion of the Rig Veda writings from the link in the syllabus. In the Rig Veda, what happens when Purusha is sacrificed? Give specifics on his “parts.” How is this sacrifice significant in the overall meaning of the story? What does this sacrifice create?
2. How does Hinduism view the following concepts: Karma, Dharma, and Reincarnation. Use the links in the syllabus to help you understand the meanings of these words in the Hindu context.
3. Why is Arjuna so upset about going into battle in the Bhagavad Gita? (Why is he complaining?) How does his charioteer answer him, and what is the charioteer's real identity? Refer to the link in the syllabus.
NOTE: From time to time, these web pages may "disappear." Please notify your instructor if you find broken links, so they may be replaced.