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Lecture Notes on Hinduism-March 12

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Andre Maintenay

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March 12
- best suited for emotional individuals
- use emotion skillfully (karma ± use no emotion)
- emotion is a source of chaos Æ KARMA
- emotion = wild horses (need to be controlled ± the mind is in control) Æ KARMA
- in Bhakti ± channel emotion in a different direction NOT to control it ± hatred is a
disapproval of god, jealous is channeled with god, etc. (use emotion creatively, put your
emotion in the service of this one primary relationship with god ± making this
- Hinduism has well developed mythology related to different figures (deities/gods)
o Symbolic and metaphorical
o Importance not the detail of these stories but the symbolic value (representations ±
elephants represent prosperity)
o Logically and rationally stories may not make sense
o Creative
o Narratives are an avenue for allowing a culture to reconcile values that may
logically/rationally are irreconcilable
o Aspiration for something bigger
Hard to get a very religious life and worldly life at the same time
Concept of God in Hinduism:
- a concept that exists for those who need it to exist
(different concepts of the same type of divinity)
SIVA (destroyer) ± dressed in clothes of trhe wilderness (tree bark/animal skin); living in remote
mountain areas ± wild looking ± long matted locks ± body smeared with ash; surrounded by wild
animals, snake around his neck ± symbolically underscore his association with the wild (anti-
social) immersed in an intense religious practice ± third eye on his forhead ± when the third eye
opens (usually closed) signals apocalyptic destruction
- gods find sivas threatening because asceticism is giving him power
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