RLG101H5 Study Guide - Bhagavad Gita, Vedas, Aruni

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RLG205H5S INTRODUCTION TO SOUTH ASIAN RELIGIONS
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO AT MISSISSAUGA
STUDY QUESTIONS FOR MID-TERM EXAMINATION
QUESTIONS FROM LECTURES.
FOUR QUESTIONS WILL BE SELECTED FOR THE MID-TERM
EACH QUESTION IS WORTH 5 POINTS.
1. What archeological evidence from the INDUS RIVER VALLEY
CIVILIZATION enables the historian of religion to make conclusions in regard to
religion of that period?
2. Who are INDRA and AGNI and what are their characteristics and functions in
Vedic religion?
3. In the CHANDOGYA UPANISHAD, Chapter 6, UDDALAKA ARUNI, the
father, uses symbolic analogies to teach his son, SHVETAKETU, the meaning of
ATMAN. What is the basic teaching that is symbolized by the bees-honey and
rivers-ocean analogies?
4. What is meant when the Upanishads, especially the BRIHADARANYAKA
UPANISHAD, describe BRAHMAN or ATMAN as “NETI, NETI” “not this, not
what.”
5. In the SHVETASHVATARA UPANISHAD who is the One God who “rules over
the perishable and the self (JIVATMAN)” and who is identified with
BRAHMAN?
6. In the MANDUKYA UPANISHAD three psychological states, the waking state,
the dreaming state and the deep sleep state are used as analogies to meditational
states. Briefly, characterize each state and its relationship to RAJA YOGA?
7. From the LEGEND of THE BUDDHA describe, in detail, the TWO EXTREMES
over against which the BUDDHA created the MIDDLE PATH.
8. Describe, in detail, SIDDHARTHA GAUTAMA’s (the BUDDHA) encounter
with MARA, the ENLIGHTENMENT EXPERIENCE and the FOUR NOBLE
TRUTHS that followed.
9. In the LAWS OF MANU what is the analogy that might be used to describe
ISHVARA (GOD) who “creates the cosmos from his own body” and what do
“THE WATERS” symbolize into which ISHVARA places his SEED?
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