01:840:211 Study Guide - Fall 2018, Comprehensive Midterm Notes - Asia, Vedas, Rigveda

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MIDTERM EXAM
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Fall 2018
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Gita
The mind is refined form of nature
Lucity
Passion
Dark inertia (numb and dull)
These three qualities characterize the body
The self is not involved with activities of nature
Renunciation- to give up
Renounce class duties (Hard to leave)
Only interested in spiritual liberation
Moksha- ultimate liberation
“It is better to perform one's duty imperfectly than someone else's”
Best form of actions
Sacrifice
Charity
Penance
Physical aspect is individuality
Atman-soul universal
Fighting against attachment and desire
Exam 1
Half of the exam will be on the gita
30 questions MC
15 on Gita
Other 15 are on the first three text
Focus on in class reading
Know the basics of the Indus Valley Civilization (First notes on sakai)
Urban Civ that flourished 13 to 1500 BC
Aryans then entered indus valley
What is the Veda?
Basic gods we covered
Agni (RigVeda)
Soma (RigVeda)
Indura (rigVeda)
Hymn to primal person pursa (End of RigVeda)
Sacrifice made the cosmos
Classes first appeared in the text
Four layers of Veda
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Upanishad notes. The four groups of vedas and the four layers
RigVeda
Upanishads
Chandoka
The conversation between father and son (What is the nature of the self?)
Uses several metaphors
Invisible being
Focus on the last several verses
Brahtman (Ultimate reality)
Mondaka
Focus on the first couple pages
Higher and lower knowledge
Dharmasustra
What is Atman?
Four classes
In sanskrit term
Source of Dharma (Duty)
Creation
Consequences of sins and liberation
WHo handles the dead bodies?
Know the general outline of what kind of text it is and what does it cover?
Where is that passage from?
Gita
Know what kind of text it is
Where it is from (Epic from mahbarta)
Who is krishna
Who is arjuna
Know the basic setup
What does the scene look like
Dilemmas that fronts Arjuna
Class duty vs Family Duty
Doesn’t know nature of self
What did krishna propose to solve Arjuna’s problem
Three paths
Knowledge
Action
Devotion
Three qualities of Nature
Where out action forms
Lucity
Passion
Dark inertia (numb and dull)
Karma Yoga (Path of action)
Atman
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The mind is refined form of nature. The self is not involved with activities of nature. It is better to perform one"s duty imperfectly than someone else"s . Half of the exam will be on the gita. Other 15 are on the first three text. Know the basics of the indus valley civilization (first notes on sakai) Urban civ that flourished 13 to 1500 bc. Hymn to primal person pursa (end of rigveda) The four groups of vedas and the four layers. The conversation between father and son (what is the nature of the self?) Know what kind of text it is. Where it is from (epic from mahbarta) What did krishna propose to solve arjuna"s problem. Broader epic: a part of the most famous epic. There were two famous indian epics. (rayana and mahabharata) dramatized story of heroes is an epic. Who has the right to succeed the throne. Could not have kids because of curses.

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