RELI 216 Chapter Notes - Chapter 9: Brahmin, Rigveda, Ritual Purification

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Vedas those (cid:449)ho ho(cid:374)o(cid:396) the a(cid:374)(cid:272)ie(cid:374)t s(cid:272)(cid:396)iptu(cid:396)es; the(cid:455)(cid:859)(cid:396)e g(cid:396)ouped togethe(cid:396) u(cid:374)de(cid:396) the te(cid:396)(cid:373) (cid:862)hi(cid:374)duis(cid:373)(cid:863). Sanatana dharma - this is an indigenous term for the veda-based traditions in the entire i(cid:374)dia(cid:374) (cid:396)egio(cid:374). Sanatana (cid:862)ete(cid:396)(cid:374)al(cid:863), (cid:862)ageless(cid:863); this (cid:396)efle(cid:272)ts the (cid:271)elief that this (cid:396)eligio(cid:374) has always existed. Dharma ofte(cid:374) t(cid:396)a(cid:374)slated as (cid:373)ea(cid:374)i(cid:374)g (cid:858)(cid:396)eligio(cid:374)(cid:863), (cid:271)ut the (cid:373)ea(cid:374)i(cid:374)g encompasses matters of duty, natural law, social welfare, ethics, health and transcendental realization. Dharma is a holistic approach to social coherence and the good of all, corresponding to order in the cosmos. According to tradition, there are actually 333 million deities in india. The feeling is that the divine has countless faces, and all are divine. There are extreme variations within sanatana dharma, which reflects its great age. Very few of the religious paths in india have been lost, they all continue to co-exist in present-day india. Schola(cid:396)s a(cid:396)gue that the(cid:396)e a(cid:396)e so (cid:373)a(cid:374)(cid:455) (cid:448)a(cid:396)ious (cid:449)a(cid:455)s that the(cid:396)e(cid:859)s (cid:374)o (cid:272)e(cid:374)t(cid:396)al t(cid:396)aditio(cid:374) (cid:449)hi(cid:272)h (cid:272)a(cid:374) (cid:271)e (cid:272)alled (cid:862)hi(cid:374)duis(cid:373)(cid:863).

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