MELTED IN LOVE.”
Complex variety of religious paths
in Hinduism- “Family of Faiths”
Hinduism has not taken root
outside its state of origin like
Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.
All that honor Vedas
Grouped under term Hinduism
Hinduism is an invaders term
Indigenous term- Sanatana
Sanatana- eternal, ageless
Dharma- support, religion
Meaning in life encompasses matters of
duty, natural law, social welfare, ethics and
direction of all activities in life toward
transcendental realization- “Every Part of
Extreme Asceticism Extreme
Heights of personal devotion to deity
heights of abstract philosophy
Metaphysical oneness behind the material
world worship of images representing
Doctrines are not a focus for Hindus
Myriads of Paths
Hard to trace chronologically all
Truth is one, sages call it by various
names. -Rig Veda
Life is transitory and world illusory
Human accomplishment is not
important, life of the soul is important.
Contrast the focus of Hinduism with American culture: Life of the
soul vs. human accomplishment.
Discuss: Things in our society that point to human
accomplishment, Hindu society that point to soul.
“What you believe and value determines what you do/your
actions.”? Hypothesize what this looks like for a Hindu from what
we looked at today? What does life look like for a Hindu?
Choose two students to summarize/explain Hinduism’s
HW- Read and Outline p. 80-88 and prepare for Quiz