Upanishads

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 3
  • Lesson
  • Link (online PDF): The Upanishads (Links to an external site.) (Skim the first few chapters or locate a specific section in the table of contents. You are not responsible to read the entire text.)
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source

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  1. Identify and describe one of the five (Brahman and Atman, Maya, Karma, Samsara, Moksha) key concepts from the Upanishads. Examine these teachings and the way they have influenced other expressions of Indian spirituality. Make sure your response is supported with quotes from the Upanishads and citations from scholarly sources.
  2. Choose one of the 4 Yogas. Define this path to the Divine, using examples. How does this path help to lead a person to realization? Why did you choose this path to discuss?

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  • Minimum of 3 posts
  • Initial Post Length: 400-500 words
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 Required Resources

Molloy, M. (2013). Experiencing the world’s religions (6th ed.). New York City, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Upanishads, by Swami Paramananda, or get it online at www.gutenberg.org/license
 

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