Hinduism - Day #5

"Bright but hidden,

the Self dwells in the heart.

Everything that moves,

breathes, opens, and closes,

lives in the Self.

He is the source of love

And may be known through love

but not through thought.

He is the goal of life.

Attain this goal!

- Upanishads

These are the articles from the Hinduism packet for today:

  • "Best Revolution; The Peacemaker," The New York Times, April 18, 1999
  • "The Other Face of Fanaticism," The New York Times, February 2, 2003
  • "All in the Family," The New York Times, August 26, 2007
  • "India's Internal Partition," The New York Times, August 15, 2007

It's funny how things work out... I'm looking at the brand new issue of Newsweek last night, and here's a story by a Sikh comic.

Jainism and Sikhism:

We'll see what you all got accomplished in your time on Tuesday. We'll hear from the Jains first, and then the Sikhs. Ideally, you have a "top ten" sort of thing to present to us in terms of what you found most important and interesting.

I'll recopy the links and questions from the last blog entry to help you out.

* When and how was the faith founded?
* Who was the founder of the faith?
* What other religions, if any, were "blended" with this faith?
* What values or beliefs are central to the religion?
* What symbols or rituals are associated with the religion?
* Where are adherents to the faith most heavily concentrated today?
* About how many people adhere to the faith?


Required terms and concepts: Mahavira, ahimsa, "Three Jewels"

Suggested Web Resources: Consult texts/books provided as well.

General Facts About Jainism: Pretty much what it sounds like.

Jain Students Group at University of Michigan: This has good links to a number of useful resources.

About.com: Jainism: There are good links to a number of Jain resources here. This is a very user-friendly site.


Required terms and concepts: Guru Nanak, Punjab, "Five K's", Golden Temple

Suggested Web Resources: Consult texts/books provided as well.

About.com: Sikhism: There are good links to a number of Sikh resources here. This is a very user-friendly site.

The Sikhism Home Page
: This site contains a number of useful links and graphics on the basics of the faith.

The SikhNetwork: This Sikh-maintained site links to many useful resources.

History of the Sikhs: The title pretty much says it all on this one.

Hinduism in Today's World:

Defining terms: Mahatma Gandhi, harijan, Pakistan, Jawaharlah Nehru, Indira Gandhi, sati

India and Pakistan - Many analysts believe that this is one of the world's hot spots. Riz Khan of CNN moderates a slide show here that you might find interesting. Otherwise, take a look at the respective timelines and other links.

Mohandas Gandhi- "Mahatma"

Sati- ancient tradition of immolation of the widow upon her husband's funeral pyre. NOTE: This is not an exclusively Hindu practice. It might be more accurate to think of it through its association with rural India, rather than solely as a religious phenomenon.

Sati: Virtuous Woman Through Self-Sacrifice looks at the controversy surrounding this practice. In particular, consider the case study of Roop Kanwar. DO THIS: Try to understand both sides of the debate over the practice of sati. Be prepared to comment upon the role this ritual played, or may continue to play, in segments of Hindu society.

HOMEWORK for Hinduism - Day #6

For a variety of reasons, I'm going to push back our Hinduism guests to a future date. Instead, we'll do some review/wrapping up on Day #6, but we'll also take the Hinduism Multiple Choice Quiz on Tuesday, September 30th. It will be 30 questions. (If you'd like, you can bring in a sheet with up to 75 words of notes. That might help you with foreign words, etc.)

Your Hinduism Short Essay Exams are due by the start of class on Monday, October 6th. You can find the questions on the page to the right side of the blog.

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