Upanishads Precursors of Indian Religion

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Upanishads Precursors of Indian Religion

Postby Minimalist » Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:07 pm

http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/stories/20080912251806500.htm

In the 8th or the 9th century B.C., the Upanishads were composed out of the philosophic traditions that came from the earliest times of Indic civilisation. The thoughts contained in the Upanishads went on to form the basis of all major faiths in the subcontinent, in times to come.

This is a philosophy that sees a great oneness in all of creation. It is the same that is in each of us, in plants and trees, in animals, even in inanimate objects. All that there is, is perceived to be a part of the One. “Samsara”, the world of separated beings and objects around us, is believed to be an illusion we see owing to the limitations of our senses and sensibilities. (Four or five centuries later, the Greek philosopher Plato voiced similar thoughts about the illusory nature of what we perceive through our senses.)
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Postby Ishtar » Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:39 pm

Min

I'm interested to see that you've posted this feature but I'm wondering that the new angle is? Am I missing something ... or is it just something that you're generally interested in and want to discuss?

By the way, they're younger than the Vedas, so strictly speaking, they're not the precursor to the Indian religion.
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Postby Minimalist » Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:39 pm

No, it was in the news section and I suspected that you might find it interesting.

As you know, I don't care much for religion of any sort, except in its political applications.

Just doing my job as moderator.
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Postby Ishtar » Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:42 pm

Minimalist wrote:No, it was in the news section and I suspected that you might find it interesting.

As you know, I don't care much for religion of any sort, except in its political applications.

Just doing my job as moderator.


Well .. as my old editor used to say: "If it ain't new, it's not news!".

But thank you for doing your job as a moderator! :lol:
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Postby Minimalist » Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:43 pm

So, since there is nothing new under the sun that means that your editor put out a blank page?
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Postby Ishtar » Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:51 pm

Minimalist wrote:So, since there is nothing new under the sun that means that your editor put out a blank page?


That's not true. New things happen every day, and then they put them in the paper. :D

Like the Olympics, which our papers are full of at the moment, sadly. :cry:
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Postby Minimalist » Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:52 pm

They made it difficult to avoid the Olympics but I managed for the most part.
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Katha Upanishad

Postby Cognito » Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:47 pm

Living in the abyss of ignorance
yet wise in their own conceit,
deluded fools go round and round,
the blind led by the blind.


Katha Upanishad


Somewhat reminds me of an AIG sales convention. I wonder if they had something similar in 1st millenium BC India? :?
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