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  • Are Science And Religion One - 2,036 words
    Are Science And Religion One? Are Science and Religion One? Introduction I have identified the axiom of mysticism (TAM) as the scientific, religious and philosophical fact that there is only one thing that exists. Because the meaning of mysticism is commonly misunderstood this definition needs some clarification. The dictionary defines mysticism as a personal relationship with God. Given this definition it is easy to see why I have named the theory that, everything existent and non-existent is God, as the axiom of mysticism. If the theory is correct then a personal relationship with God is mandatory because God is all that can be experienced. After being confronted with TAM for the first tim ...
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  • Are Science And Religion One - 2,121 words
    ... rature if there is only one thing that exists? By definition temperature is the speed and frequency of collisions between particles. Thus we find ourselves once more in a paradoxical situation. On the one hand the equations predict a specific temperature greater than zero but, on the other hand, the unified state must be at temperature zero because there are no particle interactions. This tendency to paradox displayed by the equations of cosmology and built into the foundations of mathematics, if looked at squarely and taken at face value, is telling us something profound about the structure of the world. Paradox is built into the fabric of the universe in a profound and interesting way. ...
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  • Book Siddhartha And Movie The Razors Edge - 1,315 words
    Book Siddhartha And Movie The RazorS Edge The book Siddhartha and the movie The Razor's Edge are two similar yet different stories. Each these two works explore man's search for truth, self, and life's true meaning. The main characters of these stories are very different people, yet they are in search of similar goals. The main character of Siddhartha is Siddhartha. The main character of The Razor's Edge is Larry Darryl. Larry and Siddhartha go through several stages of their lives, which range from rich to poor and back again. Siddhartha was a Brahmin's son, of the upper class in India. He is loved throughout his community. He is revered by all that knows him. He spends his day in meditatio ...
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  • Eastern Religions Comparison - 1,356 words
    Eastern Religions Comparison Over the past several thousand years, many faiths have arisen and developed all over the globe. All of these faiths are unique and seem to be quite different from each other, at least on the surface. However, when one starts to investigate more closely he realizes that there are oftentimes some startling similarities. A good example of this would be the religious traditions of the Middle East and Asia. Buddhism, Hinduism, and Confucianism, for example, have very similar philosophies and practices while they all have different origins. Upon examination of these faiths one will be able to more clearly see the relationship between the traditions of the Middle East. ...
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  • Hinduism - 1,750 words
    Hinduism Hinduism Presented by Eve April 6, 2000 Dr. Colwell, Professor Religion 110 Hinduism Hinduism is the name given to one of the most ancient relioon practices in India. Vedanta is the true name of this religion. When british began to populate India this ancient religion evolved into what is known today as Hinduism. Hinduism constitutes an extremely intricate religion upon which a single definition cannot be composed. The premier feature of this religion is the huge difference of beliefs and rituals among its practitioners. Hinduism was created through the mixing of two distinct cultures involving the Aryans and the Indus Valley civilization. At about 1500 BC, the Aryan invaded India a ...
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  • Hinduism - 1,665 words
    Hinduism hinduism The term Hinduism refers to the civilization of the Hindus (originally, the inhabitants of the land of the Indus River). Introduced in about 1830 by British writers, it properly denotes the Indian civilization of approximately the last 2,000 years, which evolved from Vedism the religion of the Indo-European peoples who settled in India in the last centuries of the 2nd millennium BC. The spectrum that ranges from the level of popular Hindu belief to that of elaborate ritual technique and philosophical speculation is very broad and is attended by many stages of transition and varieties of coexistence. Magic rites, animal worship, and belief in demons are often combined with t ...
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  • Hinduism - 1,049 words
    ... of nothing?". Later, Uddalaka asks Svetaketu to dissolve salt in water and then asks him to taste it. Even though the boy cannot see the salt in the water, he can taste every part of it. Then Uddalaka compared two experiences to Brahman, saying that like salt, Brahman is present but unseen. "This whole world has that as its soul; that is reality; that is Atman; that art thou, Svetaketu"(Chandogya Upanishad)(Zimmer 1951 p.360). 6 The Brahman is the Self and Self is the Brahman, that relationship was described by many metaphors in the Upanishads'. Here is one of them from Heinrich Zimmers 'Philosophies of India": "' Space is enclosed by earthen jars. Just as space is not carried along wit ...
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  • Hinduism - 874 words
    Hinduism By Justin Paget The idea of "religare" or binding oneself back to ones religion is key to many religions. In Christianity, we bind our selves back to the truth unveiled through scripture, myths, tradition, and the churchs teachings. Hinduism, however has a much different interpretation of the idea of binding oneself back. There really is not a whom or what that I can put my finger on. We all came from one God and we must get back to God. But how can one go about doing that? A Hindu would say to free ourselves from the desires and illusions present here on Earth. To free ourselves from the material possessions and pleasures would be to obtain Moksha. Moksha, for Hindus, would be the ...
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  • Hinduism And Buddhism - 1,924 words
    ... , many centuries. Hinduism and Buddhism have different similarities and are in some ways connected to each other. Some of the practices of the two religions are similar in various ways and there are several examples to show this. Hinduism first started in India around 1500 BC. The word Hindu comes from the Sanskrit word sindhu, or river. The Hindu community define themselves as those who believe in the Vedas, or also those who follow the way, or dharma, of the four classes and the stages of life. The four classes being the varnas and the stages of life being the ashramas. Like Hinduism, Buddhism also started in India. It is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who is called the ...
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  • Hinduism And Buddhism - 1,019 words
    Hinduism And Buddhism Hinduism and Buddhism Throughout the world, different nations have different believes or religion. Some religions evolve from others, and others are combination of other religions. Religion is a way of life, a life style; it should dictate how you live your life. For instance, in India, Buddhism evolved from Hinduism, a religion were people believe in 300, 000 gods. Even though, Hinduism and Buddhism have different similarities such as believes in god, soul, and rituals, which in some ways connected to each other, both religions believe of what happens after life. Although Buddhism evolved from Hinduism it differs from Hinduism in god beliefs. According to Buddhists the ...
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  • Hinduism And Buddhism - 1,258 words
    Hinduism And Buddhism Hinduism and Buddhism are two very old and sacred religions. Although they are very similar in many ways, the differences are distinct enough to separate them completely. One significant difference is the idea of a god or supreme being. While Hinduism believes and puts faith in a god, Buddhism does not. Hinduism teaches of an ultimate reality called Brahman. It is without qualities and limiting attributes, transcending this universe. (pg. 101, A) The Brahman is the center of all reality and the force that controls life. It is beyond understanding to any man but is very personal to the Hindus and highly reverenced. In fact, it is every Hindus goal to know the Brahman bet ...
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  • Karma And Samsara - 1,324 words
    Karma And Samsara The belief in Karma and Samsara form the basis for the Hindus religious worldview. It has been central to Hinduism for thousands of years, and as a result forms a major part in the philosophical thinking of many Hindus today. The ideas of Karma and Samsara are evident in almost all of the great Hindu scriptures, being touched on in the Vedas, but first properly introduced in the Upanishads. When the idea of Samsara was first introduced it led to a quest for liberation through the practice of austerity or meditation or both. To be released form this life the Hindus needed to wipe out the effects of their past actions or Karma. It is this set of beliefs that formed the backgr ...
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  • Mysticism - 4,845 words
    ... e is the passage: And however much our Lady lamented and whatever other things she said, she was always in her inmost heart in immovable detachment. Let us take an analogy of this. A door opens and shuts on a hinge. Now if I compare the outer boards of the door with the outward man, I can compare the hinge with the inward man. When the door opens or closes the outer boards move to and fro, but the hinge remains immovable in one place and it is not changed at all as a result. So it is also here . . . (Clark and Skinner, 1958, p. 167; emphasis mine). A hinge pin moves on the outside and remains unmoving at its centre. To act and yet remain in her inmost heart in immovable detachment depict ...
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  • Religion, What Is Religion Religion Is A Way Of Life, A Life Style, It Should - 1,534 words
    Religion, what is religion? Religion is a way of life, a life style, it should dictate how you live your life. However why follow a religious belief, to go to heaven, avoid the condemnation to hell, to live forever? We in western society consider ourselves a not so religious society, we say I am Christian or I am Jew or I am an Atheist I don't believe. Keep in mind religion is a life style, it should dictate how you live your life. Sadly in western society, money and our compulsive cravings for material objects dictate our life. We are far from the highly evolved forms of religions of Hinduism and Buddhism over in the east. What are these religions? Buddhism is offshoot/reform of Hinduism. T ...
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  • Self Siddhartha Vs Heinrich - 904 words
    Self Siddhartha Vs. Heinrich Finding ones Self Siddhartha vs. Heinrich As human beings, we sometimes can not synchronize our minds and souls. When we are at our success of knowledge or intellect, we blind our mind with our ambition, which comes along in reaching the knowledge or intellect. As a young Brahmin, Siddhartha, has been taught that Brahmin is the soul of Atman or the 'Only One' (Chapter 1, page 5). It means that Brahmin is the highest position beside the Creator. This intellect alienates Siddhartha's 'Self'. He does not think that his superior's 'Self' will give him salvation. Siddhartha thinks his 'Self' conquers himself. He wants his 'Self to die to find wisdom and spiritual know ...
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  • Theravadan Buddhism - 1,149 words
    Theravadan Buddhism Theravadan Buddhism Throughout history there have been numerous religions and theologies that men and women have entrusted their lives and ways of living to. One of the most intriguing is that of Buddhism. The great Buddha referred to his way as the middle way, and he, as the Enlightened One began the teachings of the religion with his first five Ascetics who he shows his middle way. This great occasion is the start to what will be known as Theravadan Buddhism. Although Theravadan Buddhism would later be seen as the small vehicle, it provides the first idea of the doctrine anatman or having no-self that shapes the ideas of every Buddhist today. Theravadan Buddhism which m ...
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  • Time - 3,918 words
    ... e and wealth here, and therefore attains power. He can do anything he wants, when he wants, where he wants and the townspeople will go along with it because he has money in the bank and they dont. Siddhartha enjoys great pleasure with this, and ends up hating himself for it in the end. But he needed the experience of what it is like to be filthy rich in order to attain Nirvana at the end of the novel. Siddhartha experiences wanting everything in the world throughout his time in the village where Kamala lives. This is due to him being of mind and state to be able to attain almost anything he wants. He can ask ask and ask and ask for things, and most of them will come to him because he has ...
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  • What Is The Renouncer Tradition - 1,537 words
    What Is The Renouncer Tradition What is meant by the renouncer tradition? Before I begin to explain what exactly the renouncer tradition is, I think that it is important to give a brief outline of the religious history pre-dating this tradition, and also to acknowledge the social life at the time and its mentality. By the time that the renouncer tradition was beginning to establish some recognition, sixth century B.C.E, a group of texts called the Veda had been in existence and had been enjoying their religious influence upon the Indian culture for about a thousand years. It is presumed that a group of people called the Aryas had boasted a great influence in certain parts of India, and it is ...
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  • What Is The Renouncer Tradition - 1,521 words
    ... d destiny, for them nothing is a ritual. With hindsight we can see that the renouncer tradition has aided in the development of Indian relgion, and it created values that later diffused to the Brahmanical householder tradition. I have already mentioned in passing a few of the different sects of the renouncer tradition, but I think that it is imperative to explain these further and see the differences in doctrine and practise and even the similarities in the religions that all evolved form the same ideal. The first will be the examination of the Upanisads and the Brahmanical renouncer. The contents of the Upanisads include the dispensability of ritual, esoteric knowledge and the attainmen ...
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