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  1. Atman
  2. Sannyasin
  3. Upandishads
  4. karma marga
  5. monism
  1. a a collection of over two hundred texts composed of between 900 and 200 BC that provide philosophical commentary to the Vedas
  2. b the doctrine that reality is ultimately made up of only one essence.
  3. c The eternal self, which the Upanishads identify with Brahman; often lowercase: the eternal Self or soul on an individual that is reincarnated from one body to the next and is ultimately identified with Atman.
  4. d "the path of works" - One of the three Hindu paths to salvation, emphasizing performing right actions according to dharma.
  5. e a wandering ascetic who has advanced to the fourth and highest stage of life.

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. material success and social prestige, one of the four goals of life.
  2. liberation or release of the individual self, atman, from the bondage of samsara, salvation; one of the four goals of life.
  3. - the most popular of the three Hindu paths to salvation, emphasizing loving devotion to one's chosen god or goddess.
  4. pleasure, especially sensual love; one of the four goals of life.
  5. cosmic illusion brought about by divine creative power.

5 True/False questions

  1. Bhagavad-GitaA short section of the epic poem Mahabharata in which the god Krishna teaches the great warrior Arjuna about bhakti marga and other ways to God; Hinduism's most popular text.


  2. kshatriyathe traditional practice of burning a widow on her husband's funeral pyre; outlawed in 1829, though it still occurs rarely.


  3. caste systemone who renounces physical pleasures and worldly attachments for the sake of spiritual advancement; common in Hinduism and many other religious traditions, most notably Jainism.


  4. karmathe moral law of cause and effect of actions; determines the nature of one's reincarnation.


  5. dharmaEthical duty based on the divine order of reality; one of the four goals of life.


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