5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- a the second of four classes of the caste system, traditionally made up of warrior and administrators.
- b pleasure, especially sensual love; one of the four goals of life.
- c the eternal essence of reality and the source of the universe, beyond the reach of human perception and thought.
- d the traditional practice of burning a widow on her husband's funeral pyre; outlawed in 1829, though it still occurs rarely.
- e a collection of over two hundred texts composed of between 900 and 200 BC that provide philosophical commentary to the Vedas
5 Multiple choice questions
- the third of the four classes of the caste system, traditionally made up of producers, such as farmers, merchants, and artisans.
- traditional division of Hindu society into various categories; there are four main varnas; or classes:Brahmin, kshatriya, vaishya, and shudra; each class contains certain subgroups, resulting in more than three thousand categories.
- a wandering ascetic who has advanced to the fourth and highest stage of life.
- a collections of 1, 017 Sanskrit hymns composed about 1500BC earlier; Hinduism's oldest text.
- - the most popular of the three Hindu paths to salvation, emphasizing loving devotion to one's chosen god or goddess.
5 True/False questions
shudra → Ethical duty based on the divine order of reality; one of the four goals of life.
Avatar → material success and social prestige, one of the four goals of life.
maya → cosmic illusion brought about by divine creative power.
brahmin → the eternal essence of reality and the source of the universe, beyond the reach of human perception and thought.
Bhagavad-Gita → A 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.