Humanities 201
India: The Mahābhārata and Bhagavad-Gītā
India Background  Bhagavad-Gītā Background  Bhagavad-Gītā Q's  Part Two Q's 
India's Heroic Age (550 B.C. - A. D. 100)

Important Terms:

EPICS of India's Heroic Age: Four classes (varna) of Indian society (see p. 684): Men: bound by a prescribed program of sacred duty (dharma) that is appropriate to their class (varna)

Women: "form a class in themselves, for a woman's dharma is defined as that of a wife, allowing women no identities or aspirations apart from their allegiance to their husbands" (Norton [earlier ed.] 839).

Caste system: larger number of "service" castes subordinated to a small number of elite groups.

Quatama Buddha (563-483 B.C.) & Mahavira (d. 468 B.C.)

 Hinduism:

Mabhārata (ca. 400 B.C. - A. D. 400)
See link with more extensive background discussion 

Bhagavad-Gītā (1st century B.C.)
"Song of the Lord" part of 6th book of Mabhārata Things to Consider:
** Homework Questions **
Norton Introduction:
683-84:
685:
727:

Pdf Preface:
iv:

v:

Introduction:
vi:


Other Discussion Questions:
Norton Introduction:
679:

680:

681:
681-83:
683:

684:

685:

Pdf Preface:
iv:
Introduction:
vi:

Bhagavad-Gītā
Homework Questions:
I. Yoga of Despondency:
1:
3-4:
II. Sankhya Yoga:
6:
7:
8:
10:
11:

Other Discussion Questions:
Book I:
2-3:

4:

Book II:
8:
10:


Part Two:
Homework Questions:
III. The Yoga of Action:
16:

IV. The Yoga of Wisdom (Summary)
17:

V. The Yoga of Renunciation of Action (Summary)
18:

VI. The Yoga of Meditation (Summary)
19:

VII. The Yoga of Wisdom and Realization (Summary)
20:

VIII. The Yoga of the Imperishable Brahman (Summary)
21:

XI. The Yoga of the Vision of the Cosmic Form

24-26:

24:

26:


Other Discussion Questions:
13:

14:

15:

17:

18:

19:

IX. The Yoga of Kingly Science and the Kingly Secret (Summary)
22:

X. The Yoga of the Divine Glories (Summary)
23:

27:

28:


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