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Scripture and Belief

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This title will begin by looking at the Vedas, which is the Hindu holy book. The Vedas are split into four separate sections, which in turn are separated into four parts. Each section will be explored and the importance of each will be explained. The next scriptures which will be looked at are the Ramayana and the Bhagavad Gita. The Ramayana is the popular story about Rama and Sita which is told at Divali. The Bhagavad Gita is the sixth book of the Mahabharata, which is the world's longest poem. We will then investigate the Hindu beliefs regarding creation and explore stories from the Vedas and the Upanishads. The final chapter will examine the Hindu beliefs on evil and suffering. It will consider attitudes on Karma and Moksha, and how these are interlinked with other beliefs and ideas.

Author: Sam Read Publisher: GCSEPod®
Narrator: Carol McGuigan ISBN: 978-1-84906-130-8
Video ISBN: 978-1-84906-630-3

Chapters

  1. The Vedas
  2. Ramayana and Bhagavad Gita
  3. Creation
  4. Evil and Suffering

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Chapters

  • Arjuna's dilemma in the Bhagavad Gita and Krishna's answer
  • Belief in God intervening in the world through avatars
  • Beliefs about God: the form, nature and significance of Parvati
  • Beliefs about good and evil as different parts of the nature of God, and as illusory
  • Coping with suffering through bhakti
  • Coping with suffering through detachment
  • Coping with suffering through karma
  • Creation by sacrifice (Purusha)
  • Detailed knowledge of ONE Hindu agency and the reasons for its work will be required
  • Detailed knowledge of the work of ONE Hindu person, community or organisation will be required
  • Dharma
  • Hindu beliefs about the nature of God
  • Hindu ideas about the origins of the world and of humanity
  • Hindu ideas about the place of humanity in the world in relation to animals
  • Hindu responses to environmental issues
  • Hindu responses to the problem of evil
  • Hindu scriptures: smriti and shruti - the Bhagavad Gita - the context of the story, its teaching about karma, devotion to Krishna and its importance in bhakti
  • Hindu scriptures: smriti and shruti - the Vedas and Upanishads (the kinds of literature and outlook they represent)
  • Hindu teaching on sanctity of life
  • How Hindus respond to the problem of evil and suffering (dharma)
  • How Hindus respond to the problem of evil and suffering (karma)
  • How Hindus respond to the problem of evil and suffering (samsara)
  • How non-religious explanations of the world and of miracles may lead to or support agnosticism or atheism
  • How the appearance of the world (design and causation) may lead to or support belief in God
  • How the search for meaning and purpose in life may lead to or support belief in God
  • How unanswered prayers and the existence of evil and suffering (including moral evil and natural evil) may lead people to question or reject belief in God
  • Karma: teachings related to suffering
  • Mahabharata (including the Bhagavad Gita)
  • Mahabharata, especially Bhagavad Gita
  • Moral behaviour in the context of conflict and its resolution: doctrine of dharma as justification for use of violence
  • Ramayana
  • Reasons Hindus give in support of their belief in God
  • Reverence for all life; all life is precious. God is the source of all things
  • Role and qualities of the kshatriya
  • Sanatan dharma
  • Sanctity of the creation
  • Scientific ideas about the origins of the world and of humanity: very basic understandings of Darwinian evolutionary theory
  • Scientific ideas about the origins of the world and of humanity: very basic understandings of the Big Bang theory
  • Scripture: shruti - smriti - the nature of the Ramayana
  • Scripture: shruti - the nature of the Vedas
  • Scripture: smriti - the nature of the Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana
  • Suffering
  • Symbols of belonging: Aum
  • Symbols of belonging: swastika
  • Symbols of belonging: tilak marks
  • The authority for Hindus of the Bhagavad Gita
  • The authority for Hindus of the Upanishads
  • The authority for Hindus of the Vedas
  • The Bhagavad Gita
  • the contribution of dharma to the welfare of the community
  • the distinction between sruti and smriti
  • The doctrines of dharma
  • the four varnas (brahmins, kshatriyas, vaishyas, shudras)
  • The laws of dharma as the basis of moral behaviour
  • The Laws of Manu as smriti
  • the main beliefs and practices of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
  • The nature of religious experience for Hindus, as seen in the numinous, the mystical, miracles, prayer, and how these may lead to or support belief in God
  • The nature, meaning and importance of caste: the four varnas (brahmins, kshatriyas, vaishyas, shudras)
  • the place of dharma
  • the Ramayana
  • The relief of poverty and suffering in the United Kingdom by Hindus
  • The significance of religion as sanatan dharma
  • The significance of religion as sanatan dharma: the three gunas (raja, sattva, tamas)
  • The status of sacred texts and writings on the duties of the state
  • the three gunas (raja, sattva, tamas)
  • The three principles of danda: retribution, restraint and reformation
  • The use of sacred texts
  • The Vedas - Rig Veda and Upanishads as shruti
  • the Vedas and Upanishads

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