UIUC PHIL 110 - Deities, Darshan, and Worship (6 pages)

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Deities, Darshan, and Worship


Brief overview of Puja (worship in the Hindu tradition), the Hindu pantheon, and role of bhakti.

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University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign
Phil 110 - World Religions

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Lecture 5 Outline of Last Lecture I Dharma II Four Aims of Life III Smrti vs Shruti IV Puranas V Dharmastra VI Laws of Manu VII Epics VIII The Ramayana IX Rama as an Ideal X Sita and Stridharma XI The Mahabharata XII The Bhagavad gita Outline of Current Lecture XIII Puja XIV Forms of the Divine XV Darshan PHIL 110 1st Edition 330 Million Gods Ganesh The Triad Brahma Gods Goddesses and Shakti Gods vs Goddesses Saraswati Lakshmi Lakshmi Iconography Parvati Parvati and Shiva Durga Kali Krishna and Radha Five Central Elements Current Lecture XXXI Puja a literally means worship b an act of respectful honoring c worship deities as honored guests d 16 offerings and services of puja i offering a seat to or installation of the deity ii offering water for washing the feet XVI XVII XVIII XIX XX XXI XXII XXIII XXIV XXV XXVI XXVII XXVIII XXIX XXX These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute iii offering water for washing head body iv offering water for rinsing mouth v bathing vi dressing offering garment vii putting on the sacred thread viii sprinkling with perfume ix adorning with flowers x burning incense xi waving an oil lamp xii offering food xiii paying homage by prostration etc xiv circumambulation xv dismissal or taking leave of deity e Puja is performed by i priest ii laypeople iii in the home iv in temples v at other religiously significant locations XXXII a b c d XXXIII a b c d XXXIV a b Forms of the Divine Murti or image or statue i sculptured images are antrhopomorphic ii man made iii designs are strictly goverened by traditional iconographic rules iv sacred only after being consecrated by installing divine power in them pictures aniconic images i uncarved rocks ii other naturally sacred objects natural phenomena Darshan seeing and being seen deity gives darshan devotees takes receives darshan the divine is visible in Hindu culture 330 Million Gods many but one

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