HSU 3rd Assignment

To prepare for our class on April 17th:

For everyone:

  • Read The Splendor of Recognition, pp. 203-top of 211, pp. 219-229
  • Read this article on the 5 acts of Shiva.
  • Watch this TED talk!!!
  • Experiential assignment: Do the exercise that Swamiji describes on page 205.  Experience the 5 acts in this moment!

Response paper:

Choose one of the five acts of Shiva. Write a 1-2 page paper that includes the following:

  • A description of that act as it occurs both on the divine and the human level.
  • Use Swamiji’s commentary to inform your thinking, but your description should be in your words.
  • End your paper with one short paragraph that describes how you might apply your understanding of the five acts of Shiva in your daily life.

Paper for the Sanskrit track:

Write a 1-2 page paper that includes the following:

  • All 5  Sanskrit terms for the 5 acts of Shiva written in Devanagari
  • Choose one term and make a list of the various ways in which this term is used in the Sanskrit language. Does this term have a special meaning in the context of this philosophy? If so, explain.
  • End your paper with one short paragraph that describes how you might apply your understanding of the five acts of Shiva in your daily life.

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