Hindu Terms Map
Word | What is your personal understanding of each of these terms? | After reading the text, how would you redefine each of them? | What differences did you find between the popular usage and actual definitions? | Karma | My personal understanding of Karma is that for every positive or negative we put out in the universe, a positive or negative is given back to us. (e.g I volunteer my time to a local community center, and as a reward, I am given a job.) | According to the text, Fisher (2005) defines karma as meaning “action, and is the consequences of action.” (p 75) Fisher (2005) goes on to say that every decision – thought, want or desire – we make shapes our future. | While my thought focus on how karma is returned to us, our text focuses on how karma influences our future, through actions, thought and desires. | Reincarnation | Reincarnation as I understand it takes place after to body dies. Your spirit, or the energy that make you each and every person up, is transferred into another sentient being, so that you can continue your journey. | According to the Fisher (2005), reincarnation takes place when the soul departs your body and is reborn into another – be it animal, human, etc. This process continues until soul advances to its “ultimate goal of liberation from rebirth and merging with the Absolute Reality” (P 75). | The only key different in my perception of reincarnation and the actual definition lies in the amount of time, or the number a times reincarnation takes place. Hinduism describes reincarnation has having a finite limit once a goal is reached; while I view it as have not limit, or being infinite. | Yoga | Yoga in modern terms is an exercise routine designed to help strengthen your core and increase flexibility. | I would redefine yoga the practice of increase our state of balance and peacefulness in our mind. | Yoga does have lasting physical traits, but after reading the section on Hinduism, in Living
References: Fisher, M. P. (2005). Hinduism. In Living Religions (pp. 69-115). New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.