Terms and Questions

The Conditions of Human Existence


1.     Brahmanas

2.     Aranyakas

3.     Jnana

4.     Upanisads

5.     Vedanta

6.     Karma

7.     Samsara

8.     Kala

9.     Yuga

10.  Mahayuga

11.  Kalpa



1.     Describe the basic structure of the Vedic corpus

2.     How does late Veda differ from the Samhitas in content and purpose?  Is there any continuity?

3.     Describe the fundamental elements of the worldview of the Upanisads, how does this differ from the worldview of the RigVeda?

4.     Compare the content and ultimate aims of religious practice as presented in early and late Veda