Pre-Discussion Assignment 1

Ultimate Aims



Vedantic Hinduism prescribes renouncing one’s ties to family and society in order to concentrate on the divine.  What are your reactions to this idea?  Does one need to renounce one’s ties in order to “come closer to God” as the Mahatma said? 


The idea behind this practice is that ultimately self and divine are the same.  Do you think that this makes for a particular kind of religious experience? How does it compare to other kinds of religious experience with which you are familiar (in yourself or others)?


Please write at least two paragraphs on the above question and submit a printed copy
at the beginning of class (Friday the 8th).  Include your name and course section number.