Monday, April 15, 2013

Reading Blog Siddharta: Part 1 - The Brahmin's Son, With the Samanas, & Gotama

Visual Vocabulary:
ablutions: The act of washing oneself. (usually for ceremonial reasons)

Om: A mystic syllable, considered the most sacred mantra.

banyan: An Indian fig tree whose branches produce aerial roots that later become accessory trunks. A mature tree may cover several acres in this manner
A banyan fig tree.

Atman: 1. The spiritual life principle of the universe, esp. when regarded as inherent in the real self of the individual.    2. A person's soul.

A person's soul and their self.
Self: one's oneness and ego. One's desires and possessions.

Ego is the essence of the self.
Nirvana: 1. A transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self, and the subject is released from the effects of karma and samsara. It represents the final goal of Buddhism.       2. Liberation of the soul from the effects of karma and from bodily existence

The Eightfold Path, or the process to achieve Nirvana.

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