Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught history, and has an MA in Islamic law/finance. He has since founded his own financial advice firm, Newton Analytical.
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
- describe the major tenets of Hindu belief
- compare and contrast core concepts of Hindu thought to Western ideas
40 minutes plus 30 minutes for the activity
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Without asking students who is right and who is wrong, get them to talk about the idea of religion. What are some common aspects of religion? What characteristics do religions have that are different?
- First, begin by reading the lesson What is Hinduism? Definition and History. As your class reads it, discuss the following points:
- How is Hinduism different from other religious traditions? How is it similar?
- What works compare to the Shastras in other religions?
- Watch the lesson The Hindu Belief System: Dharma, Karma, and Moksha, stopping for discussion at the following points:
- 1:32 - How are the concepts of a soul and atman similar? How are they different?
- 4:21 - Dharma is a difficult concept to comprehend. Ask students if they can think of analogies that demonstrate understanding. Ask them how being mindful of karma affects dharma.
- 5:18 - Drawing on the video's comparison of a Christian Heaven and Moksha, compare the two. How are they different? How are they similar?
- A major theme in Hinduism is that of cycles. Break your class into small groups and ask them to discuss the idea of life in cycles with respect to one of the following points.
- Reincarnation of the Atman
- Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva
- After an allotted time, ask them to present their findings to the class.
- Much of Hindu thought came into being as a result of the Aryan invasions. Have students learn more about how these movements shook up Indian life.
- The great epics of Indian literature rival the stories of Greece and Rome. Encourage students to learn more about them.
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