Religion influences culture in many ways. People of different cultures have a set of beliefs that influence their daily lives and how they act. Religion is like a way of life. Many people take their religion very seriously, so their lives and cultures are majorly affected by their religion then and now. Religion has always had a major impact on human life and culture.
The Teachings of Bhagavad-Gita The Bhagavad-Gita teaches many things, and amongst these, morality and moral law are developed for the Hindu religion. What Krishna, the primary Hindu god, declares in this somewhat epic poem to be the "basis of good in this world" (stanza 3, pg. 620 of text) is for people to take action. Action, as he goes on to state, is within the very nature of our beings to do. Krishna even states that "without action you even fail to sustain your own body" (stanza 8, pg.
He also referred to it as being the aspect of God or truth. He said in the Harijan, 12 November 1935, “Non-violence is an active force of the highest order. It is soul force or the power of Godhead within us”. Gandhi believed that all people have a capacity within themselves of non-violence or love so he declared that the best way of overcoming the evildoers in the world was to not retaliate and make them change their hearts. He also believed that passive resistance through motivation of all life could overcome hatred and cruelty.
Krishna concludes to Arjuna that your actions will be based on your faith and your faith will be responsible for your actions. Krisna tells Arjuna "action in sacrifice, charity, and penance is to be performed, not relinquished-for wise men, they are acts of sanctity" (Miller p.144). Devotion to Krishna will lead your actions to him, go into battle for me and you will be excused from your actions of evil.
In its simplest form, dharma means to uphold, or to sustain (Heehs 58), but within Hindu culture it means much more. Dharma helps to explain changes, frictions, and the diversity within Hindu society and acts as a source of coherence for the distinctive and defining differences within the society (Heehs 18). More specifically, one’s dharma is their duty in life; what is required for the greater good of society and for future personal liberation or complete freedom from the material world. As Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gītā, “A warrior serves his king and country, but he fights in a just cause for the sake of dharma itself (Mittal & Thursby 149)” – that is, even if the warrior does not want to fight for his country, it is still his duty to maintain peace and balance through dharma by fighting. The idea of complete liberation from the physical and material world that one can achieve through dharma is called moksa.
This system often devalues its members according to their family history and status, with purity being the foremost concern leading to the creation of separate castes (Singh 2008: 121-122). However, “The notion of a single hierarchy or multiple hierarchies based on purity and pollution is inadequate to address the reality of caste in India. It fails to recognize the inequality of castes founded on unequal access to land and political power, and the consequent exploitation of the lower castes by the higher castes that was intrinsic to the system. Alternatively, it is argued that the status of a caste in the caste system was determined above all by its access to land, which also carried with it political power and social honour” (Singh 2008: 119). Keeping this in mind, within the Indian caste system, there are four major traits: caste membership is hered... ... middle of paper ... ...tin Bouglé.
One who grows up in a religious household follows those rituals and beliefs and has an identity that defines them in the world. Religion helps to support one in a time of need and is consoled not only from the religion itself but also from other members of the religion and community. Durkheim and Weber offered different perspectives which defined the importance that religion has on personal, social, and economical aspects. Whether one may embark on a pilgrimage to find enlightenment or try to seek salvation, religion will remain a powerful tool in shaping an individual and will continue to be a great impact while playing a vital role in the world.
It prescribes the "eternal" duties all Hindus have to follow, regardless of class or caste such as honesty, purity, and self-restraint. Hindus see themselves as not so much practicing a religion but going about a way of life. Hindu sages claim that the individual 's self-understanding determines his or her perception of the world. Hinduism is seen as such a practice that was not founded by a single being. It came about in the Common Era of world history, and was atop the aforementioned faiths along with buddhism.
This has caused a distance to be cast between different classes and races. Segregation has contributed to the advancement of humanity, but its cost, in pain and suffering, is too great and the ideology of the segregators is flawed in many ways. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, has two adaptations in the form of a book and a movie. Katniss, whom is the main character of The Hunger Games, despises the Capital. The Capital is government system that is similar to communism, the Capital forces their rules on everyone and separates them into districts.
Clifford Geertz has focused more on the symbolic power of religion. He has talked about the fact that it is the symbolic power of religion that has a strong influence on the people. It is the religion, in accordance to Clifford that helps the people in understanding the place that the people have in the world. The actions that are undertaken by the people are also defined by the religion. Based on the arguments that have been given by Clifford, it can be added here that there is a great effect of religion and the religious values on the kind of politics being observed in the nations (Pals 309).