Ramayana Ramayana and some of the Hindu virtues derived from it The poetic author, Valmiki, does not calls Rama "the perfect man" in his well known tale of Ramayana for no reason. For this story has been a legendary epic that many generations of the Hindu culture have been modeling their society after, for over two thousand years. It has been an influential teaching for children and scholars of all ages because of its simplicity and exemplary concepts and virtues of the Hindu people. From childhood most Indians learn the characters and incidents of this epic and they furnish the morals, ideals and wisdom of common life. This epic helps to bind together the many peoples of India, transcending caste, distance and language by showing all the perfect way to practice dharma throughout one's life.
Pre-Hindu religion before the writing of the Ramayana involved several similarities to the Hindu religion. The most influential similarity that Valmiki kept in his text was the focus on the individual. David R. Kinsley in his book Hinduism says this about the Vedic (pre-Hindu) beliefs "The realization of…truth wins the adept liberation…from the shifting world of constant flux and the endless cycle of rebirth, which is…determined by all one's action. "(13) The Ramayana kept this central idea, but also focused on political aspects of the society at th... ... middle of paper ... ...s also caused political turmoil and social upheavals, but it continues to shape the culture of India and all Hindus everywhere. It is the cornerstone of the Hindu religion and shapes all aspects of the country, politically and socially.
We do not only look for someone that is sure of his supernatural strength. People today look for a hero that gives them hope and that is admirable because he keeps on struggling to reach his goals. Today a hero must have suffered challenges that make him grow as a better human. Beowulf perfectly fulfills the characteristics of an epic hero because he fight... ... middle of paper ... ...s always talking about his qualities. In conclusion, although Beowulf possessed many heroic qualities he would not be considered a hero in today’s world.
From a young age it was known that Rama was a special human being. This was apparent to Viswamithra who saw something special in Rama and eventually became his spiritual guide. In Ramayana, Rama’s quest to fulfill his Dharma is an ongoing process that is continually changing. Even though being ‘perfect’ is subjective based each persons views, in my eyes Rama captures all the traits that exemplify a perfect man. Many of Rama’s qualities and philosophies come from his initial quest with Viswamithra and the stories he was told.
A Prominent Individual Benjamin Franklin was a very prominent figure in shaping our nation. Many people look at him as a role model or just as an amazing individual. He had his faults just like every human being had, and he shouldn’t be discredited because of a few minor glitches to his character. As being the only person that had signed The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Treaty of Paris, this immediately separates him from all others. One of the things that he wrote about in Benjamin Franklin: The Autobiography and Other Writings, was trying to be the ideal person, and even made a list of virtues to live by.
After reading his article it is easy to come up with the conclusion that Strauss is a believer of the scriptures in detail about Why God Became Man. In addition, he wrote this article on grounds that he belief is accurate and correct. He didn’t leave any room for other opposing views on Why God Became Man. During Strauss’ execution on this topic, he brought our many major points to give clarity
Apart from great wisdom, God also gave Solomon discerning heart, wealth, and honour, but still, at the end, this didn't prevent him from making the mistake of following other gods. God played the major role in the king's life. Since the day Solomon was born, the LORD guided him through his righteous life; he made him a successful, wise and discerning
Solomon could be a role model for the people of Israel during his early years in power because the wisdom that was bestowed upon him making him a just and thoughtful person that was known throughout the lands. That was the main reason for Solomon to be my choice on a biblical figure. Works Cited: 1. The Age of Solomon; Handy, K. Lowell 1997, Brill New York 2. The New Oxford Annotated Bible; Metzger, Bruce; Murphy, Roland 1991 Oxford University Press Inc. 3.
Siddhartha’s journey gives him several teachers and mentors; some were conventional and some more symbolic. All of them though were important and help Siddhartha to his enlightenment. The first teachers that Siddhartha has are the Brahmins and the Samanas. They are important though they do not lead him to his goal, but guide him to a path of enlightenment. “He had begun to suspect that his worthy father and his other teachers, the wise Brahmins, had already passed on to him the bulk and best of their knowledge.” (3) The Brahmins were important to Siddhartha, because they give Siddhartha a religious foundation.
The popular definition is a being one with god. The reason the ideas of Hinduism were able to survive for so long is because of the flexibility of the religion. Many people have different ideas on moksha, samsara, and karma; that is the reason behind the survival of Hinduism. Instead of forcing a strict code of principle, Hinduism gives a lax idea and human creativity forms it into whatever one wants. I try to live my life according to the ideas of moksha and dharma.