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THIS IS A PAGE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO EXPLORE THE HINDU FAITH in relation TO LIFE OF PI.

Thus far in this story has Pi thouroughly reffered to hinduism. He mentions religion often but rarely is it hinduism, and when it is, he fails to go into any depth. He has shown a quesion with people not believing in god as in on page 34 when Mr. Kumar says, "Religion? I don't believe in religion. Religion is Darkness." When Mr. Kumar said this Pi was shocked and couldn't believe it. Obviously he has some sort of faith for himself, which seems to be a strong one at least to this point. He seldom delves into his own personal beliefs, merely shoots down other beliefs. He does not seem to focus too much on his own beliefs in the stories he is telling perhaps because he does not believe these things at the time of his narration. I do not know what role Hinduism will play in the rest of this story, but i would assume that his perspective on religion will shift throughout the story.-Michael Cloud, Jake Seccombe, Kieran McGuire, Mark Zafferani-period 6

Hinduism
(Sanskrit: हिन्दू धर्म, IAST: Hindū Dharma), also known as सनातन धर्म, (IAST: Sanātana Dharma) and वैदिक धर्म, (IAST:Vaidika Dharma ) is a set of religious traditions that originated mainly in the Indian subcontinent. It is not a single well-defined religion, in the sense that it consists of several schools of thought and traditions. Hinduism encompasses many religious rituals that widely vary in practice, as well as many diverse sects and philosophies. The majority of contemporary Hindus follow the Vedanta philosophy and believe in a cosmic spirit called Brahman, that is worshipped in many forms such as Vishnu, Shiva or Shakti.

The "four pursuits of life": They are dharma, artha, kāma and mokṣha. It is said that all beings seek kāma (pleasure, physical or emotional) and artha (material wealth), but soon, with maturity, learn to govern these legitimate desires within the higher framework of dharma (righteousness). Of course, the only goal that is truly ultimate, whose attainment results in ultimate happiness, is mokṣha (salvation), also known as Mukti (spiritual liberation), Samādhi, Nirvāṇa, or escape from Samsāra (the cycle of births and deaths).

Hinduism is sometimes called a polytheistic religion, but strictly speaking, calling it henotheistic would be more accurate. The Hindu scriptures depict God both as a personal being (as in the Judeo-Christian religions) and also as a principle.

For a photo of a Hindu woman, click the follow link below:
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c300/SGinsburg/home2.jpg / Samantha G, 2 period, Gaffney


Hinduism:
Check out this great link
http://www.religioustolerance.org/hinduism.htm

Name of the religion:

This religion is called:
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Sanatana Dharma, "eternal religion," and
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Vaidika Dharma, "religion of the Vedas," and
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Hinduism -- the most commonly used name in North America. Various origins for the word "Hinduism" have been suggested:
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It may be derived from an ancient inscription translated as: "The country lying between the Himalayan mountain and Bindu Sarovara is known as Hindusthan by combination of the first letter 'hi' of 'Himalaya' and the last compound letter 'ndu' of the word `Bindu.'" Bindu Sarovara is called the Cape Comorin sea in modern times. 1

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It may be derived from the Persian word for Indian.

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It may be a Persian corruption of the word Sindhu (the river Indus)

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It was a name invented by the British administration in India during colonial times.

mike w./2 period, Gaffney

In Hinduism, the ultimate reality that is God or consciousness has 3 components.:
These are truth, understanding and bliss. The goal of human endeavour is to experience this Reality and discover it within ourselves.

The path of knowledge, the path of right action and the path of devotion are the different paths to reach truth and reality. The necessity of meditation and ultimate union with God should be the ultimate aim of man.

<<http://www.spiritualtimesindia.com/spirituality-religion/hindusim.html>>

This is looking way into the future, however; they talk about different paths, but that they all reach "Truth and reality" in the end. I believe Pi's path to "Truth and reality" will lead him into the boat with the Tiger. i believe that Pi's path of knowledge weill happen on the boat. I think that he will be forced to see the reality of the world and become knowledgable about religon and life.



~ Rob Meyers
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"But religion is more than rite and ritual. There is what the rite and ritual stand for. Here too I am a HIndu. The universe makes sense to me through Hindu eyes"(60 Martel).
This quotation portrays how Pi views life. Hinduism has been a large influence in how Pi interprets society and uses his imagination.
-Danielle A.