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Upanishads. The Upanishads (/uːˈpænɪˌʃædz, uːˈpɑːnɪˌʃɑːdz/;[1] singular: Sanskrit: उपनिषत्, IAST: Upaniṣat, IPA: [upəniʂət̪]; plural: Sanskrit: उपनिषदः) are a collection of texts in the Vedic Sanskrit language which contain the earliest emergence of some of the central religious concepts of Hinduism, some of which are shared with Buddhism and Jainism.

Upanishads

[note 1][note 2] The Upanishads are considered by Hindus to contain revealed truths (Sruti) concerning the nature of ultimate reality (brahman) and describing the character and form of human salvation (moksha). The Upanishads are sometimes referred to as Vedanta ("Last part of Veda") when interpreted in the context of Uttara Mimamsa. But according to the Brahmasutra, the Upanishads address a different subject matter (inquisition into Brahman), and the subject matter of the Vedas is inquisition into ritual action.

Most interpretations of the Brahmasutra are clear that one does not have to master the Vedas first to study the Upanishads. Etymology[edit] A trip into the depths of spirit. Returning with healing. Rocky Road: Descartes. Descartes From Measuring Eternity by Martin Gorst That the earth is governed by natural laws hardly sounds original today, but when René Descartes first articulated the philosophy in the early 17th century, it was revolutionary — and dangerous.

Rocky Road: Descartes

His mechanistic philosophy suggested that the universe might function fine without incessant divine intervention. Marcus Aurelius and source checking. "Live a good life.

Marcus Aurelius and source checking

Ayn Rand's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. “You’re a wizard, Harry,” Hagrid said.

Ayn Rand's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

“And you’re coming to Hogwarts.” “What’s Hogwarts?” Harry asked. About Project Reason. Project Reason is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society.

About Project Reason

We seek to encourage critical thinking and wise public policy through a variety of interrelated projects. The foundation can convene conferences, produce films, sponsor scientific studies and opinion polls, hold contests, publish original research, award grants to other charitable organizations, and offer material support to religious dissidents and public intellectuals — all with the purpose of eroding the influence of dogmatism, superstition, and bigotry in our world.

While Project Reason is devoted to fostering critical thinking generally, we believe that religious ideas require a special focus. A new exposé of Mother Teresa shows that she—and the Vatican—were even worse than we thought. First Christopher Hitchens took her down, then we learned that her faith wasn’t as strong as we thought, and now a new study from the Université de Montréal is poised to completely destroy what shreds are left of Mother Teresa’s reputation.

A new exposé of Mother Teresa shows that she—and the Vatican—were even worse than we thought

She was the winner of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, was beatified and is well on her way to becoming a saint, and she’s universally admired. As Wikipedia notes: [She was] named 18 times in the yearly Gallup’s most admired man and woman poll as one of the ten women around the world that Americans admired most. International Humanist and Ethical Union. The Deen Institute - Home. The Deen Institute - Home. The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. Vatican corrects infallible pope: atheists will still burn in hell. The Vatican has announced that, despite what Pope Francis has said, atheists are still going to hell.

Vatican corrects infallible pope: atheists will still burn in hell

Myth, Legend, Folklore, Ghosts. Apollo and the Greek Muses Updated July 2010 COMPREHENSIVE SITES ON MYTHOLOGY ***** The Encyclopedia Mythica - SEARCH - Areas - Image Gallery - Genealogy tables - Mythic Heroes Probert Encyclopaedia - Mythology Gods, Heroes, and MythDictionary of Mythology What is Myth?

Myth, Legend, Folklore, Ghosts

MESOPOTAMIAN MYTHOLOGYThe Assyro-Babylonian Mythology FAQ Sumerian Mythology FAQ Sumerian Mythology Sumerian Gods and Goddesses Sumerian Myths SUMERIAN RELIGION Mythology's Mythinglinks: the Tigris-Euphrates Region of the Ancient Near East Gods, Goddesses, Demons and Monsters of Mesopotamia The Assyro-Babylonian Mythology FAQ More info on Ancient Mesopotamia can be found on my Ancient River Valley Civilizations page.

GREEK MYTHOLOGYOrigins of Greek MythologyGreek Mythology - MythWeb Greek-Gods.info (plus a fun QUIZ)Ancient Greek Religion Family Tree of Greek Mythology Greek Names vs. The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast. We’ve done a lot of episodes now, and even we lose track of where we’ve been.

The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast

We aim (among other things) to present the equivalent of an introductory course in all the major areas of philosophy. Here’s where I’ll periodically comment on our progress. Episode 11: Nietzsche’s Immoralism: What Is Ethics, Anyway? Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:51:38 — 102.2MB) Discussing The Genealogy of Morals (mostly the first two essays) and Beyond Good and Evil Ch. 1 (The Prejudices of Philosophers), 5 (Natural History of Morals), and 9 (What is Noble?).

Episode 11: Nietzsche’s Immoralism: What Is Ethics, Anyway?

Consciousness Evolution. Ontology. Parmenides was among the first to propose an ontological characterization of the fundamental nature of reality. Overview[edit] Some fundamental questions[edit] Principal questions of ontology include: "What can be said to exist? ""Into what categories, if any, can we sort existing things? "" Samadhanga Sutta: The Factors of Concentration. I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying at Savatthi, in Jeta's Grove, Anathapindika's monastery.

There he addressed the monks, "Monks, I will teach you the five-factored noble right concentration. Listen, and pay close attention. Moral particularism. Moral particularism is the view that there are no moral principles and that moral judgement can be found only as one decides particular cases, either real or imagined. Nathaniel Branden.

Joseph Prince Ministries. Declaration against interest. Marriage. Marriage (also called matrimony or wedlock) is a socially or ritually recognized union or legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them, between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws.[1] The definition of marriage varies according to different cultures, but it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal.

Individuals may marry for several reasons, including: legal, social, libidinal, emotional, financial, spiritual, and religious. Ideas with Paul Kennedy. Michel Foucault. Hippocratic Oath. Mithraism and Christianity. Philosophy. At the core of Aryanism is a precise foundational ideology from which its religious, political and cultural aspects all follow. Page 2: Martin Luther King's Speech: 'I Have a Dream' - The Full Text. <br/><a href=" US News</a> | <a href=" Business News</a> Copy. Western Philosophy. Learning to move like a cat « Aspiring Taoist. “Loki Tiger” by Ren Adams During my daily practice of Tai Chi Chuan, our family cat always comes into the room with me, rubs her head and back on my legs several times, lies down in the middle of the floor space, and purrs continuously as I practice.

It can be a bit of a problem to avoid stepping on her as I practice…I often have to step around her or pick her up and move her, because she won’t move, even if I nudge her. Twelve Virtues of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky. 18 Rules of Living by the Dalai Lama.

Syntactic Structures. Syntactic Structures is a book in linguistics by American linguist Noam Chomsky, first published in 1957. A seminal[1][2][3][4][5] work in 20th-century linguistics, it laid the foundation of Chomsky's idea of transformational grammar. It contains the famous sentence, "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously", which Chomsky offered as an example of a sentence that is completely grammatical, yet completely nonsensical.[6] Background[edit] Chomsky had an interest in language from a very young age. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The Bill of Rights (including the Preamble to the Bill of Rights) Introduction to Mind and Consciousness. The Woman With 7 Personalities Part 2. Social philosophy. Thebigview.com - Pondering the Big Questions.