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Epic and Classical Period

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The Ramayana is an epic account of India. It is the story or epic of Rama and Sita, and is the origin of the tradition of Suti. Mahabharata is the epic of India. It’s the longest collection of poems in the world. The Bhagavad-Gita  is the most important part of the Mahabharata. It talks about both the dharma of caste and the dharma of denial and renunciation.

Outline

XI. Epic and Classical Period

A. Re-Cap of periods

1. Formative Period (2800-800 B.C.)

2. Speculative Period (800-400 B.C.)

3. Epic and Classical Period (400 B.C. - 600 A.D.)

B. Ramayana

C. Mahabharata

D. Bhagavad-Gita

1. Tension of Dharma: social obligations vs renunciation

2. Insight of the Gita

3. Mahavakyas of the Bhagavad-Gita

4. Chapter analysis of the Gita [end of part 1]

XII. Modern Day Guruism in India and the West

A. Introduction

B. Joy's experience following a guru

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