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Upanishads Creation Story

In Clooney’s Hindu Wisdom, the Hindu Creation Myth from the Brhadaranyaka Upanishads is translated as The Great Forest Teaching. It “indicates features of Indian thinking about beginnings, creation, and creativity that are basic and influential even today” (Clooney 1). It tells us that “self is the source of everything” (Clooney 4). Without knowing yourself first, you cannot know anything else. You must look inward, not to a supreme being, in order to find the true meaning of life (Clooney 4). When studying other religions, no matter how different they are from your own, you must figure out who you are from the beginning in order to take anything away from any other religion. By knowing about other religious traditions, you can know yourself more deeply and in a new and different way (Clooney 4). The Hindu Creation Story is different from most other religions’ creation story because creation of the universe was from self instead of a supreme being. For example, in Christianity, God created us from nothing in six days, where as in the Hindu myth, man created the universe. By learning about other religions in a spiritual way, we enter into a living connection with that other tradition. What is uncomfortable or bizarre to us in the beginning eventually becomes part of the greater self that we are only beginning to understand. We are nurtured by that wisdom and it becomes a part of us (Clooney 5). From the beginning, the world was self in the form of a human being, who occupied the world alone (Clooney 2). Because man was alone, he was afraid, which made him desire a second person. Consequently, he created woman. Man unified with woman and as a result, the human race was born. Woman felt almost incestuous, being made from man, so she concealed herself in disgrace (Clooney 2). In humiliation, she changed form into a cow. Man became a bull and unified with her, thus creating cattle. She then changed form again...

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