Thursday, February 13, 2014
Hinduism: Monism and Dualism
Monism is generally associated with Hinduism because it is the majority view. Meaning all is one, monism is pretty antithetical to the west, whose beliefs revolve around concepts such as individuality and uniqueness. Monism argues that Brahman (the unchanging reality amidst and beyond the world) is Atman (self). Even the Gods are subsumed by Brahman; they are also subservient to the Brahman. A minority of Hindus have more of a dualistic belief. They see the spiritual world and the material world as two realities that intertwine in a unique way. The two are notably different but still involved with each other.