RELI 448N Week 2 Discussion: Hinduism

RELI 448N Week 2 Discussion: Hinduism

RELI 448N Week 2 Discussion: Hinduism

Welcome to Week 2! You may begin posting on Sunday, 11/01/20 for credit. You will have two options to choose from for this discussion. You can either focus onone of the five key concepts from the Upanishads, the Hindu sacred treatises, or you can choose to examine one of the 4 Yogas.

Remember to use an outside Scholarly resource in the main post. For clarification, a Scholarly or peer-reviewed journal articles are written by scholars or professionals who are experts in their fields. Therefore, make sure any source you find meets this criteria. 

Please make your TWO posts each week on any of the eight days allotted from preview Sunday to closing Sunday that work with your schedule. Both posts may be on the same day.

Don’t forget to look over the discussion rubric as a reference when you are writing your discussion posts. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Also, to help you in your research, here are some links to some resources that past students have found to be very useful.

The Unified Universe – The Theory of Brahman to an external site.

A Comparison of Process Theodicy and the Hindu Doctrines of Karma and Rebirth – to an external site.

The Aftermath of Life: Dying and Death to an external site.

Hindu Worldview in the Development of Selfways: The “Atman” as the Real Self to an external site.

Two Ways Hindudism Looks at Karma Yoga to an external site.

Yoga In Daily Life to an external site.

Effect of Raja Yoya Meditation on Pulmonary Functions of Young Obese Medical Students to an external site.

Two Scriptural Sources to an external site. 

Yoga: Fight Stress and Find Serenity to an external site.

Yoga Defined to an external site. 

Upanishads (Definition)

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I chose option # 2 which speaks about the different types of yoga’s in Hinduism. Raja Yoga “promotes meditation” (Molloy, 2020 p. 90). Meditation is a form of finding peace within yourself especially when life seems out of control. The Bhagavad Gita describes yoga as a basic meditation, a person can sit quietly to calm the mind (Molloy, 2020 p. 90). This type of tactic is a path to the Divine and can lead a person to realization by connecting with yourself, calming your nerves, calming your anxiety levels, concentrating on what is important, and emptying out the negative. As a result, stress levels are reduced and a new way of thinking can be concurred.

I chose this type of path because for myself when life is overwhelming for me, I am able to find peace by going to a quiet area of my home or any personal space to meditate. The meditation provides me with comfort. I am able to use my Christian religion to pray while I’m in my peace by closing my eyes and concentrating on what is important. As a Christian, in order to hear God, speak to you, a person must go to a quiet place and connect while emptying out all the negative that is attached. “Meditation practice does indeed increase the feeling of well-being, reduces negative affects (anxiety, depression), and enhances some attentional skills” (Droit-Volet, 2019).

I am able to use a meditation tactic as a professional when too much is going on at one time. For instance, whether in my past experiences of working physically in the facility or currently working as an RN case manager in the field, it can be overwhelming; from the phone ringing multiple times repeatedly, to patients or patient’s family calling your name, or just the demands of your job. Sometimes, I have to take a step back, find a peaceful area to take a deep breath, say a quick prayer to calm my nerves and gain control of my situation. Meditation is helpful to me in so many ways with positive end results. Alternatively, I am able to teach or show my patients how to meditate when anxiety levels are increased due to upcoming tests, surgeries, unknown results, and any type of bloodwork that needs to be completed. Some patients are claustrophobic while getting an MRI, so patient teaching on meditation will assist in calming and preparing the patient for whatever it is that is causing their anxiety levels to be increasingly high.


Molloy, M. (2020). Experiencing the world’s religions: Tradition, challenge, and change (8th ed.). McGraw-Hill

(English) ; Abstract available. By: Droit-Volet S; Chaulet M; Dutheil F; Dambrun M, PloS one [PLoS One], ISSN: 1932-6203, 2019 Oct 18; Vol. 14 (10), pp. e0223567; Publisher: Public Library of Science; PMID: 31626645, Database: MEDLINE Complete PubMedLinks to an external site.

First I will say that I love your name, it makes me think of our lady of Fatima. Second, I was glad to see that you chose yoga to discuss. When I worked in the Oncology unit, I used a form of meditation for my patients and I did not know that it was called Raja Yoga. It really did help the patients by calming their nerves and anxiety levels, by helping them concentrate on what is important, and emptying out the negative. By the negative, I mean, the patients new that an early death for them was inevitable but by concentrating on what is important and at that moment was the here and now and what they can do with the time that they had left. In reading about Raja Yoga, I found out that I was doing it without knowing that I was doing it. I found your discussion very enlightening. Thank you.

One very common element that is found in most religions of the world is an element of seeking to become more spiritual. For the Hindus, this is found mainly in the Raja Yoga. There is something about the attempt to get away from the world and all of its noise and trying to connect to something spiritual. I think this very strong proof that a spiritual realm exists. Something that is beyond or outside of our everyday human experience calls to us, and connecting with it tends to be a very positive aspect of most religions.

 I can not LOVE your points enough! I think every field in nursing comes with its own things that are extremely overwhelming. There have been more times than I can count where monitors are going off, call lights dinging, patients calling for help, ambulances rolling in, triage stats being called and I just feel like my head is going to explode. There are some times I just need to step outside and take a deep breath and decompress. I have never considered meditation but honestly I’m open to anything that is helpful. “Sometimes this practice is coupled with being aware of the breathing or coordinating with it. In other exercises, the mantra is actually whispered very lightly and softly, as an aid to concentration” (Dienstmann, G. (2019, May 16). I think calming down plays a huge role in how you’re breathing at the time too, So definitely something to consider.

Dienstmann, G. (2019, May 16). The Ancient Powerful Practices of Hindu Meditation. Retrieved November 06, 2020, from

Fatimah, I love all the points you made about meditation. I, too, use meditation to help me re-ground myself. In such a loud and crazy world, I feel meditation i snot only helpful but necessary. You described a nurse’s work load so accurately- there is always SOMETHING we must tend to and we are often short staffed or can become overwhelmed/stressed. Meditation, along with deep breathing exercises and visualization are great ways to destress/decompress. I also enjoyed the point you made in how we can use meditation for our patients. I have come across many patients/families who are hesitant about or refuse using certain “hospice meds” such as Morphine and so we must try non-pharmaceutical interventions such as meditation, visualization, distraction, deep breathing and I have seen it work well if given the attempt.