GLL SP21 Health and Wellness in Hindu Traditions


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Global Learning at Lunch Spring 2021 Series

Health and Wellness in Hindu Traditions

Conversation+between+Dr.+Jitender+Deogun,+Professor+of+Computer+Science+at+UNL+ and+Dr.+Courtney+Bruntz,+Associate+Dean+at+SCC+ + +
I. Building Inclusivity Through Understanding Diversity Cultures, Traditions, and Beliefs in India

India+is+extremely+diverse+in+terms+of+language,(regional(differences(in(cultures(and(traditions,(

food,(dress,(and(religious(practices+

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Many Diverse Food Cultures, Festivals,

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Traditions

Languages – more than 150
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Diversity of Religious Traditions and Practice – Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism
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Indian+Traditions+Often+BLEND+Rituals+and+Practices,+Creating+Further+ Diversity+

Image – Pre-Wedding Manjha Ceremony in Indian Islam.
Manjha = equivalent of the Hindu Haldi Tradition – the painting of turmeric paste (mixed with rose water) on the bridge and groom – purification and protection for health and wellness.

II. Diversity within Hinduism – One Supreme Deity, Multiple Manifestations
Brahman(( (
Ultimate+Reality/Supreme(Cosmic(Spirit++ Divine/God+that+is+Transcendent+(beyond+human+experience)+and+ Immanent+(operating+within+human+experience)++ Personal(and(Impersonal(
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Brahman (God) as Energy/Cosmic Spirit – like Solar Energy

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Brahman (God) as Felt/Experienced Manifestation – Personal – like feeling the Sun’s Rays; Seeing the Sun

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Vishnu (Sustainer) – many avatars like Rama +

and Krishna (Bhagavad Gita)

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Spring Festival of Holi -- celebrates Krishna

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Lakshmi (Wealth and Prosperity)
Associated with Divali – Festival of Lights

Saraswati (Music and Wisdom)

Shiva (Destroyer but also Meditator)

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Kali (Time, Creation, ( Destruction, Power) (
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Ganesha (Remover of Obstacles) (

Durga (Protection and Strength)

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Durga Puja in Bangladesh

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Important(Spiritual(Practice/Ritual(

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Puja+

! Ceremonial+worship+(daily+rites+in+the+

home+AND+elaborate+temple+rituals)++

! Includes+making+an+offering+of+flowers+or+

fruit+to+an+image+of+god+

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Puja – Offering of Flowers and Fruit to an Image of God

Saraswati Puja in South India

III. Yoga – It’s More Than Postures
Bhakti(Yoga((Bhakti+Marga+–+the+Path+of+Bhakti)+ + o Yoga+–+from+Sanskrit+“yug”+(yoke)+=+to+ + unite/attach+to+ + o Bhakti+=+Devotion+
+ ! Bhakti(Yoga((Bhakti(Marga)(=(Spiritual(Path(to(
Unite/Attach(to(the(Supremely(Real((God)((
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IV. Connections Between Health, Wellness, and Spirituality +
Relationship+between+Puja+(offerings+to+the+divine)+ and+Physical+and+Mental+Health+ +
o Puja(Mantras(–+repeated+sounds+or+phrases+ +
o Homa+during+a+Puja+–+fire+ritual++ +
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V. Ultimate Goal – Unifying with God and Finding/Unlocking the Divine Within
Moksha(=(liberation+from+rebirth+ +
o Occurs+AFTER+someone+has+united+with+the+Supreme+ Ultimate+Reality+(God)++ +
! State+of+complete+bliss,+joy,+peace+ +
Atman(=+the+divine+within+–+the+“spark”+of+God+within+the+individual(
( (
Hatha(Yoga(=(Practice+of+ Physical+Yoga+Postures++

More Information
( Indian(Traditions(in(SE(Nebraska(
( Sikhism(–+origins,+about+the+community,+latest+announcements,+and+events+
! Nebraska(Sikhs(XX+https://www.nebraskasikhs.org/sikhismXorigins/+ Mission(and(Values:+https://www.nebraskasikhs.org/aboutXus/+
+ Hinduism(–+Nebraska+community+dates+back+to+the+1970s+
! https://hindutemplenebraska.org/+ +
Jainism(–+Young+Jains+of+America+–+Midwest+Region:+https://www.yja.org/regions/midwest+

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+ Ayurveda(=(Science(of(Life(
(

• Originated+in+India+more+than+5,000+years+ago(

• Stems+from+Ancient+Vedic+Culture(

• Holistic+Healing+System(

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1)+Understand(your(particular(“constitution”++

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Your+pattern+of+energy+is+shaped+by

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external+and+internal+factors+(physical,

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mental,+emotional+characteristics+PLUS

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diet,+seasons,+relationships).(

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2)(Alter(your(lifestyle(to(bring(your(pattern(of(

energy(into(balance.+(

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Balance+is+the+natural+order+of+things;+

imbalance+is+disorder;+Health+is+order,+

disease+is+disorder.+(

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Everyone+has+three+types+of+energy+(called+doshas),+and+these+are+Vata,+Pitta,+and+Kapha.+(

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3)(When(one(of(the(doshas(is(elevated,(or(when(one(is(weak,(imbalance(occurs,(plus(emotional(and(mental(

distress(and/or(physical(disease.((

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Health+and+Wellness+(physical,+emotional,+and+mental)+is+a+RESULT+of+MAINTAINING+balance.(

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By(identifying(the(dosha(that(is(elevated(or(the(dosha(that(is(weak,(you(can(alter(your(lifestyle(to(

either(pacify(the(elevated(dosha(or(strengthen(the(weak(one.(

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Call(to(Action(–(COVID[19(Health(Crisis(in(India((For+those+wanting+to+donate)+

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Care(India+–+supplying+PPE+to+frontline+workers:+

Americares+–+supplying+ventilators,+masks,+sanitizers:+

https://www.careindia.org/covidX19/+

https://www.americares.org/crisisXalerts/covidX19XcrisisX

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inXindia/+

UNICEF+–+supplying+oxygen+concentrators:+

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https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/unicefXrespondingX

Indian(Red(Cross+–+running+blood+drives+and+delivering+

covidX19Xindia+

equipment:+https://indianredcross.org/ircs/COVIDX19+

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Many(More+XX+https://www.cbsnews.com/news/indiaX

covidXhowXtoXhelp/+

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