The Influence Of Religion On The Mind And The Body

952 WordsFeb 4, 20154 Pages
Religion is one of the powerful forces in society. Religion exists because human beings have always looked to religion to provide answers to many of our needs. Emile Durkheim believed that religion was created by the societies in which they were followed. He took a logical perspective on the creation and foundation of it. He mostly based it on evidence and behavioral science. A psychological approach to studying religion would depend more on the lives of individuals. William James found a connection between the influence on the mind and the body. This led to religious experiences and beliefs. I 've selected James and Durkheim because their perception of religion make more sense to me. Differences in culture make a big difference in religious beliefs. Religious behavior is relative to the society in which its found. That society will often use a religion to reinforce its own values. The psychological approach of the study of religion will depend more on the individual 's perception and personal belief.The most important concepts of the Upanishads include Brahman, Atman, maya, karma, samsara, and moksha. Since this question only asks to describe four of these key concepts I have selected to concentrate on the first ones which are Brahman, Atman, maya, and karma. • Brahman originally meant that a cosmic power was always present in a Vedic sacrifice along with their chants. According to the Upanishads, Brahman is a god who appears in infinite forms such as fire, water, and the
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