Upanishads Vs Herodotus

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The Katha Upanishads from ancient India and the Greek historian Herodotus, both define the belief of the good life. Although there are similarities between the two perspectives, there are also various differences between the Upanishads and Herodotus. Firstly, they differ in terms of origin. The Upanishads are a representation of ancient India and Herodotus originates from Greece. It is noted, that the Greeks originally settled in Greece due to its abundance of gold and silver. Whereas, Indians settled in India due to the topography or the terrain of the land. India’s soil was fertile and good for growing many crops. There is already an immediate difference between the two, just based on why each group decided to settle where they did. Furthermore, this outlines perfectly…show more content…
The Upanishads emphasize that life is full of temptations. More importantly, that these temptations can be controlled by discovering why they are there to begin with. While the Upanishads use spirituality to define the good life, Herodotus believes instead that Earthly wealth defines the good life. Meaning materials wealth, having a faithful wife, being healthy, etc. Additionally, Herodotus mentions this belief through a series of narratives rather metaphors, that stress the point that a person’s “blessings” should also be a reflection of an individual’s heart. However, both Herodotus and the Upanishads include in their message the afterlife. They differ in a sense that, the Upanishads link eternity to the Atman, while Herodotus links the fate of an individual to the afterlife. Meaning, Herodotus expresses that the true revelation of the good life will not be unveiled until an individual as passed away. To conclude, the two perspectives of the good life are different between the Upanishads and Herodotus. Yet they are similar in the sense, of mentioning that the afterlife is the only way to know if you lived a good
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