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Compare and contrast the Vedic tradition with the tradition of bhakti. Describe in detail the worldview of each, particularly in relation to the sacrifice, the relationship of the gods/goddesses to human beings and the religious goals that one tries to obtain.

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Compare and contrast the Vedic tradition with the tradition of bhakti. Describe in detail the worldview of each, particularly in relation to the sacrifice, the relationship of the gods/goddesses to human beings and the religious goals that one tries to obtain.

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First of all, understand that the question pertains to two types of Hindu religious systems, the older Vedic one and the newer Bhakti one. We'll start with the Vedic one and I'll try to explain to you some of the basic components of that religious system.

The Vedic tradition is the ancient religious system of the Vedic civilization, which goes way back to ancient India - to around 2000 BCE. The details of the Vedic tradition are written in the ancient writings called the Vedas. In one sense, it is the precursor to (or ancient raw form of) modern Hinduism. The religion centers on the religious caste and its system of sacrifices. Essentially, the religious or priestly caste practiced these rituals for themselves and was available to assist others in the performance of their rituals as well.

Within the Vedic tradition, there are a number of different gods and goddesses - the sun, the wind, the fire, the earth, the dawn, etc. Each of these has interesting-sounding Sanskrit names. (Sanskrit is the ancient language ...

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