AP Human Geography
Dharma, Krishna, and Vālmīki, trans. Ramayana: India 's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love, and Wisdom. Los Angeles, CA: Torchlight Pub., 1998. Print. (5 pts.)
The Ramayana is a Sanskrit poem that goes back to about 300 B.C. about the Hindu god, Sri Rama and his interesting life story. It consists of 24,000 verses put into seven large books. “Ramayana” literally means the “journey or advancing of Rama”, who is one of the several incarnations of the supreme god Vishnu. In this epic, Rama’s step-mother exiles him to the forest for fourteen years only to go with his brother, Lakshmana, and wife, Sita. He was announced to be king just the day before, but the evil step-mother wanted her son to become the king. During the exile, his wife Sita is abducted by the evil king of Lanka, the monster Ravana. Rama, Lakshmana, and their army defeat Ravana and kill him. At the expiration of his exile, Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita return back to their kingdom, Ayodhya, and Rama is crowned King.
Duneja, Prabha. Bhagawad Geeta: The Gospel of Timeless Wisdom. Pleasanton: Geeta Society, 2005. Print. (5 pts.)
Bhagawad Geeta (also spelled Bhagavad Gita) is one of the most essential Sanskrit texts of Hinduism. At first, it was regarded as its own piece of writing, but later it became part of the Mahabharata. It explains karma, dharma, yoga, and reaching nirvana, which later becomes the foundation for Buddhism. It