Today in IH 0051 the instructor emphasized the importance of mystery and the unknowable as a part of the Hindu faith. Without enbracing the ineffability of Brahman, one is incapable of creating a detached notion of self-action. After about 20 minutes of such high-minded talk on the lack of a direct path to realizing the Atman, the reality of a mandatory introductory philosophy class set in when the next slide was titled “The Three Definited Steps to Ascension”. What took mystics a lifetime of ascetic self-focus is now doable in 20 minutes by an Asian humanities instructor. It must be tough to move around the Ivory Tower with heads that big.