Response to Nay Sayers on Interfaith Engagement

Vijaya Rajiva (like Sandhya Jain, on whom I’ve written before) has been around for a long time, so it is difficult for me to write what I…

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Sandhya Jain and the Global Hindus

Sandhya Jain [1] has been around for a long time, so it is difficult for me to write what I write below. Like many others, I’ve been and hope to continue being an interested reader of her pieces, which often take up the cudgels for Hindus & Hindu issues in the mainstream media. Her latest one is something else though, where she targets “Global Hindu”[2] along with Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the Acharya Sabha, and others who I’d have thought have the unanimous approval of Hindus & well wishers of Hindus.

That it comes out of some visceral angst seems clearer & clearer as one reads through the article. By the time she is done taking the hatchet to them, it appears that if she had her way, “Global Hindu”, along with the other named ‘bad guys’, would need to be consigned to the dustbin of history. So utterly bad & unredeemable are they to her.

Not knowing her motivations beyond my past impression of her as someone fiercely protective of Hindu interests, people like me are at a loss as to why she’s gone into such a vehement ‘attack mode’ towards other public figures who, to the best of my knowledge, are also very protective of Hindu interests, and have dedicated a good part of their adult lives in trying to provide desperately needed intellectual leadership to us common Hindus, the leaderless “Hindu Sheep” of today. 

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I have seen the enemy, and he is me…

For the person who has once had a taste of how it is to lose his freedom, maintaining his integrity of self is not an easy task. The memory of being deprived of freedom is a permanent scar on his psyche, and informs his attitude as he deals with the world.

When the issue is Colonization, this wound stretches to cover a whole people, and in India’s case, a whole civilization. After centuries of subjugation by foreign powers & ideologies, it is a wonder that anything has survived with any semblance of it’s former integrity. How much of the pre 10th century culture can we see in today’s India? Or more to the point, how much of pre 17th century India can we see in today’s India?

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Western Culture – A Concise Religio-Philosophical History for the Non Westerner

Western Culture – A Concise Religio-Philosophical History for the Non Westerner

The following are excerpts from the Book Neo-Vedanta and Modernity: Toward an Understanding Of The Ontology of Bliss in the Context of modernity by Prof. Bithika Mukerji. (Full book at http://www.advaita.org.uk/reading/free_other.htm please beware that the document on this site, apparently transcribed from the original printed book, is riddled with Typos. My version below has been cleaned of typos, as far as possible. )

Among the many reasons to read this entire book, the most important one is that it puts in context the path of Vedanta as experienced/discoursed in the intellectual atmosphere of today’s Westernised post-technological age. The focus of this particular piece much smaller, it is just the part in Chapter 1, Section B.: Formative Factors Influencing Western Civilization.

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Religion & US Constitution-PART I

It is always fascinating how the US constitution, both in the way it was written down, and is practised, takes us back to the was I imagine some of our shastras may have been fashioned. There is the emphasis on clarity of thought, a clear practical focus, a rootedness in the 'present' with allowance for revision & amendment based on experience.

Below are excerpts from an article

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Making Vedanta relevant to today’s children

One doesn't have to ignore Vedanta until one reaches a certain age, or level of experience. The attempt here is to present a case study of practically implementing the education of basic Vedantic concepts to children. The case study shared is of a weekly Sanatana Dharma school run in the … Hindu Temple for the past 2 years. The authors put in perspective their attempts to transmit the Vedantic underpinnings of Indic Hindu culture in the process of teaching the traditions of the Sanatana Dharma from India at weekly classes for members' children using contemporary methods of presentation.

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