7 comments for “Reason for Fundamentalism and Biogtry

  1. August 20, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Agree with kaangeya.

    First reason for Fundamentalism and Biogtry is lack of a complete “darshana”. in saddharma, emphasys is laid not on belief-based presumption, but on actual experience. That is why philosophy in Indic is known as ‘Darshan’ -> ‘to see comprehensively’. Or as siddhArtha says ‘ehi passiko’ – come and see’.

    Second Reason is deriving the Truth from revealations brough by someone else / from outside rather than realizing the truth within. A Truth realized ‘outside’ or revealed, becomes a liability which needs to be insisted upon for validity, and needs a reaffirmation of “faith” upon this external agency. On the contrary, a self-realized-truth remain valid for oneself and need not require an insistance or sertificate from external party. siddhArtha says, ‘appa deepo bhava’ – ‘become your own lamp’. Call it reason, enlightenment, self-realization.

    Finally, exclusivism or monopoly on the path to truth-realization.

  2. Shahryar
    August 20, 2008 at 10:32 AM


  3. kaangeya
    August 17, 2008 at 4:39 AM

    Belief itself is the cause of bigotry. Only direct experience and testable testimony based on direct experience is the starting point for the determining “satyam”. Rationalism breaks down beyond a point, and leads to logical paradoxes. The idea of god itself is a logical paradox.

  4. Shanth
    August 15, 2008 at 11:12 AM


    sanatana dharma doesn’t propagate bigotry because belief in God and belief in rituals(veda) are decoupled. So people in India with differing views always co-existed.

  5. amar
    August 15, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    asuri pravritti (from BG chapter 17 for example).

  6. August 15, 2008 at 8:45 AM

    Holier than thou which makes ones reiligion bigger and better than any other belief. BTW, happy independence day.

  7. August 15, 2008 at 7:38 AM

    Umm..lemme guess here.
    Is it the assertion that “My Way/God is the only way. All others are false/bad/evil” ?

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