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This post has adopted Ananda Coomaraswamy’s essay of the same title. I vaguely recall writing in this post, that Coomaraswamy typically wrote “for the professional.” The present essay however, is one of those rare introductory pieces he wrote several decades
Preface The opening line of the Wikipedia entry on Indology reads thus: Indology is a name given by indologists to the academic study of the history, languages, and cultures of South Asia. Which only reinforces the India-as-South-East-Asia stereotype, a veil
Ananda Coomaraswamy is one of the little-known figures of India. Which is baffling because a vague estimate of his works runs into more than 15000 pages. It is all the more baffling because his range of subjects is almost beyond
The JNU high priests must have cursed the moment they decided to invite Umberto Eco to speak. Says this report: Celebrated Italian author Umberto Eco left many academics and students at Jawaharlal Nehru University squirming with embarrassed ignorance on Monday.
Prakash Karat has finally admitted that China is the Fatherland. CPM general secretary Prakash Karat vowed to oppose a strategic alliance between India and the United States claiming that such a move was meant to â€œcounter-balanceâ€ and â€œencircleâ€ China.
Nilagriva is pretty upset that People are bringing the Veda to everyday life to the extent that soon we’ll have vedic tea, vedic coffee and vedic TV. Why the urge to prefix everything under the sun with vedic? His angst
An average, devout Hindu knows next to nothing about Hinduism while his Muslim or Christian counterparts know enough to defend their respective faiths. And so the average devout Hindu does one of these two: Feels ashamed and/or scared to admit
This part continues examining Offstumped’s post on drawing a line. After mistakenly equating Dharma/Rajadharma with the present day Indian Constitution, he talks about Hindu interests. It is ironic that those who claim to protect Hindu interests have done little to
Shakyo Vaaraitum Jalena Hutabhukhchhatrena Sooryaataapo| Naagendronishitaankushenasamadodandena Gogardabhau|| Vyaadhirbheshajasamgrahaisccha Vividhairmantraprayogairvisham Sarvasya| Aushadhamasti Shaastravihitam Moorkhasya Naasti Aushadham|| One can put out fire dousing it with water, Ward off the scorching sun with an umbrella, Tame a rutted elephant goading it with a
In my introductory post on this topic, I mentioned that Buddha’s teachings are no different from that of Vedanta, that Buddha presented the distilled essence of Vedanta, that Buddha’s primary inspiration was the Vedas, and that the difference lay not
I’m currently reading an interesting book (will post a review at a later date) which gives an interesting tidbit about the Indian system of Logic. The system that comes closest to the Western model of analytical philosophy is called Nyaya.
About two years ago, writing about how Meera Nanda proudly strutted her ignorance, I observed two things at the outset: Perhaps it takes only a Meera Nanda to have the guts to strut her ignorance with such confidence. It took