Indian Philosophy Tag


Posted On May 23, 2016By SandeepIn Indian Philosophy

The Story of DA

Buried beneath and interspersed among the numerous layers of terse and detailed philosophical expositions are the thousands of amazing stories in the Upanishads. It is indeed a tragedy of our modern education system—that treats the human as no better than a component of economic production—that these stories have completely vanished from our school syllabi, supplanted instead by mindless Christian moral education. It’s not farfetched to apply the verse celebrating the universal appeal of music Shishurvetti pashurvetti vetti vetti gAnarasaM phaNiH (The essence of music can be experienced by all creaturesRead More

Posted On April 19, 2016By SandeepIn Indian Philosophy

The Indian Conception of History

Do Indians have a sense of history? No is pretty much the received wisdom even today in major sections of the academia, media and the rest. If you as much as question the sources, the roots of this received wisdom, you are branded with the choicest of Leftist labels but that’s the least of our concerns. Before looking at a “sense of history” or “historical sense,” we need to look at how history is defined. Commonly accepted definitions include: A study of the human past. A field of research whichRead More
I return to Bhartruhari after the longest time. This sloka—the third in Neeti Shatakam—is highly applicable given the times we live in and given the self-proclaimed experts in every field. Agnah Sukhamaradhyate Sukhataramaradhyate Visheshagnah | Jnanalavadurvidagdham Brahmaapi Naram Na Ranjayati || It is but very easy to please the wholly Ignorant, easier it is to please the really Knowledgeable|It is well-nigh impossible for even Brahma to please those endowed with half-baked knowledge||Read More

Posted On September 10, 2011By SandeepIn Commentary

What Krishna Would Do

The consistently brilliant Atanu Dey asks What would Gandhi do and at the end of his answer, says: “Why does it matter what would Gandhi do? What matters is what we should do,” I said. “Actually that’s why I ask what would Gandhi do,” CJ said. “I want to figure out what Gandhi would do and do exactly the opposite. It’s like this. Remember in some crime stories the detective asks himself what he would do if he were the criminal? Something like that. “Sometimes I ask myself what wouldRead More
Today is Makara Sankranti, celebrated across India to both herald the beginning of longer days, and reap the harvest of months of backbreaking work in the fields. But the greater significance of Makara Sankranti like most Hindu festivals, is to highlight another living instance of the amazing cultural unity of India. People in Karnataka exchange a mixture comprising sugarcane blocks–artistically moulded into various forms and figures and shapes of Gods, Goddesses, flowers, fruits, animals–white sesame seeds, jaggery, and a piece of sugarcane. In Andhra Pradesh, sugarcane is replaced by theRead More
A few weeks ago, I made a hurried list that broadly categorized contemporary Hindus based on certain general parameters. Gurcharan Das of India Unbound fame adds to this list by slotting himself into a new category: Liberal Hindu. Much of what he says in that post is along familiar, “safe Hindu” lines but he does offer some positive difference from the mundane grist that we have come to expect from self-proclaimed liberals. For the familiar stuff, this assertion is a fairly reflective sample. Hindu nationalists have appropriated my past andRead More
Soon after, I wrote Jalapaata (Waterfall) and Tabbaliyu Neenaade Magane (You have been orphaned, my Son). A singular experience inspired both these works. A revolution of sorts was brewing in the cooperative sector in the Kaira district, which not just bettered the lives of the farmers there but supplied plentiful milk to far-off places like Ahmedabad and Bombay. AMUL had gained nationwide fame as a producer and supplier of milk products. I wanted to visit the organization that had unleashed a flood of milk across the country.Read More

Posted On August 11, 2009By SandeepIn Commentary

The Sublime and the Mundane

A good way to take a break from sickening news, never ending political crap and even mundane life, and recover sanity is to turn the mind towards the more refined appeals. The kinds that we’ve lost the time and solitude to enjoy at will: music, painting, sculpture, plays, and literature. More specifically, the classical variety of these arts. Long-time readers of this blog know my inclinations–and biases–mostly veer in that direction. While I don’t need to justify these inclinations/biases, it helps to clarify–for myself–why I tend to favour the ClassicalRead More
It is Vijayadashami here in Karnataka, a hallowed tradition that celebrates both the victory and renewal of the spirit of Sanatana Dharma in South India. A tradition handed down to us from the time Harihara established the Vijaynagar empire after defeating the marauding Islamic armies that threatened to sweep the entire South India. It won’t be off the mark to say that the form of Hindu traditions as we know them today in South India largely follows the pattern set in the time of the Vijaynagar empire. And we fleetinglyRead More

Posted On September 21, 2008By SandeepIn Commentary, Indian Philosophy

Let’s Talk About Sex

I know the title of this post will get all kinds of visitors to this blog but everything has a price. Okay, so this is about sex in Indian art, something I might have touched upon mostly in my posts on M.F. Hussain. One of the first cries in the defence of Hussain is how sex and nudity were “very much a part of ancient/medieval Indian art.” This is usually followed by the much-abused example of Khajuraho. And then the defence stops at that.Read More

Posted On August 15, 2008By SandeepIn Indian Philosophy

Reason for Fundamentalism and Biogtry

So this is both a question and a test of how well you know your Hinduism. 🙂 What according to Sanatana Dharma is the root cause of religious fundamentalism/bigotry? Technorati Tags: hinduism,sanatana dharma,question,quiz,india,indian philosophyRead More

Posted On July 7, 2008By SandeepIn Indian Philosophy

Dharma 101: A Critique

As promised to Yossarin, I hereby add, clarify, and (hope to) correct some items in Yossarin’s elucidation of Dharma. I’ve adopted his question-answer format because it offers a nice readymade template. 🙂Read More