Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism by Rajiv Malhotra

By Rajiv Malhotra

India is greater than a kingdom nation. it's also a distinct civilization with philosophies and cosmologies which are markedly detailed from the dominant tradition of our instances - the West. India's religious traditions spring from dharma which has no particular similar in Western frameworks. regrettably, within the rush to rejoice the becoming acclaim for India at the international level, its civilizational matrix is being co-opted into Western universalism, thereby diluting its specialty and strength. In Being assorted: An Indian problem to Western Universalism, philosopher and thinker Rajiv Malhotra addresses the problem of an immediate and sincere engagement on modifications, via reversing the gaze, repositioning India from being the saw to the observer and looking out on the West from the dharmic viewpoint. In doing so, he demanding situations many hitherto unexamined ideals that either side carry approximately themselves and every different. He highlights that whereas special old revelations are the foundation for Western religions, dharma emphasizes self-realization within the physique the following and now. He additionally issues out the vital cohesion that underpins dharma's metaphysics and contrasts this with Western inspiration and background as an artificial solidarity.
Erudite and interesting, Being diverse opinions stylish reductive translations and analyses the West's anxiousness over distinction and fixation for order which distinction the artistic function of chaos in dharma. It concludes with a rebuttal of Western claims of universalism, whereas recommending a multi-cultural worldview.

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25) Great is the power of all virtues in the Universe, Great is the power of Buddha and Bodhisattvas’ Compassions. With the support of this great might, And guided by the Light of Dharma, May all my good wishes be fulfilled Readily, and those of others. The Essentials of Mahamudra Practice As Given by the Venerable Lama Kong Ka L am a K ong Ka sa id : “To practice this Mahamudra meditation one should first be initiated by a qualified Guru. The purpose of Mahamudra initiation is to make the disciple recognize the illuminatingvoid Awarness of his Self-mind.

When in deep sleep you should try to merge Awareness with the unconscious without strain. ’ “ (3) To utilize apparitions and devils to further Realiza­ tion: “Whenever any fearful apparition appears, you should employ the Mahamudra meditation on the fears. Do not try to dispel the fear but dwell on it clearly and loosely. In doing so, if the apparition vanishes, you should try once more to conjure up even more frightful apparitions and again apply Mahamudra to them. “ (4) To utilize compassion and grief to further Realiza­ tion: “Since in the final analysis, life and Samsara imply suffer­ ing, a Buddhist should have great compassion for all sentient beings.

May I attain The Teaching of the View and Practice. The Vow of Mahamudra (9) All forms are but expressions of one’s mind; The mind is of no-mind and void in nature. Though void, ’tis not extinct, But manifests all things. May I always observe this Truth And attain a decisive View. ( 10 ) Confused, self-manifestations that are void We deem to be real objects and outside ourselves; We hold self-awareness To be our true Ego. Because of these Two Clingings,® Men wander in Samsara. O, may I cut off The root blindness!

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