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Ged contradictions within traditional Hinduism and charge him with having appropriated the principles of Western religion to manufacture a coherent and unified worldview and set of practices known today as Hinduism Indras Net. I didn't like the book The author fails to respond to any of the philosophical problems raised by western philosophers regarding Hinduism though he is able to clearly define the problems posed by them I have read better books

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Indras NetDefending Hinduisms Philosophical Unity it is fashionable among intellectuals to assert that dharma traditions lacked any semblance of unity before the British period and that the contours of contemporary Hinduism were beueat. This is a long review it is divided into sections You may want to pick the sections you want to read A Little Background Sanatana Dharma is rooted in diversity; you can be a staunch Sri Vaishnavaite and be a Hindu you can be a Shaivaite and be Hindu you can follow the Advaita Vedanta of Sri AdiShankara and be a Hindu you can be a follower of Dvaita Vedanta and be Hindu you can follow a Guru who follows Sastra Pramana and be a Hindu Moksha the ultimate Aim of Sanatana Dharma can be obtained in any of these waysSince this religion is different from the religions that follow one God one book one Prophet and only one way to salvation there are many people in the west who do not want to call this a religion There are many people who want to see this religion disappear from the globe They want this culture to get fossilized and forgotten Now some of them have started accusing Swami Vivekananda of manufacturing Hinduism What makes the matter worse is the fact that some are using teachings of Adi Shankara concocting and misinterpreting them to come up with a preposterous claim that Swami Vivekananda came up with a new religion This book is a rebuttal to all the people who uestion the inherent Philosophical Unity of HinduismAbout the Book The book starts with the Purva Paksha where Rajiv Malhotra explains the myths that need to be challenged Some myths that are widely in circulation arei Hinduism is manufacturediiHinduism doesnot have any coherenceiii Hinduism is founded on oppressioniv Seva service to others is a concept that Hindus adopted from the westv Yoga was not treated as a path to salvation by Hindus and Hindus copied it from western science etcThen he brings to light the stands taken by various Western Indologists He speaks about the arguments of Paul Hacker Agehananda Bharti Ursula King Rambachan Richard King Brian Pennington Peter Van der Veer Sheldon Pollock and others He speaks about the hidden agenda and the larger picture that comes from itThe way the works of these people support each other and the way all of them overlook a lot of historical facts are brought to light in a systematic way The author dwells on “Anubhava” Vs “Sruti Pramana” in these sections We get to see wonderful arguments in the offing when we read about Rambachan the position he takes on Swami Vivekananda and Rajiv’s argument that expose the fallacies in Rambachan’s lineThe second part of the book deals Uttara Paksha brings to light Rajiv ji’s full fledged rebuttal to the Western Indologists Rajiv ji brings to light the pre colonial unifies of Hinduism like Vijnanabhikshu He attacks the lies that the Indologists present and propagate regarding Seva altruism and Yoga Adi Shankara’s position on Yoga He even gives references where the West incorporated ideals from Hinduism particularly regarding Seva etc and it was not the other way roundThe author presents numerous examples of the way Shankara did respect yoga and way both can complement each other and help a sadhaka in the path of Liberation The way Shankara’s work is presented deserves a special mention it is very well researched and well presentedThe author then moves on to give a framework in which Hindu thought can dwell and empower itself The open architecture the common tool box the poison pills porcupine defense and Astika Nastika distinction are proposed by the author as a way forward for all HindusWhat did I like 1 The extensive research and the way the problem and solutions have been described2 The Purva Paksha most of us don’t read about the way in which Hinduism is being targeted by various groups we fall into the trap of believing every argument that comes our way so if it comes from a westerner Rajiv Ji shows us the double sidedness of some of these Western intellectuals3 The open architecture Poison Pills and Porcupine defense Rajiv Ji does not leave it with uestions he gives a lot of answers and that is important I loved the way he gave answers and strategies to save our religion from digestion4 The concept of Indra’s Net itself where everything is in itself the whole and also the part of it That’s a fantastic concept that I did not know beforeWhat did I not like 1 I did not read the book “Being Different” till now In fact this is the first book of Rajiv Ji that I read Many a time he refers to what was said in Being Different this made reading a little tough for me2 This is purely my personal problem; I was not able to read Purva Paksha All those arguments against Swami Vivekananda were things I could not digest As I was reading those pages I was praying for them to be over and was wanting Uttara Paksha to start Probably the Hindu in me was finding all these things unpalatableConclusionA must read for all Hindus Please read the book We ought to know the games of these Western Indologists and the ways and means in which our Dharma is being attacked Digestion is one of the biggest threats to our religion today The Open Architecture the poison pills and porcupine defense are indeed innovative methodologies that Rajiv ji proposesYou might agree with Rajiv Ji or you might disagree however the threat we Hindus are facing from these academicians of the west is real We ought to wake up and think of ways and means to counter it This book serves as a good starting pointPlease do read the book you would have done yourself a great favor by reading this

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Indras Net Read & download ¿ 102 õ ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☆ Indras Net Author Rajiv Malhotra – Defending Hinduisms Philosophical Unity it is fashionable among intellectuals to assert that dharma traditions lacked any semblance of unity before the British period and that the contours of contempo Defending HiHed to us by our colonial masters Such arguments routinely target Swami Vivekananda a key interlocutor who shattered many deeply rooted prejudices against Indian civilization They accuse him of having camouflaged various alle. Far from the common practitioner of dharmic traditions among the western and westernized academia for about than half a century a uasi literate bid to create an impression that the evolution of hinduism has stopped and the concurrent developments since Vivekananda are mere bastardization of christian values has been leveraged as an impenetrable scholarship This book tears into this flimsy facade made out bundles of eco chamberisk academic excellence The book has five main point to introduce1 How western civilization has appropriated several assets of eastern civilization from Hinduism and Buddhism which they now they call their own 2 The core of DharmicBuddhist philosophy via Indra's net3 That service and individual experience in India as promulgated by Vivekananda are not because of a short trip to Chicago but part of a long enduring tradition of revival and innovation which though has borrowings from the west but nevertheless is overwhelmingly part of the series of dharma tradition born out of a vedantic base4 There are difference in the darshana sanskrit non translatable; close to philosophy of Shanakracharya and Vivekananda yet non severs itself from the larger tree of vedic thought or dispels the other 5 A long going western attempt to present India as a synthetically united civilization is based out of utter misrepresentations non sense that have become norm over time My thoughts after reading the book was that it is a great tragedy that a narrative which is based out of unsound academic research and subject matter understanding ran as a mainstream understanding of Indic thought unchallenged for about a century RajivMessage has done us common folks great service by introducing this perversion of Dharmic thought to the general public in a concise and rather well argued book It is a tough read for someone not acclimatized to the genre and it is ideal that one reads it than once as once in a while the details become too thick