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On Statecraft: Madhava Rao's Hints on the Art and Science of Government
Madhava Rao is widely hailed as a foremost statesman of nineteenth century India. While there may be differences over his subservient attitude towards the British and his lack of incorporation of Dhārmika...
Conversion to Hindu Dharma 2: An Example from Eugene, USA
We read here a personal account from Smt. Kate Herse, and find that being born in the United States did not prevent her from learning the Upaniṣads, leading a dhārmika life, and living as a Hindu. Caste...
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A Glimpse into Śākta Worldview and Practice
When Devi or supreme Goddess is worshipped as the primary power, how is the primacy of Devi established in Śākta traditions?

The Best of Dhīti

Cornerstone Essays

The Problem of Culture Transmission
Tradition is the bedrock on which civilization stands and culture flourishes. And tradition is that which continues. But how exactly does it continue? How is it transferred to the next generation?
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Conversion to Hindu Dharma: Past Precedents, Present Challenges and Future Possibilities
Can one (particularly a non-Indian foreigner) convert to Hindu Dharma? How does caste feature in this (if at all)? What are the basic duties of a Hindu convert, who may not have any particular sampradāya affiliation?
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Kṣetra, Śāstra, Utsav
On this Aṣṭamī, we look at how festivals are to time what temples are to space - they are gradients of divinity.
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Quest for Harmony
In our introductory essay, Pankaj Saxena tells us what the cultural imperative is, and the redemption it provides.

Education in Ancient India

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S. Radhakrishnan on What Makes Art, Science and Religion Work
On this Teacher's Day, we scope some views of the man behind the legacy. His wide range, his exposure to Western civilization, his own readings of Dharma- these gave to Shri Radhakrishnan a unique view, a distinct voice. Art, intuition, science - he had insights on all.
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Ṛgvedic Education:  Creating Civilizational Foundations for the Future
Results of the tapas and intellectuality of our ṛṣis and and how, through education, they imparted essential faculties.
Gurukulavāsa - Making a Śiṣya Out of a Vidyārthī
Gurukulavāsa - Making a Śiṣya Out of a Vidyārthī
The thrust of all gurukula education of yore was towards self knowledge. Only by knowing our true selves can we claim to be wholesome.
Conserving the Texts, Transmitting the Knowledge The Place of Gurus in Ancient Indian Education
Conserving the Texts, Transmitting the Knowledge: The Place of Gurus in Ancient Indian Education
The uninterrupted transmission of knowledge would not have been possible without the intervention of excellent teachers, called gurus in Indian traditions.
The Ideals of Learning, Learners, and Methods in Ancient Indian Education
Learning has long been valued and pursued in India, not only as part of dharma and philosophy, but for its own sake—knowledge itself was a pursuit in Indian education.

Giving voice to the grand narrative

Civilization State

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History is Ontic but Itihāsa is Ontologic - a Fractal Maṇḍala Essay
In this essay we engage in emic freethinking, and look at some names from Indian itihāsa in a new light. How many such stories might we find in the Purāṇas, Epics and other texts? And if we did, would we not understand our past better?
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Colonial Alienation and the Making of Docile Bodies
Why do Indians display cultural and historical amnesia regarding their own past? What historical processes have led to the situation where we must constantly feel stunted by a “deeply implanted sense of degradation and inferiority"?
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Decolonization: A Personal Footprint and Some Ramp Ways
In the noise that words with wide circulation receive, their representation is often distorted. 'Decolonization' is one such word. Here we share a personal footprint as the writer looks back at his earliest memories, and outlines some essential ramp ways we all can use.
Fractal Mandala
The Fractal Maṇḍala, Part 2
A continuation and conclusion of part 1, where we established the notion of civilizational trajectory, marked two fundamental problems in it, and appraised the Indian experience on the same to make the case for our civilizational primacy.
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On Indian Civilizational Consciousness
A short essay on this Independence Day, that re-examines the meaning of "Indian civilizational consciousness" from the dhātus.
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The Fractal Maṇḍala, Part 1
The Fractal Maṇḍala is Indian civilizational consciousness: multi-level coherent. Here we draw from Indian macrohistory to evidence this.
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Preliminary Schema for Synaptic Reconnection, 2
Mental schema for synaptic reconnection to the civilizational consciousness. This is part 2 of an ongoing series.
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Preliminary Schema for Synaptic Reconnection, Part 1
A preliminary schema to reconnect with civilizational consciousness. Developing a complete Ontology, Epistemology and Teleology for Bhārata.

essays that evoke the once was and inspire a revived future

Reclaiming the Past

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Oral Storytelling Traditions
A rounded coverage of the oral storytelling traditions that prevail among old cultures around the world, and especially in India.
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How To Best Live? Answers From Ancient India
How to live life best has always been the human pondering. Ancient India had the right answer- Puruṣārtha, or the four aims of life.
India’s Storytelling Tradition and its Influence on World Literature
India’s Storytelling Tradition and its Influence on World Literature
Ancient Indian storytelling disseminated functional genres (religious and scientific) and fictional genres: poetry, drama, and stories.
Eco-feminism: Roots in Ancient Hindu Philosophy
Eco Feminism, stemming from the Upanishads is the natural consequence of looking at the world as the Divine Mother.
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Reclaiming Medical Ethics
The medical ethics was an important feature of the Āyurvedic curriculum, duly emphasized by ancient practitioners. Caraka’s Oath can be regarded as the summation of this tradition, and veritably, its epitome.

commentaries on the distance between dharma and reality

Culture and Policy

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Towards Understanding the Aghorī Paramparā - Part 1
The first article in this three part series takes a comprehensive and detailed look at the Aghorī-s. The second article debunks and counters certain baised and ignorant narratives made notorious by various news, and entertainment channels/ organizations. The third article, albeit shorter, promises to be interesting as it deals with his personal experience and how he got the insider’s knowledge of this...
Towards Dharma-centric Polity: Lokmanya Tilak and the Universalization of Gaṇeśa Utsava
As dharma disappears from daily personal life, and from specific regions, universalized Hindu festivals are capable of bringing dharma back again at the center. As temples become the primary vehicle of Hindu regeneration all over Bhāratavarṣa, festivals can become the Hindu regenerators in the north.
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T. S. Eliot’s Conception of Culture
Cultures across the world produce seekers and seers who bring home the truth. In India, this process is a living tradition. In other places, we have a rare T.S. Eliot who breaks the hold.
Sri Aurobindo's School of Bhavānī Bhāratī
Sri Aurobindo on What the West and India Have to Teach Each Other
What should sit in the driver’s seat: Ideas or Matter? Must the reason of philosophy and the energy of religion always be at odds? Can Europe and India teach each other anything, or are they distinct civilizations, drifting off on divergent paths?
Review of Ante Sundaraniki
A Review of Ante Sundaraniki
A Review of Ante Sundaraniki, the second piece in our cultural reviews of Indian cinema, puts the Telugu film 'Ante Sundaraniki' under lens.
Cultural Review of Cinema
As Seen on TV - Cultural Review of Cinema
As Seen on TV introduces Bṛhat's cultural review of cinema lens, where we examine the impact movies have played in shaping India.
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The Subtle Hindu Imagery of Sittarala Sirapadu
The movie Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo and it's climactic song as an example of cinema that furthers cultural belonging.
The Sri Lankan Crisis and Organic Farming
The Sri Lankan Crisis and Organic Farming
The Sri Lankan crisis and the subsequent economic turmoil question the abrupt policy shift of the government toward organic farming.

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Cosmic Memory
Fleetingly we sense it, that deeper connection. Like a microcosm that reflects the macrocosm. A cosmic mystery out there, of which we have intuition. Springing from seed, back to seed. Nivedita's poem here invokes this mystery.
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Universal Ideas from Patañjali's Yoga Sūtras on Mind and Mental Health: Philosophy and Practice
The construction of the models of mind and mental health from the Western paradigm is demonstrably incomplete, attempting symptomatic relief. This has led to the utter neglect of the inner world, self-awareness, experiential realities and insights from the Indic Knowledge Systems (such as Yoga, Vedānta, Āyurveda etc.).
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What Carl Jung Learnt from India
Jung once wrote on India - "It is quite possible that India is the real world, and that the white man lives in a madhouse of abstractions."
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Kāśī at Night
A short poem that perfectly captures Varanasi, and evokes the almost mystic feel it can overtake you with when there.
Sri Aurobindo's School of Bhavānī Bhāratī
Sri Aurobindo's School of Bhavānī Bhāratī
The 2nd in our schools of thought series is on Sri Aurobindo, who gave us the method of attaining true svarāja.
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Swami Vivekananda’s School of Hindu Renaissance
The renaissance started by Swami Vivekananda was not just political or socio-cultural in nature, it was spiritual, Sanātana in character.
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The Sacred Everywhere
The sacred in life, nature and the cosmos is made by that invisible, all-pervading consciousness, which defines this land we call Bhārata.