[INDOLOGY] reviews of Malhotra's books

Nagaraj Paturi nagarajpaturi at gmail.com
Thu Aug 4 02:30:06 EDT 2016

TBFS reviews:


On Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 11:48 AM, Nagaraj Paturi <nagarajpaturi at gmail.com>

> https://www.harpercollins.com/9789351362449/indras-net has the following:
> About the Book
> Originating in the Atharva Veda, the concept of Indra's Net is a powerful
> metaphor for interconnectedness. It was transmitted via Buddhism's
> Avatamsaka Sutra into Western thought, where it now resides at the heart of
> post-modern discourse. According to this metaphor, nothing ultimately
> exists separately by itself and all boundaries can be deconstructed. This
> book invokes Indra's Net to articulate the open architecture, unity and
> continuity of Hinduism. Seen from this perspective, Hinduism defies
> pigeonholing into the traditional, modern and post-modern categories by
> which the West defines itself; rather, it becomes evident that Hinduism has
> always spanned all three categories simultaneously and without
> contradiction. 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 bequeathed 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 alleged
> '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. Indra's
> Net: Defending Hinduism's Philosophical Unity provides a foundation for
> theories that slander contemporary Hinduism as illegitimate, ascribing
> sinister motives to its existence, and characterizing its fabric as
> oppressive. Rajiv Malhotra offers a detailed, systematic rejoinder to such
> views, and articulates the multidimensional, holographic understanding of
> reality that grounds Hindu dharma. He also argues that Vivekananda's
> creative interpretations of Hindu dharma informed and influenced many
> Western intellectual movements of the post-modern era. Indeed, as he cites
> with many insightful examples, appropriations from Hinduism have provided a
> foundation for cutting-edge discoveries in several fields, including
> cognitive science and neuroscience.
> On Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 1:30 AM, Dominik Wujastyk <wujastyk at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> On 2 August 2016 at 07:08, Dean Michael Anderson via INDOLOGY <
>> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>> From: Dean Michael Anderson <eastwestcultural at yahoo.com>
>>> To: Indology List <indology at list.indology.info>
>>> Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2016 05:06:51 +0000 (UTC)
>> "The conceptual matrix of integral unity is illustrated in the metaphor
>>> ​[...]"
>> ​Isn't that a quote from Alan Sokal, "Transgressing the Boundaries"?​
>> ​:-)​
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> Nagaraj Paturi
> Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.
> Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies
> FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of  Liberal Education,
> (Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA )

Nagaraj Paturi

Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.

Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies

FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of  Liberal Education,

(Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA )
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