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The Rich Indian Heritage

Posted in Uncategorized by K P Ramachandran on August 29, 2009

Wendy Doniger,professor,History of religions at the University of Chicago has written recently about Hinduism that ‘ the genius of Hinduism has always been grounded in its malleability and diversity,its ability to grow and change through its receptivity to the ideas and customs of people other than Hindus.’ No other religion in the world has the inter religious tolerance that the Hinduism has or the principles/teachings like the Vedas ( self knowledge ), Upanishads and the 18 Puranas of Hinduism give. Karma ( work ), compassion  and Ahimsa ( non – injury ) are the basic doctrines of Hinduism. Even the aggression and the aggravated assaults  on Hindu temples by  Greeks , Mughals and Europeans starting from 300 BC could not do any harm to this rich tradition.The Hinduism and the Indian heritage will continue to be light years ahead of the fundamentalists of all religions,the currents of modernisation and globalisation in its breadth of vision,depth of spiritual understanding and doctrines of  Gita. Many of the Educationists in West and in American countries know this better than an average Indian.

The rich Sanskrit language is not getting the required patronage in India today. But in western and American countries many students learn Sanskrit and they understand the importance of Hinduism and the rich heritage of this old language. Hence even if we Indians  lose this language in the years to come this rich Indian Heritage will be more popular in the world.In this context we should all remember that it was the Great Dr.Ambedkar who wanted our Parliament to adopt Sanskrit as our National Language ( not Hindi ) which was not accepted by others. My humble request to the next generation is to study this rich Indian language as their second language.

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