Mysore did that.

Between 1900 to 1950, Mysore let far ahead of rest of India because the state was relatively free to indulge in itself. Cultural stalwarts neither abandoned tradition, nor did close eyes to Modernity.

Hence, Mysore lept into the Modern world on its own terms.
Except in Defence, in every other aspect we indulged in.

We see maximum continuity with the past with maximum openness to western thought in the Mysore region.

Intellectually and in the material realm, we see greater integrity.
Maharaja and Dewans constantly toured the West to understand developments and being them to the State.

Naalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar himself was trained in the best of the East & West. And the one who shaped it and supervised it was his mother. It is she who granted land for IISc

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14 Sep
The Seven Levels in which Life is organised in Bharateeya Parampara.

1. The Philosophy (The Tatva and the Siddhanta)
2. The Principles (The Sutra)
3. The Social Organizations – (Kula, Jati, Varna)
4. The Tradition – (The Sampradaya)
5. The Practices – (The Shastra Paddhati)

6. The Customs (The Achara and Reeti)
7. The Rituals (The Karma)

Level-1 is the Philosophical Top

Level-3 to 7 is the Life Organised at the bottom

Level-2 that connects the two is the Confluence you are referred to. That is anchored by the Paradigm of Sutra.

Level-3-7 if they are truly Bottom-Up ie., with absolute control to the individual and the community, it is because of the Conceptualization of Sutra and the ease with which Community/Individual can indulge in its operation and instrumentation.

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14 Sep
Adding the #Kula #Jati #Varna Paper into this thread, which I wrote a few months back.…
The Paper establishes the KJT-Complex from the first principles of Purushartha and Srishti-Sthiti-Laya.

It proposes a change and reconstruction of the same for the Modern World to face the Triad of Modernity, Industrial Revolution and Monotheistic Assault.

In order to make a meaningful change in the Bharateeya Samudaya, we ought to understand how the Kula-Jati-Varna Complex (KJV Complex) has emerged from the Srishti-Sthiti-Laya perspective and the Purushartha.

The KJV Complex are instruments and enablers of the Purushartha.

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13 Sep
#Thread - slightly longer one on #Kula, #Jati, #Varna and the Traditional View covering history and traditional thought.

And some musings on the #Smriti -s

Among the three

- Kula was the most real and coherent entity
- Jati was an aggregate of Kula-s
- Varna was the characteristic of an aggregate of Jati-s. It was more a perspective or View.

Will elaborate on Varna later in the thread.

The organization of Kula was around a “Profession” and a custom designed Tradition/Sampradaya from the larger Hindu Philosophy.

A Kula always moved together because it was minimally self-contained for the “Purushartha Practice” in that Profession

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13 Sep
That is a good question. “On what basis do people disagree?”

There are 3 basis.

1. Explicit historical references
2. Different explanations to any verses that deny space for ICM
3. Different philosophical basis to the whole thing

1. Itihasa is full of ICM references including the Smritis.

- One can constantly see new “Jati-s” emerging at different points in time in history. A few Kulas begin to endorse ICM with “specific” jAti-s only. Over a period of time they become different jAti-s.

- itihAsa puranam itself has such references. Eg., the Soota Jati. It is a constant marriage between brAhmana women & kShatriya men that resulted in the Soota-jAti. Some have gone onto become Kings, most Ministers/ Advisors and some Bards.

Soota-s were the the greatest Bards

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12 Sep
ಕನ್ನಡ ಸನಾತನ ಸಜ್ಜನರೆ - ನಿಮ್ಮ ಗಮನಕ್ಕೆ.

ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಗೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಸಿದಂತೆ ಇಂಡಿಕ ಟುಡೇ ಮೂರು ಪುಸ್ತಕ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆಗಳನ್ನು ಪ್ರಕಟಿಸಿದೆ. ಇದೋ ನೋಡಿ. 👇🏼

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ಮೊದಲನೆಯದು ಶ್ರೀಯುತ ಎಸ್ . ಎಲ್. ಭೈರಪ್ಪನವರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಇತ್ತೀಚಿಗೆ ಪ್ರಕಟವಾದ ಆಂಗ್ಲ ಭಾಷೆಯ ಪುಸ್ತಕ. ಲೇಖಕಿ ವಿಜಯಾ ಹರನ್. ಪುಸ್ತಕ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಎಚ್.ಎಸ್. ಸ್ಮಿತಾ @saraswatiblr .

ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಭೈರಪ್ಪನವರ ಅನುವಾದಗಳ ಕುರಿತಾದ ವಿಚಾರಧಾರೆ.…
ಎರಡನೆಯದ್ದು ೧೯೪೨-ರಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಕಟವಾದ ಡಾ|| ಎಸ್.ಸಿ. ನಂದಿಮಠ ರವರ “A Handbook of Virashaivisim“ ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸ ಬಿದರಿಯವರಿಂದ @BidariSreenivas .

ವೀರಶೈವತ್ವದ ಅತ್ಯುತ್ತಮ ಪರಿಚಯಗ್ರಂಥ.…
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11 Sep
#SwamiVivekananda #ChicagoSpeech

Today is the 128th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s 1893 Speech in the World Religion Congress. A great turning point in our history.

I dont even know when I learnt of it first. I seem to be knowing it forever. There is a reason for it.

For us Kannadigas, Swamiji is like a Kannadiga. We think of him of born next door and one who lived in the midst of us. Such is his impact on our minds.

Kamarapukura is how we we refer to Sri. Ramakrishna’s village. We have Kannadised it.

Literally, every stalwart of Karnataka in the 20th Century was either influenced by Sri. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa or by Sri. Aurobindo. And universally by Swami Vivekananda.

Most small towns have a statue of Swami Vivekananda. Some institution or the other is named after him.

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