#IndianKnowledgeSystems #Thought #Concepts

Recent posts on Twitter on Dr. Vasudeva Sharan Agrawalla has filled me with concern about our engagement with the past.

A Civilization distinguishes itself in
- Thought, Concepts in evolves
- Translating that into material life.

Thought simply does not accumulate. It flows, evolves, morphs into something else. Every generation passes its Past into the Future in two ways
- Pure Conceptual Unchanging Thought
- How it applied to specific times and how it can flow into the Future

Its a Relay.

Consequently, engaging with our immediate ancestral generations and their thought is very crucial to how we take things forward in in our times and pass it onto the future.

In this, the world of Kannada is lucky. This continuous flow of Thought is not seriously disturbed.

Other regions are not so lucky simply because of one kind of an assault or the other since 800 years.

Yet, it must be said that our Ancestors between 1850 to 1950 have left us great treasure - like Dr. Agrwalla.

This is a National Treasure of Thought.

Hence, it is absolutely necessary for our generation to engage with this treasure of Thought in every language.

We know very less about intellectuals, scholars in every single language in this period - more so if they were part of the Traditional Ecosystem.

The Power of Ideas is everything. That is how the Past will flow into the Future.

We are doing very well in terms of responding to Political, Social, Cultural, Institutional issues.

But we are not doing enough writ Thought & Ideas.

Few of us will have to dedicate ourselves to merely engage with our Past in terms of scholarship, literature, ideas, concepts how they were used, what difference they made and how can they be applied and how they can be passed to the future.

And that requires disengaging with immediate concerns of our times. Of course, ideally Universities have to do this. Hopefully @ChanakyaUni will make a difference to this building Thought from the Past into the Future.

We, at @IndicaOrg @indicatoday , are primarily concerned with this building ideas/concepts/thought from #IndianKnowledgeSystems .

Those who are interested can leverage one of our many platforms.

But this is a critical activity that requires dedicated, serious, disciplined engagement. Sticking to a few things but going deep into them.

We need this in scale.

The long term survival of our Civilization depends how we will engage with our Past in general & immediate Past in particular, in every single language & transform that into a National Treasure.

Excerpts from Dr. Agrawalla’s books has just filled me with urgency in this regard.

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Finally decided to write.

It must be said unequivocally that the Safety of #Women is ultimately that of the State, Culture, Society, Family and Self and in that order.

The unfortunate death of Shraddha is ultimately on the State & Society. This failure is ours.

This failure was at multiple levels.

At one level, perpetrators dont fear the State. They dont fear the Police. They fear the Society the least.

The State has taken the agency away from the Society and People. Has made intervention very difficult.

In addition, Modernity has pushed Nuclear-Family so much that families are cutoff from their communities and have to deal with their crisis all alone.

This has also made it others to less intervene or not even recognize others problems.

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Nov 8
Summary of my reflection on some recent controversies, outbursts, concerns, escalations.

The central concern is what is the Vedic Tradition, the bedrock of our Civilization? And how do we protect it.

Way forward is not clear. But reflections are very essential.

First, what are the Vedas? What is the Category to which it belongs? What is the Value it brings to our Civilization?

How do we protect it? Who must protect it? How must we indulge in it?

More than anything else, what do we do given where we are?

Are the Vedas a Text? - Yes, they definitely are. Are they only a Text? - Absolutely, No. That is where enormous difference begins.

Vedas can be studied as a Text. Much First Principles, Devata Tatva, Yagna Tatva, Karma - you will get a good peek into them through the Vedas.

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Nov 2
Was in #Ayodhya for 3 days last week. Will gradually collect myself for a detailed writeup.

Some quick material updates that will make people like me happy.

I begin by loudly proclaiming -

“Maharaj #YogiAdityanath -ji ki Jai”

1. The Road from Lucknow to Ayodhya is very good. Lakshman-ji indeed takes us to Sriram smoothly, in around 2.5 hours, without stress and strain.

Our driver scared us “Bearish ki vajah-se Rasta bahut bigaDh-gayaa hai”.

Exaggeration it was. Felt happy. Such high expectations.

2. Forget the road from Lucknow to Ayodhya, even the roads from Prayag and Kashi to Ayodhya are in good shape. Got a good peek into them.

The road from Lucknow was a smaller one which has expanded into a proper 2+2 lane road of good quality during Yogi-ji/Modi-ji.

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Nov 1

The Traditional Bharateeya Lens of #Purushartha is very powerful. Its a lens that comes out of our ‘purpose’ of life and from ‘real experiences’.

It is not merely ideological. It elevates into Ontology and Epistemology.

Hence, powerful.

At the outset, this looks natural - so what is so great about it?

- That it looks natural is one part of its greatness.

- The other part is - Tradition explored the balance between these 4 elements in enormous detail, complexity & nuance.

Mahabharata stands testimony to it.

In #Kantara

The State appreciates Artha & Kama only.
- Highly places its own Artha
- Not aware of its own Kama
- Places Artha-Kama of the Society as subservient to its own
- Does not recognize Moksha (Daiva)
- Appreciates Dharma only as Law & Order

Purushartha imbalance.

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Nov 1
ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಕನ್ನಡ ರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಹಾರ್ದಿಕ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು.

ಭಾರತವರ್ಷದ ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಂದು ಪ್ರದೇಶವೂ ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟವೇ ಸರಿ. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಯಾವ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅನನ್ಯವಾಗಿದೆ?

ಒಂದಿಷ್ಟು ಮುಖ್ಯಾಂಶಗಳು.

#KarnatakaRajyotsava #KannadaRajyotsava
1. ಬಲವಾದ ಪ್ರಾದೇಶಿಕ ಅಸ್ಮಿತೆಯನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿದ್ದರೂ, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಎಂದಿಗೂ ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕತಾವಾದಿ, ಸಂಕುಚಿತ ಚಳುವಳಿಗೆ ಅವಕಾಶ ನೀಡಿಲ್ಲ.

ನಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿ ಅಂಥವರು ಇಲ್ಲವೆಂದೇನಿಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೆ ಅವರು ಮುಂಚೂಣಿಗೆ ಬಾರದಿರುವಂತೆ ನೋಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

2. ಬಹಳ ಹಿಂದಿನಿಂದಲೂ, ಶತಮಾನಗಳಷ್ಟು, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕಕ್ಕೆ ಜನರು ವಲಸೆ ಬರುವ ಇತಿಹಾಸವಿದೆ.

ಆದರೆ ಮತ್ತೊಬ್ಬರ ಅಸ್ಮಿತೆಯನ್ನು ಅಳಿಸದೆ ಅವರನ್ನು ತನ್ನ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಯೋಜಿಸುವ ಮಾರ್ಗ - ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಕಂಡುಕೊಂಡಿದೆ.

ಅದರಲ್ಲೂ ಕನಿಷ್ಠ ಮಟ್ಟದ ಸಂಘರ್ಷದೊಂದಿಗೆ.

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Wishing all people of Karnataka a very happy #KannadaRajyothsava

ಕನ್ನಡ ರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಹಾರ್ದಿಕ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು

Every region of Bharatavarsha is unique. What makes Karnataka unique in its own way?

1. In spite of having a very strong regional identity, Karnataka has never given room for a separatist, chauvinist, parochial movement.

Not that we dont have our share of such people. But we have successfully managed to keep them in the margins.

2. Karnataka is easily the most migrated-into state for a very long time. It has a history that goes back centuries in time.

But it has figured out a way of assimilating everybody into its culture, without obliterating others identities.

All this with minimum conflict.

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