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Being Different

An Different Challenge to Western Universalism
Narrated by: Kanchan Bhattacharyya
Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Philosophy
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India is more than a nation state. It is also a unique civilization with philosophies and cosmologies that are markedly distinct from the dominant culture of our times - the West. 

India's spiritual traditions spring from dharma, which has no exact equivalent in Western frameworks. Unfortunately, in the rush to celebrate the growing popularity of India on the world stage, its civilizational matrix is being co-opted into Western universalism, thereby diluting its distinctiveness and potential. 

In Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism, thinker and philosopher Rajiv Malhotra addresses the challenge of a direct and honest engagement on differences by reversing the gaze, repositioning India from being the observed to the observer and looking at the West from the dharmic point of view. In doing so, he challenges many hitherto unexamined beliefs that both sides hold about themselves and each other. He highlights that while unique historical revelations are the basis for Western religions, dharma emphasizes self-realization in the body here and now. He also points out the integral unity that underpins dharma's metaphysics and contrasts this with Western thought and history as a synthetic unity. 

Erudite and engaging, Being Different critiques fashionable reductive translations and analyses the West's anxiety over difference and fixation for order which contrast the creative role of chaos in dharma. It concludes with a rebuttal of Western claims of universalism while recommending a multicultural worldview.

©2013 Rajiv Malhotra (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A very profound read!

I used audible to listen to it. I like the narration with logic, reasoning, sense of eastern view point with the narration style. Memorable points wold be how points are made: without fallacies, simple to understand and remember, clear and precisive. I like the author's use of "I" or an expression rather than the third person view that is so prevalent in many other. Very clear stand point, so one don't have to infer who is speaking. I dislike use of some heavy words, but that might be just me or subjective. PS: It is my experience and opinion, form your own please don't judge.

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brilliant...

This is a brilliant exposition, treatise and analysis of Hinduism Unot its teachings). Being such a heayy subject, I may have to read it once more to flly comprehed. Because the author has taken great pains to dig deep into the subject and give us the purest essence on what is hinduism, how different is itfromother religion, how open the architecture is aparat frombeing welcoming, and how this type of architecture eveloped, how pereptions helped inits formation, what is Sanatana Dharma, how Sanskrit was formed as sound and vibrtion, andh how it gives power to mantras and so on. Eceptional coverage. Please don;t give this a cursory reading.