Dr. Manohar Shinde, M.D, Ph.D, Los Angeles, California, USA. Chair person, Dharma Civilaisation Foundation (DCF) Retired from private medical practise Clinical faculty in general and child psychiatry at UCLA & USC [email protected] Ph: 001-818-470-2666. My Theme:
“Wisdom traditions of India”,
its relevance and challenges.
a) Lord Macaulay in 1840’s.
b) Attitude of political leadership of post-independent India towards its civilisational roots. (raising standard of living, at the neglect of nurturing civilisational ethos became the guiding policies).
shame, disdain & contempt towards our past.
It created a psychology of being cut off from our roots.
a) Economic Domain
b) Clash of civilisations domain.
c) Ecological domain.
a) Western approach: “what gives happiness?”
b) Eastern approach: “ what is the nature of happiness?”
a) seeing an all-pervasive divinity in the creation.
b) not to conquer or exploit but milking the nature.
c) can provide valuable spiritual & philosophical foundations to the contemporary green movement in the west.
a) Dharma perspective: “Ekam Sat, ViprahaBahudaVadanti” (pluralistic & inclusive attitude)
b) Abrahmic perspective:
In religious idiom: world divided between believers & non-believers.
In the secular idiom: insisting that democracy, free market economy & capitalism are to be the only suitable models for everybody.
a) American prayer: “god bless America”
b) Amma’s prayer: “Lokha samastha sukhino bavanthu” or praying for the well being of every body.