RMF Summary: Week of October 10-17, 2012

We list the various topics that we discussed the last seven days. In future, we will try to focus on a few discussions and distill the moderators and readers comments. My office work is on emergency mode, so apologies. Again, register for free and contribute as well as enjoy the discussions at RMF.

Oct 10: A Blog's interest in Chicago Videos
The chicago talk of Rajiv Malhotra can be found here and the blog link here.

Oct 11: Religious conversions - a problem I see
I have been part of this group for some time, but this is my first post. I would request you all to comment on a practical problem that I am seeing.
  1. As all of you have noted, Religious conversions are taking place at an alarming rate in India, specially in Andhra Pradesh. I have been interacting with some NGOs who have given me statistics of conversion which are pretty alarming (I am not quoting them here, since I have not verified those numbers).
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Oct 12: Credibility crisis among Indian Christian leaders?
Even if below observation is right, I do believe in 20 years time Christian leadership will be seen in major sections of society. At present they are ...
Related article link is here.

Oct 12:  regarding Chicago video
In the Q&A session video in Chicago, Rajiv, you said, that gurus should do thorough purv paksha of Christianity which would need a 4 years course. I would consider it a waste of time for those Hindu gurus if they delved deeply into the belief system of Christianity, as the basic and major faults of Christianity are easily to grasp, yet...

Here's the link to the video.

Oct 13: Intense Q&A at two major Chicago temples
(see previous Oct 12 post for link to Q&A video)
Question: Does Christianity make people more individualistic than Hinduism?  Are Westerners more individualistic than Indians because of their religion?

Response: It is a common belief that Westerners are more individualistic and Indians are stuck in their caste or jati and they are stuck in a hierarchyand are not able to think for themselves.  This belief is one of the stereotypes that European Indologists built about us.  I argue against this stereotype by offering many counter-examples.... [4 comments so far]

Oct 13:  Re: Christian mysticism (was Science and Sanskrit tradition:..)
In light of the dark Christian mystical experiences catalogued by Surya below, does anyone know of any publications which have investigated differences between...
This is a very interesting thread that is a continuation of an original thread that started off as a debate between a western scholar planning to write a paper relating to Hinduism and India and Rajiv's response to his questions, followed by some very nuanced responses from several readers. This thread deserves a lot more space and we will discuss the original thread and the followup in depth in our next post.

Oct 16:  A Neuropsychiatric Approach to Deconstructing Western Civilization
Dear all, I came across a book by the British psychiatrist Dr. Iain McGilchrist, entitled "The Master And His Emissary," which puts forward a very interesting...

Oct 17:  Christian conversion efforts in Bangalore.
So I was walking down a very busy road in the South of Bangalore and got this flyer handed out to me. It was about how jesus could solve all my problems in.. [4 comments so far]

Oct 17:  Western confidence and Indian youths
In one of the chapter of BD, Rajiv explains that Indians youths today have been mostly westernized and the confidence they possess is western(or american) and... [10 comments]

Oct 17:  Foreign invaders were unimpressed by Hindustan
Rajiv, Sir, I have difficulty following your notion of "digestion". What is being digested and where is the rational debating framework? As you know,...[12 comments]
A person named Eddie quotes specimen like Babur, Macaulay, Amartya Sen in this polemic that has been rehashed so many times. Should readers rush to counter these claims or point him to volumes of information that have completed bypassed Eddie

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