|Readers who arrived here via a twitter link (or have a twitter account) and are eager to contribute are requested to tweet/RT or post comments in the group discussion, since there are a couple of calls for volunteers to assist and/or provide critical feedback.|
How you can assist:
1. Sanskrit text references for or against views expressed by Rajiv ji in Part-1. Read the summary (and the entire discussion in RMF) prior to jumping in.
2. Logistical help in Chicago. See Nov3 post below.
Part-1 of the week's summary can be found here.
November 3 (Rajiv Malhotra information post)
Panel discussion on BD at AAR, Chicago, November 16th
Nov 16th in Astoria Room, Hilton Chicago Hotel, my book BEING DIFFERENT
will be discussed by a panel of academic scholars. This event is part
of the annual conference of the American Academy of Religions. For
details, please visit: http://www.hcstudies.org/am.html
I hope to
see several of you and your friends in the audience. There will be
three speakers on this panel, after whom I shall give my response, and
then there will be Q&A from the audience. This is an important event
to bring my ideas into the mainstream academy through debate and
discussion. All three talks plus my response will then be published in a
journal in late 2013.
(This is totally separate from the
International Journal of Hindu Studies' special issue on BD that is
scheduled to come out at the end of 2012. This special issue will have 6
major articles on BD, by those supporting its ideas and by those
critical of them, along with my 40 page response. It is through such
interventions that my ideas can enter the discourse inside the academy
for serious new scholars to take up.)
Call for help: I need some local help in Chicago for this Nov 16 event. If
there are people on this list who wish to help me, it would be most
appreciated to contact me by email privately. I would like to chat by
phone/email about the details of the assistance. For instance, a sponsor
has kindly agreed to donate a free copy to each attendee at the event.
But since the donor is not based in Chicago, we
need a local Chicago person who can help with the logistics to accept
postal/UPS delivery of the books and help in the book's distribution at
the event. I can discuss further once we have someone lined up to help.
am now in India for a brief visit to deliver a major talk at the Hindu
Dharma Acharya Sabha bi-annual gathering of top leaders in Ahmedabad.
That is the most important body of Hindu leaders - most shankaracharyas
and many other prominent leaders of sampradayas will attend. Over 100
major Hindu groups are expected to be represented by their senior most
leader. They have given me an extensive time slot to present my work.
Its a rare honor to address such a gathering. The goal is to influence
the leaders' thinking so their respective organizations can take up
these ideas and spread them further in their own ways.
November 3 (continuing discussion)
Yoga in recent news
Related BBC link
"....From what I've read, the Ashtanga Yoga that was taught and propagated by Yogacharaya Shri K. Pattabhi Jois is an astoundingly medically beneficial technique. There seem to be countless miraculous stories of individuals who have
overcome massive injuries with Guruji's (and Ashtanga Yoga's) help.
However, questions naturally arise as to how Ashtanga Yoga, which was painstakingly realized/developed and passed down through generations, will continue in the future. Will the rigorous guru-shishya parampara continue, with devotion to and respect for Hindu/Dharmic sources?"
November 4 (continuing discussion from October 14)
"Rajiv ji but your blogs and talks (in u-tube) have been very very useful. I have
been able generate a lot of interest amongst my friend circle.
Surprisingly/sadly there is very little coverage in Indian media about your
books and your other work (correct me if I am wrong). But certainly lot of
people have started to take note of your videos of late."
Rajiv comment: The number of views for my youtube videos is very small
when you compare with popular thinkers on similar topics. Regarding
Indian media's lack of coverage - you are correct. One can understand
the posture of the media who are ideologically opposed. But the tragedy
is that even those who think along similar lines are more interested in
plagiarizing and turning it into their own works no matter how diluted
or poorly argued. Also, there is frenzy among the so-called hindu
activists to boost personal careers and status by using whatever ideas
they can quickly pick up and start throwing out as one-liners, even if
they dont really get it. All this causes dilution of support for the
heavy research and publishing work that remains mostly undone...
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