India: The Ancient Tradition of Universal Tolerance (Paperback)
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Short Description for India In INDIA: A CIVILIZATION OF DIFFERENCES, Danielou explores this seldom-heard side of the caste debate and argues effectively in its favour.
- Published: 27 July 2005
- Format: Paperback 144 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781594770487 ISBN 10: 1594770484
- Sales rank: 884,390
Full description for India
In classical India social ethics are based on each individual's functional role in society. These ethics vary according to caste in order to maximize the individual's effectiveness in the social context. This is the definition of caste ethics. The Indian caste system is not a hierarchy with some who are privileged and others who are despised: it is a natural ordering an organizing principle of a society wherein differences are embraced rather than ignored. In the caste system it is up to the individual to achieve perfection in the state to which he or she is born since to a certain extent that state also forms part of a person's nature. All people must accomplish their individual spiritual destinies while as members of a social group ensuring the continuity of the group and collaborating in creating a favourable framework for all human life - thereby fulfilling the collective destiny of the group. The notion of transmigration provides an equalizing effect on this prescribed system in that today's prince may be reborn as a woodcutter and the Brahman as a shoemaker. In INDIA: A CIVILIZATION OF DIFFERENCES Danielou explores this seldom-heard side of the caste debate and argues effectively in its favour. This rare collection of the late author's writings contains several never-before-published articles and offers an in-depth look at the structure of Indian society before and after Western colonialism.