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Ramanujan A.K. Is there an Indian way of thinking (Contrib. Indian Soc.23, 1989)(T)(21s)_M_.djvu
Date Jan 7, 2004
Like the Nala story in the Mahabharata, what is contained mirrors the
container; the microcosm is both within and like the macrocosm, and
paradoxically also contains it...
It is not surprising that systems of Indian philosophy, Hindu, Buddhist,
confine themselves to the consideration of class-essences (jati) called
genera and species in Western philosophy...
So rasa in aesthetics,
moksa in the 'aims of life', sannydsa in the life-stages, sphota in semantics,
and bhakti in religion define themselves against a background of inexorable
Neither the unique, nor the universal, the two, often contradictory,
concerns of western philosophy, art and polity, are the central concern of
the Indian arts and sciences—except in the counter-cultures and modern
attempts, which quickly get enlisted and remolded (witness the fate of
bhakti movements) by the prevailing context-sensitive patterns...
My purpose here is not to evaluate but to grope toward a description of
the two kinds of emphases...
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