Hindu View of the World: A beginning

Our idea was to present a series of articles on the Hindu view of the world.

Dear Readers,

Thanks for your wonderful response to our introductory series on Hinduism.

For nearly six months, we have been incubating this idea and we’re thrilled that it’s finally seeing the light of day. Our idea was to present a series of articles on the Hindu view of the world. We wanted to discuss several current issues (lifestyle, society, religion, rituals, etc.) in the light of the traditional wisdom of India.

However, we felt that before getting into the various issues in detail, we should lay a solid foundation of the fundamental concepts of Hinduism, the foundational texts, as well as important terms that we would be invoking frequently. A good understanding of these basics will give us the requisite tools to understand the Hindu view better. Further, whenever we come across a particularly knotty problem, we can look back at these building blocks in order to find a resolution.

As we discuss various issues – be it vegetarianism or homosexuality or inter-caste marriage or freedom of speech – we will draw freely from the several foundational texts in the Hindu tradition as well as medieval literature to showcase what one might call the Hindu view. We will also provide detailed references for those who wish to go deeper into the study of our ancient culture and heritage.

We hope you will enjoy reading these articles. We request you to actively engage with the content and share your thoughts. If you would like us to discuss a certain issue, please feel to write to us at [email protected].

With warm regards,

ŚatāvadhāniDr. R Ganesh

Hari Ravikumar

Dr. Ganesh is a Shatavadhani, a multi-faceted scholar, linguist, and poet and polyglot and author of numerous books on philosophy, Hinduism, art, music, dance, and culture.