I have lived outside India now for 36 years and have had the opportunity to observe the behavior of people from varied walks of life as well as from several countries and cultures. Cases of inhuman behavior by Humans are exhibited everywhere, here in the USA too, from time to time. Often a gang of white Supremacists will beat a non-white even causing death. The police are not always effective; in fact they themselves are at times part of the problem. On occasion the other side reaches its limit and takes revenge. When we have the opportunity to live in more than one country, certain ways of our Human Species become more disturbing as one no more has the luxury of blaming a particular group, though some cultures seem to be more prone to quick and cruel reactions than others. Often, encouraged by wrong interpretations of religion by unscrupulous leaders!
Śabda—words can be a means of either direct or indirect knowledge (Swami Dayananda, Introduction toVedanta).
We have a means of knowledge for objects other than ourselves through perceptual data and perception-based inference. But what is the means for knowing the knower? It is not possible to objectify oneself as I am the subject. The subject “I” cannot be the object “I”; simply because anything that can be objectified is no longer the subject. So the human dilemma of self-ignorance. So the means of knowledge to rid ourselves of this ignorance has to be something other than sense based perception and inference. Śabda—words can be a means of either direct or indirect knowledge (Swami Dayananda, Introduction to Vedanta). If the object is beyond one’s perception or experience, then words will bring indirect knowledge. All indirect knowledge needs to be confirmed upon direct knowledge.
“The real connecting link though can be understood only when we turn to the teaching not for a result but for its own sake”
The Western view has relied heavily on organized religion and failing that, on science to explain the mystery of life. Organized religion, where proselytizing is a great thrust, has given us more and more violence and has created great divisions between people. We find that one ends up supporting the organization and its infrastructure rather than gaining any spirituality. Acceptance rather than tolerance, spirituality rather than religiousness, is what we really seek in a more and more Globalized planet. Science has a possibility to connect us to the absolute truth as can be seen in the study of quantum physics (as opposed to classical) and related discoveries that are bringing us close to understanding the point where the subject/object distinction seems to become nonexistent. “The real connecting link though can be understood only when we turn to the teaching not for a result but for its own sake” (Isherwood, C., Vedanta for the Western World, p. 214).
“Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may claim over all previous centuries. In the whole world, there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life – it will be the solace of my death.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, a skeptical and delightful writer of the French Renaissance, inventor of the modern essay. The philosophers no longer number him among their tribe, and no wonder: he’s too clear, too pleasant, and above all, too sensible. [CRS. Exception: Stephen Toulmin…] My paper may also fall into this category, because I do not think Vedanta needs to be dry and the concepts therein hidden behind long incomprehensible words.
मैं तो केवल "देवनागरी" जैसे नाम के कारण भी यथास्थिति बनाए रखना चाहूंगी!
मुझे अचरज होता है कि कुछ लोग इसे बदलना क्यों चाहते हैं; वे ऐसी लिपि क्यों अपनाना चाहते हैं, जिसका अपना कोई नाम तक नहीं है और जिसे लैटिन/रोमन की मदद लेनी पड़ती है?
पिछले कुछ समय से हमने हिंदी को लैटिन लिपि में लिखने का चलन देखा है। इसका उपयोग फिल्मों के नामों के लिए किया जाता है, इंटरनेट पर किया जाता है, हिंदी जानने वाले कुछ लोग ईमेल भेजने या एसएमएस भेजने के लिए भी करते हैं। कुछ प्रसिद्ध व्यक्तियों ने सुझाव दिया है कि हमारी राष्ट्र-भाषा हिंदी के लिए इसी लिपि को अपना लिया जाए। मैं पूरी तरह इस विचार के खिलाफ हूँ। इस लेख में, मैं कुछ कारण प्रस्तुत करना चाहती हूँ कि क्यों हमें एक लंबे समय से उपयोग की जा रही वर्तमान देवनागरी लिपि के अलावा किसी अन्य लिपि को अपनाने के बारे में कभी सोचना भी नहीं चाहिए!
मैं एक भारतीय-अमेरिकी हिन्दू हूँ और लगभग पचास वर्षों से अमेरिका में रह रही हूँ।