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Indian Culture (Its Timeless Appeal and Ageless Charm)

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Item Code: NAG173
Author: Swami Atmashraddhananda
Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Math
Language: English
Edition: 2013
ISBN: 9788178836584
Pages: 383 (Throughout Color Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
weight of the book: 530 gms
Back of The Book

Indian culture is one of the most ancient and diverse cultures in the world. What is more, it is a living culture, not tucked away in museums and dusty volumes but a living force in the daily and social lives of millions of Indians, in India and abroad.

India is one of the most religiously diverse nations in the world. Continuity, diversity and vitality of Indian culture have astonished the scholars and commoners alike. Despite these ennobling truths, it is also a fact that much needs to be done to preserve and cultivate Indian culture especially amongst youth. Dwelling on various aspects of our cultural heritage and the grand philosophy, this volume tries to bring together the scholarly and everyday approach to Indian culture. This aims at promoting understanding of Indian culture in a simple and easy-to-read style,

Yet retaining the seriousness and profoundity of the subject.

 

Publisher’s Note

As old as hills, Indian culture is one of the most ancient and diverse cultures in the world. What is more, it is a living culture, not tucked away in museums and dusty volumes but a living force in the daily and social lives of millions of Indians, in India and abroad.

India is one of the most religiously diverse nations in the world. It is the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism-also known as Dharmic religions. Swami Vivekananda repeatedly emphasized that religion is the vitality and core of Indian culture. No wonder, religion and culture are synonymous in the Indian context. Continuity, diversity and vitality of Indian culture have astonished the scholars and commoners alike. Despite all economic and political challenges it faces, the Indian culture continues to thrive, with newer forms of cultural and religious practices appearing now and then. With Hinduism as its axis, the Indian culture is known for its capacity to assimilate and absorb various cultural practices and also influence them in a significant and lasting manner.

Despite these ennobling truths, it is also a fact that much needs to be done to preserve and cultivate Indian cultural values and practices, especially amongst youth. Being lured into a materialist and gross way of living and thinking, youth need to be made aware of their cultural heritage and the grand philosophy behind it. Keeping this in mind, The Vedanta Kesari, the hundred year old English monthly brought out from this Math, published a special number on Indian culture in December 2012. The issue was widely well received and appreciated by common readers and scholars alike. We are happy to present the same issue in the present form, with minor additions and amendments.

This volume is an attempt to put together many aspects of Indian culture. The fundamental ideas and ideals of Indian culture such as Upanishads, Yoga, meditation, and so on have been expounded. Besides, there are articles on the influence of Indian culture on economics, architecture, the tradition of dining and so on. There are snippets of Indian culture presented through short write ups under the column, Imprints of a Living Culture. Prepared at the Vedanta Kesari office with generous inputs from Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopaedia, they are aimed at the young and time-starved readers who wish to get a bird’s eye-view of the Indian cultural traditions.

We send out this volume with the prayer and hope that the spirit of generosity, refinement and spirituality, which form the basis of Indian culture, will inspire all those who would read this volume-especially the youth.

We are glad to dedicate this volume to Swami Vivekananda on his 150th birth Anniversary that is being celebrated across the world. May Swami Vivekananda, the embodiment of Indian culture, inspire us to understand India’s timeless culture and help us to hold on to its eternal values for eternity!

 

Contents

 

  Publisher's Note III
1 India's Timeless Culture 1
2 Dharma, the Basis of Indian Culture 14
3 The Wonders of Indian Culture 18
4 The Meaning of Samskriti or Culture 36
5 Swami Vivekananda-the True Ambassador of Indian Culture 42
6 The Need for Culture 50
7 Is Indian Culture Spiritual? 56
8 Sri Ramakrishna-the Embodiment of India's Eternal Culture 64
9 Indian Women-The Custodians of India's Ageless Culture 75
10 Holy Mother: An Epitome of Indian Culture 84
11 Rangoli -Ushering in Auspiciousness 91
12 New India and Old India 93
13 Darshan-the Indian Idea of 'Sacred Seeing' 97
14 The Spiritual Basis of Indian Culture 99
15 Namaste-the Indian Way of Greeting 110
16 Indian Cultural Values for the Youth 112
17 Atithi Devo Bhava-the Indian Way of Welcoming Guests 123
18 Indian Culture and Indian Youth 125
19 Lighting the Lamp 136
20 Swami Vivekananda: The Bridge between Ancient and Modern Indian Culture 138
21 The Indian Tradition of Sacred Body Marks 142
22 What Indian Youth Need to Know About Indian Culture 144
23 Bhajan-the Tradition of Devotional Singing 153
24 The Sound of Yoga Demystifying the Basics of Yoga 155
25 Aarti-th Act of Waving of Lights 167
26 Yoga-Vedanta Tradition of Meditation 169
27 Chanting of Mantras-Invoking the Presence of Divine 180
28 Sat Chit Ananda-The Philosophy of the Upanishads 182
29 Prasada-the Sanctified Food 191
30 Bhakti in Indian Culture 193
31 Sanskrit-the Language of Indian Culture 208
32 Indian Ideals and Western Perspectives 210
33 Indian Languages-the Cradle of Indian Culture 217
34 Origin of the Vedic Culture 219
35 Indian Classical Music 227
36 Uniqueness of Indian Culture 229
37 Classical Indian Dance 237
38 What Man Wants: An Elucidation of Indian Culture in Light of Four Purusharthas 241
39 India's Folk Dance and Music 249
40 Connecting the Dots: A Syncretic View of the Caste System 252
41 India's Traditional Clothing 261
42 Why Be Proud of Being an Indian?- Twelve Major Achievements of Indian Civilization 264
43 The Tradition of Indian Culinary 275
44 India's Culture, Society and Economy Its Past, Present and Future 278
45 A Peep into Indian Dining 295
46 Indian Culture: Beyond Curry, Caste and Cow 297
47 Shilpa Shastra: The Ancient Indian Approach to Architecture 305
48 Management Ideals and Indian Culture 307
49 Aryabhata, the Great Indian Mathematician 315
50 Indian Cultural Values and Economic Development 317
51 Dara Shikoh: The Mughal Prince Who Translated the Upanishads into Persian 327
52 Do not Disrespect Food' The Indian Tradition of Respecting and Celebrating Food 329
53 Ayurveda-'the Science of Life' 338
54 Core Aspects of Indian Culture 340
55 The World Heritage Sites in India 346
56 What They Say About Indian Culture 362
  Sources and Contributors 367

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