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Core pointed mentioned in refuting this myth is that Hinduism has "room both for textual authority and direct experience". Western social ethics was incorporated as seva and karma yoga Malhotra mentions that concepts of Seva and Karma Yoga have been part of ancient tradition.

There have been ascetics, even prior to arrival of Britishers who "have devoted their lives serving indras net rajiv malhotra public rather than withdrawing from society".

Hinduism had no prior self-definition, unity or coherence Indra's Net explores this myth in great detail. Malhotra mentions that the West views Hinduism from its own traditions having a "central authority" or "closed canon".

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Hinduism unlike Abrahamic religions has a unique " open architecture " that celebrates "decentralization". Malhotra mentions that this book establishes that "Indian coherence is not built on "Western notions of coherence and unity".

Hinduism is founded on oppression and sustained by it Malhotra mentions that the Neo-Hinduism thesis demonizes Hinduism and Sanskrit as "oppressive indras net rajiv malhotra fossilized, thus discarding centuries of cultural and philosophical developments".

Indra's Net: Defending Hinduism's Philosophical Unity

In Indra's net, Hinduism has been explained as an "Open Architecture" that helps in "absorbing multiple indras net rajiv malhotra, metaphysical points of view, and new scientific developments".

Hinduism presumes the sameness of all religions Last chapter in Indra's Net present book refutes this idea.

This chapter present a history of the neo-Hinduism thesis as it was developed and expressed by scholars and gained wider cultural attention. Malhotra highlights the importance of German scholar Paul Indras net rajiv malhotra who, according to Malhotra, was the first to develop the thesis of Neo-Hinduism in s.


According to Malhotra, Hacker "popularized the use of term Neo-Hinduism to refer to the modernization of Hinduism brought about by many Indian thinkers, the most prominent being Swami Vivekananda.

In this regard the books cites T.

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E Slater of London Missionary Society who mentions: Various details are supplied on these scholars' biographies, ideas, and sometimes methodologies. Malhotra states that the indras net rajiv malhotra of these "founders" then led to "echoes" [29] among Western humanistic scholars such as Heinrich von StietencronChristophe JaffrelotSheldon PollockRichard Kingand others.

From these circles, the "myth of neo-Hinduism" has been widely disseminated through media, popular culture, and government policy-making, and is "increasingly assumed by cosmopolitan Indians indras net rajiv malhotra imagine they are Chapter three begins by mentioning that during initial part of his career Hacker had developed "intense interest in Shankara and Advaita Vedanta ".


The chapter indicates that during an initial phase of his life, he used ideas of Hinduism in his personal explorations as a Christian. This is indras net rajiv malhotra by Hacker's heir and admirer, Wilhelm Halbfass. It is mentioned that there was a "tipping point" beyond which Hacker began to altogether dismiss modern Vedanta as exemplified by Vivekananda and Radhakrishnan.


The chapter further indicates following important points: Hacker "developed the thesis of invention of Hinduism in ten articles published between and ". In these articles, "acting on Hacker's wishes the editor of his collected works excluded Hackers's polemical Christian writing.

Rajiv Malhotra's Indra's Net: Seven big ideas and Hinduism's integral unity

The book mentions that no one suggested the term neo-Christianity for "the revisions that were undertaken in Christianity during the same period when Vivekananda was indras net rajiv malhotra and yet it seemingly is acceptable to use neo-Hinduism for any changes during the same period.

Mohanty and Wilhelm Halbfass on this issue. Importance of Direct Experience over traditional text-based doctrines: Hacker mentions VivekanandaDebendranath TagoreRadhakrishnan etc.

Hacker alleges that "Radhakrishnan inverts the indras net rajiv malhotra between Shruti and experience from the order found in Mimansa philosophy [37] i.

For Radhakrishnan experience ranks higher than Shruti.