Redeeming features of Indian Civilization – Holism
The Whole, Samashti, is given top priority than the parts and the Indian
approach is holistic, whether it be in the field of Medicine or in Science
We are puny parts of the Great Whole, the
Absolute, the Poornam. Everything contains an inward determination of the
parts by the function & purpose of the Whole. Holistic Philosophy, Yoga
& Holistic Medicine, Ayurveda, dominate India.
The Reality of Two Fulnesses
The Whole, the Absolute, the Macrocosm is
that which exists in se. It is the Fulness of Fulness, poornam idam, Absolute
Being, and its manifestation is the Fulness of Emptiness, Relative Being,
Maya. Poornamada. India instructs man to consecrate to the Absolute, the
When the infinite totality of emptiness is
subtracted from the infinite totality of fullness, what remains is the
infinite totality of fullness ( as Infinity – Infinity = Infinity in Maths
), poornasya poornamadaya poornamevava sishyate.
Holism instructs man to identify with the
Whole, the Macrocosm and free ourselves from the shackles of the Ego.
The Absolute, the Perfect, the Whole
Our mask of imperfection has assumed
Has made this tenement of flesh His own
He, in His human measure has cast
To His Divine Level we might rise !
Another Defining Feature - Liberalism
You can follow any System of Philosophy.
There are many systems and you can follow any. Monism, Advaita, Qualified
Monism, Vishishtadvaita, Dualism Dvaita, Agnosticism, Ajneyavada, Atheism, Nir
Eeswara vada et al. There is none to excommunicate you.
You can follow any Deity
There are many Deities and you can follow any. Ekam Sat, Only the One Exists,
the Pure Existent and Sages call it by many names, vipra bahuda vadanti. So
there is no compulsion on you to follow any single Redeemer.
You can follow any Guru
There are many Gurus and you can follow any. A bona fide Guru can take you to
Self Actualisation. Out of the Four, Mother, Father, Guru & the Lord, Guru
is the greatest, Tasmat Sastrasya Siddhanto Brahma daye Guru para. If the Lord
gets angry, the Guru will save you, but if the Guru gets angry, who will save
you ? ( Sivau rushte Gurur sratha Gurau rushte na Sankara ).
You can bring in your own theories
There are many theories and you can follow any.
You can innovate and modify theories. You
can repostulate modified theories. You can redefine concepts.
Aurobindo’s Mind – Overmind –Supermind Axis was based on the Upanishadic
Equation “ Energism of Consciousness is Brahman “, Prajnanam Brahma. So
was Mahesh Yogi’s postulation of the Science of Creative Intelligence and
the Transcendental Meditation technique.