Hinduism and the Clash of Civilizations
The need for a new Indic School of Thought
By David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri)
Publication: American Institute of Vedic Studies
In Hinduism and the Clash of Civilizations, Vamadeva calls for the Indian culture he loves to reassert itself against the failed ideologies of the West: state socialism and global capitalism. He lambastes the official intelligentsia of post-independence India for eschewing their own culture and turning to Western, mechanistic dogmas, from Marxism to neo-liberalism. Whether they worship the State or the Market, such intellectuals dishonour their country's noblest traditions.? They are as craven as those American and British academics who place politically correct considerations before the pursuit of truth and intellectual freedom. In the best of Indian popular culture, however, Frawley finds an integrity, a latitudinarian tolerance and a connectedness to nature lacking in intellectual circles — and lacking in Western civilisation today.
This dynamic book addresses the relevance of Hindu Dharma and its Vedic arts and sciences in the context of the current global clash of civilizations and crisis born of the twin evils of religious fundamentalism and consumerism. It promotes the need for a new Indic School of Thought and for developing new Vedic Schools, not only in Ayurveda, Vedic astrology and Yoga but in the Vedic mantras and in Hindu Dharma itself.
The book provides not just a critique of current problems but charts a way forward towards a Vedic civilization for the entire world. Recommended reading for our Vedic teacher training programs.