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Vision >> Tryst

RETURN TO AN ANCIENT AND GLORIOUS TRYST


What the book is about

Proposed here is a new term SPILOSOPHY; it arises from a combination of spirituality and philosophy… the difference of this term from philosophy is that philosophy is considered to be objective, like science… Even when it deals with terms like the ‘Supreme Self’ and ‘God’ it considers that knowledge in third person terms… I am studying about something ('Supreme Self’ or ‘God); even the study of the self in philosophy is considered in a ‘supposed-to-be’ terms.

SPILOSOPHY on the other hand is an offshoot of Spirituality where the experience takes predominance. That is, when studying SPILOSOPHY, the student undergoes transformation of self-experience and gains spiritual elevation in the process. It relates to the 'knowledge' dimension of spirituality and is the same as ‘Gyan Yoga’ in Sanskrit. In Philosophy you begin to think and act different because of change in knowledge and information, in Spilosophy you begin to think and act different because of that and also a change in the feeling of self-experience.

Because of its direct application into the life of the student—and to life in society—Spilosophy is a specialist subject which can directly impact the fortunes of a nation. This is a sphere where art, philosophy and spirituality meet. Even William Shakespeare was a Spilosopher because his writings could transform the self-experience of those who read his works. So are the many philosopher-saints of the world.

The likes of Veda Vyasa and Vashista were masters in this and so are many luminaries of ancient India. Their sayings have the capability of infusing wisdom into people and transforming their life-experience, leading to peace, contentment, excellence and joy… This book brings to light the relevance of these Spilosophers in today’s world. The treasures which these masters have left behind are truly underused by contemproary thinkers and planners... but its presence in the nation's rich traditions is cause of one of India's greatest strength--human resources... 

The way we think about Hinduism, about casteism, communalism has much to do with political developments of the past few centuries. Not that there were no faults in the indigenous system, but to measure the usefulness (or not) of a fine idea on the basis of its ‘misapplication’ does not reflect a sincere pursuit of truth.

India nurtures a great treasure in its ancient learning, aspects of which were inducted into the living culture of the land. Much maligned, these need a re-look. From another perspective the understanding of what that treasure was, understanding how it was lost upon us, how it was actually meant to be looked upon, understanding what lessons it has for us today, offers great hope for India and the world…

As Indians it is important to inherit the great heritage that comes from the sages. This book throws light on what that heritage is. It explains how the heritage gives Indians a remarkable perspective to look the challenges facing individuals and society; and how there are other useful ways to act to resolve them...

 
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Index

       
Foreword by Mr. TN Seshan (excerpts)
Excerpts: the summary chapter