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A collection of Dani鬯u's writings that builds a bold and cogent defense of India's caste system

• Looks at the Hindu caste system not as racist inequality but as a natural ordering of diversity

• Reveals the stereotypes of Indian society invented to justify colonialism

• Includes never-before-published articles by the internationally recognized Hindu scholar and translator of The Complete Kama Sutra (200,000 copies sold)

In classical India social ethics are based on each individual's functional role in society. These ethics vary according to caste in order to maximize the individual's effectiveness in the social context. This is the definition of caste ethics.

The Indian caste system is not a hierarchy with some who are privileged and others who are despised; it is a natural ordering, an organizing principle, of a society wherein differences are embraced rather than ignored. In the caste system it is up to the individual to achieve perfection in the state to which he or she is born, since to a certain extent that state also forms part of a person's nature. All people must accomplish their individual spiritual destinies while, as members of a social group, ensuring the continuity of the group and collaborating in creating a favorable framework for all human life--thereby fulfilling the collective destiny of the group. The notion of transmigration provides an equalizing effect on this prescribed system in that today's prince may be reborn as a woodcutter and  the Brahman as a shoemaker.

In India: A Civilization of Differences, Dani鬯u explores this seldom-heard side of the caste debate and argues effectively in its favor. This rare collection of the late author's writings contains several never-before-published articles and offers an in-depth look at the structure of Indian society before and after Western colonialism.

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Looks at the Hindu caste system not as racist inequality but as a natural ordering of diversity.

Synopsis:

In India the caste system is a natural organizing principle wherein differences are embraced rather than ignored. Dani?lou explores this seldom-heard side of the caste debate, and argues effectively in its favor. This rare collection of the late author's writings contains previously unpublished articles and examines the structure of Indian society before and after Western colonialism.

Synopsis:

A collection of Daniélou's writings that builds a bold and cogent defense of India's caste system

• Looks at the Hindu caste system not as racist inequality but as a natural ordering of diversity

• Reveals the stereotypes of Indian society invented to justify colonialism

• Includes never-before-published articles by the internationally recognized Hindu scholar and translator of The Complete Kama Sutra (200,000 copies sold)

In classical India social ethics are based on each individual's functional role in society. These ethics vary according to caste in order to maximize the individual's effectiveness in the social context. This is the definition of caste ethics.

The Indian caste system is not a hierarchy with some who are privileged and others who are despised; it is a natural ordering, an organizing principle, of a society wherein differences are embraced rather than ignored. In the caste system it is up to the individual to achieve perfection in the state to which he or she is born, since to a certain extent that state also forms part of a person's nature. All people must accomplish their individual spiritual destinies while, as members of a social group, ensuring the continuity of the group and collaborating in creating a favorable framework for all human life--thereby fulfilling the collective destiny of the group. The notion of transmigration provides an equalizing effect on this prescribed system in that today's prince may be reborn as a woodcutter and the Brahman as a shoemaker.

In India: A Civilization of Differences, Daniélou explores this seldom-heard side of the caste debate and argues effectively in its favor. This rare collection of the late author's writings contains several never-before-published articles and offers an in-depth look at the structure of Indian society before and after Western colonialism.

About the Author

Alain Daniélou (1907-1994) spent twenty years in India studying music and philosophy with eminent scholars of the Hindu traditions. He is the translator and author of more than thirty books on the religion, history, and arts of India and the Mediterranean, including The Complete Kama Sutra, The Myths and Gods of India, and A Brief History of India.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Caste and Freedom for Alain Daniélou

by Jacques E. Cloarec

Preface: Sacred Order and Human Society

by Jean-Louis Gabin

The Caste Institution

 

Hinduism and Human Behavior

The Hindu Caste System

Racism and Castes

The Hindu Woman and the Goddess

The Ahir Caste at Benares

On the Work of Abbé Dubois: Customs,

   Institutions, and Ceremonies of the

      Peoples of India

Evolution and Freedom

The Dictatorship of the Pen-Pushers, or

   Alpha-Bêtise-Me

The Castes in Modern India

The West and the Merchant Caste

Remarks on Cultural Colonization

Cultural Genocide in Africa

Relations Between the Dravidian and

   African Negro Cultures

Rights and Duties

Notes

Origin of the Texts

Other Works by Alain Daniélou Dealing with

   the Caste Institution

General Bibliography Provided by Alain

   Daniélou

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594770487
Author:
Danielou, Alain
Publisher:
Inner Traditions International
Author:
Daniilou, Alain
Author:
Danilou, Alain
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Social ethics
Subject:
New Thought
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
India
Subject:
India Civilization.
Subject:
Caste -- India.
Subject:
Featured Titles-History and Social Science
Subject:
DANIELOU;HISTORY;SCIENCE;SOCIAL SCIENCES
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20050731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 9.905 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Looks at the Hindu caste system not as racist inequality but as a natural ordering of diversity.
"Synopsis" by , In India the caste system is a natural organizing principle wherein differences are embraced rather than ignored. Dani?lou explores this seldom-heard side of the caste debate, and argues effectively in its favor. This rare collection of the late author's writings contains previously unpublished articles and examines the structure of Indian society before and after Western colonialism.
"Synopsis" by , A collection of Daniélou's writings that builds a bold and cogent defense of India's caste system

• Looks at the Hindu caste system not as racist inequality but as a natural ordering of diversity

• Reveals the stereotypes of Indian society invented to justify colonialism

• Includes never-before-published articles by the internationally recognized Hindu scholar and translator of The Complete Kama Sutra (200,000 copies sold)

In classical India social ethics are based on each individual's functional role in society. These ethics vary according to caste in order to maximize the individual's effectiveness in the social context. This is the definition of caste ethics.

The Indian caste system is not a hierarchy with some who are privileged and others who are despised; it is a natural ordering, an organizing principle, of a society wherein differences are embraced rather than ignored. In the caste system it is up to the individual to achieve perfection in the state to which he or she is born, since to a certain extent that state also forms part of a person's nature. All people must accomplish their individual spiritual destinies while, as members of a social group, ensuring the continuity of the group and collaborating in creating a favorable framework for all human life--thereby fulfilling the collective destiny of the group. The notion of transmigration provides an equalizing effect on this prescribed system in that today's prince may be reborn as a woodcutter and the Brahman as a shoemaker.

In India: A Civilization of Differences, Daniélou explores this seldom-heard side of the caste debate and argues effectively in its favor. This rare collection of the late author's writings contains several never-before-published articles and offers an in-depth look at the structure of Indian society before and after Western colonialism.

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