The Samprajña Institute is honored to announce that Dr. Yvette Claire Rosser has assumed the role of chief editor for the Institute’s Dialectical Spiritualism book project, which will present a critique of Marxism from the point of view of the Vedic tradition. The book's critiques will cover four areas: Pre-Marxist philosophy, Classical Marxism, 20th century Marxism, and Maoism. The book will also offer a fifth section that that presents practical alternatives to Marxism.
DATE: 9 August 2010
ALBUQUERQUE: Spoken Sanskrit seminar open to the public will be held at the Hindu Temple Society of New Mexico at the corner of Utah and Zuni (South East) from August 9, 2010, to August 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The seminars are free for all the participants. Donations are encouraged.
Basu Ghosh Das, born in Chicago in 1955, is a traditional scholar from India and has conducted spoken Sanskrit seminars in India, Russia, and the United States.
Namaskara and Jaya Shri Krishna,
"The Future of Christian-Hindu Conflict: The Theology of Conversion" is a just-published working paper posted at http://samprajna.org/sites/default/files/christian-hindu-conflict.pdf There are three other parts are to follow. The abstract is printed below.
Yours faithfully, Krishna Kirti Das
ABSTRACT - The Future of Christian-Hindu Conflict
The Samprajña Institute has just published a review of the book Invading the Sacred, which documents a decade-long controversy surrounding the misrepresentation of Hinduism by scholars connected with the American Academy of Religions (AAR) and its branch known as Religions in South Asia (RISA). The Samprajña Institute review, titled “Understanding and Misunderstanding Hindu Tradition,” explains why this book signals a new intellectual movement within Hinduism and some of the challenges this new movement will likely face.
- Invading the Sacred is important because it signals a new intellectual movement that is effectively creating a new Hindu self-identity. “Expatriate Hindus are a minority in their host countries,” says Samprajña Institute President, Krishna Kirti Das, “so they cannot afford to ignore the negative things said about them in the halls of higher education. Furthermore, because they are trying to preserve their identities as Hindus outside of India, doing so necessarily implies understanding what it means to be ‘Hindu’ separate from Indian nationalism and politics. Our review explores the implications of this new search for self-identity. If this new intellectual movement carries over to India, it could eventually change Indian politics and culture in significant ways.”
- The book, Invading the Sacred (editors: Krishnan Ramaswamy, Antonio de Nicolas, and Aditi Banerjee; published by Rupa & Co, India; 545 pages), describes how a number of American scholars have portrayed Hinduism in a plainly derogatory way, a way that few practicing Hindus could ever have imagined possible. Examples as found in the book describe how American scholars have
- Called the Bhagavad Gita “a dishonest book,”
- Declared Ganesa’s trunk as a “limp phallus,”
- Described Devi as the “mother with a penis,”
- Portrayed Shiva as “a notorious womanizer” who incites violence in India.
- The book further documents how the Hindu community in America responded to these negative characterizations as well as how American academics and the media reacted to the American Hindu community’s dissent.
The Samprajña Institute’s “A Review of Invading the Sacred: Understanding and Misunderstanding Hindu Tradition” is available free of charge to the public in both English and Hindi at http://publications.samprajna.org
With his controversial movie “The Love Guru,” Anglo commedian Mike Myers provoked an international protest from the Hindu community. However, some of the negative stereotypes of Hindus portrayed in “The Love Guru” are often unintentionally repeated in television, radio, and the press by journalists, who often times know little about Hindus and their community. In order to correct unintentional media bias against Hindus, the Samprajña Institute is preparing to launch the Hindu Media Relations Project, which aims to achieve the following objectives: