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This is an exceptional book. As I went through each and every chapter slowly and steadily, I have understood what the exact intention of the "West" as pointed out by Rajiv Malhotra. Having read the other book "Breaking India" and understood about the "atrocity literature" prepared by the west to "Break" India, this book has went a step ahead and clearly explained the logic and analysis of "Being Different" juxtaposed with the western counterpart.

It is the lack of knowledge among the new generat This is an exceptional book. It is the lack of knowledge among the new generation Indians about their culture and traditions and scriptures is what making our country lack in philosophical studies and religious doctrines. Rajiv Malhotra clearly explained and warned the Indians and coming generation of Indians about the grave danger that our country is heading to. It is a must read book for every Indians. Though it is slightly difficult to understand each chapter in one go, but certainly it succeeds in passing the message it was intended to carry.

And, one can proudly say that after reading this book, YES, "Being Different" is not a tolerant characteristic, rather, it is just way how it should be. Jun 09, Arjun Pradhan rated it it was amazing. May 12, Akhil rated it it was amazing. Christianity and islam tolerates other religion they don't respect other religions because respecting other religion implies it is legitimate for them.

For them thier religion is the only true religion. The harsh condition of the desert has shaped the Abrahamic faiths. The Christian and Islamic Ethos Is built on this sense of scarcity and fear. Nature is not supportive but profoundly threatening — an enemy to be tamed, civilized and controlled. To overcome these circumstances, the desert dweller Christianity and islam tolerates other religion they don't respect other religions because respecting other religion implies it is legitimate for them.

To overcome these circumstances, the desert dweller looks for relief from a God above. Desert people crave greenery so much that it is their sacred color as in Islam. The West sees chaos as a profound threat that needs to be eradicated either by destruction or by complete assimilation.

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We must create unity not uniformity. These Religions are always used as another mode of conquest. They have deemed superiority. They are taught by the church that they have the divine right to educate the infidel so all their actions were beyond reproach and sanctioned by the religions authorities.

To go out and change indigenous civilizations to bring the light of wisdom to them. That's the reason why none of the Abrahamic religions has ever integrated with another. Their jealous dictator God demands unconditional obedience through His firebrand prophets and threatens to unleash His wrath or eternal damnation in hell if His strict rules of worship and conduct are not obeyed. In anglo-saxon nations no of people attending the church ceremonies has dropped by almost half.

To bring them back Christians denigrate the principles of another cultures to look nicer and better from selling point. They usually criticize cast system in india and jihad in islam and do negative branding of these religions. The one thing standing between a pagan and their acceptance of Christ was a social structure and the manner in which communities had good relations with each other. The whole reason behind the Syrian war is a dangerous Christian belief. Christians believe in the God's promise of the Holy Land to the Jews. Holy Land, is the real estate on both sides of the Jordan River which include present area of Syria and Lebanon.

So the expansion of Israel is really important for the Christians. It is written in the book of revelations notes that Christ will return to earth at the end time and then proceeding millennium will be ruled by the Christ. The sign of the end time was the gathering of all Jews in exile to the holy land of Israel in Aug 07, Siddhartha rated it it was amazing Shelves: not-so-light-reading , anthropology , owned , history.

Are all religions equal? It seems fashionable these days to so proclaim, but more or less, the folks that thus proposition, do so as a final word in an argument, i am looking at you liberals.


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No seriously. How many that say all religions are equal have actually studied the theology of even one religion? Let alone social and political aspects of religions? This book asks the question and goes on to answer it. Slowly, in a detailed manner. It goes into origins, evolution and current status of th Are all religions equal? It goes into origins, evolution and current status of the 4 major religions in the world now. There are some dense philosophical discussions, but well worth the time and effort that goes into reading them. Once we lose the root meaning of a word, it becomes a target for digestion or benevolent assimilation, like how Guru is now used in all sorts of pop culture references while in its original Sanskrit, it is a profound word that bestows a very high status on the one who is called that.

This book lays the foundation for the Purva Paksha that later produced 'The Battle for Sanskrit', by the same author. All in all a very good read. Dec 18, Me rated it it was amazing. Being Different was a great book. I really enjoyed it so much. My mother recommended me the book, and I sat down with my sister to read this book, and it was amazing. I enjoyed reading all the current events in the book, including events that are widely known.

A reader will not be in the dark if they want to read this book. Being Different explains how someone should deal with being Being Different was a great book. Being Different explains how someone should deal with being different, talks about what people can do to become one, to list a few. Also, in the end of the book, there is a thick section where there are foot notes in case the current topics and connections are somewhat difficult to understand.

This book talks about topics such as Dharma, Vedas, misinterpretations of Hinduism, and Western Influence. May 29, Mayank Pandya rated it it was amazing.

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Rajiv Malhotra made a strenuous effort in coming up with this book. The cover rightly depicts the deep "manthan" he did to present the arguments in his book. Appendices are also a compelling read to understand the integral unity of Dharmic traditions. Finally "difference anxiety" tells it all about the implications of western universalism - the tilted global platform for non-westerners - in many ways Dec 06, Saravana Sastha Kumar rated it it was amazing. A book that any inquisitive person from the sub-continent must read.

The author advocates a 'dharmic-gaze' of the west and the fundamentals of secular traditions initiated by the west that is mostly critical of the Orient frequently crossing over to supremacist perspective. Contrary to tolerance between religious traditions, the author seeks 'mutual respect' between beliefs, the former being a superior-inferior paradigm rather than mutual respect and mutual entitlement.

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Rajiv Malhotra A book that any inquisitive person from the sub-continent must read. Rajiv Malhotra is perhaps the pioneer of reverse-gazing the western traditions from dharmic lens. Jun 09, Vikrant Singh rated it it was amazing Shelves: india. Absolutely astounding work by Rajiv Malhotra sir. Must must read by every Indian, especialy Hindus or followers or believers of Sanatana Dharma. Don't miss this. It is a piece of gem and i hope soon will be part of school text book. This book is a must read for any Indian.

We have always been taught about history or very own history from an Englishman's point of view. The first book which talks from an Indian perspective. Highly recommend this book. In fact I started this book after i saw an interview of Dr Subramaniam Swamy. May 18, Nimishg rated it it was ok. Because of colonization, Indian culture has had an inferiority complex when presenting itself. Even now, when you read about Indian philosophy, Indian writers try to make it 'accessible' by continuously comparing it to Western ideas.

This book is one of the first ones I've read that tries to de-colonize the reader's mind and present Indian thought as something to be evaluated on its own. As an 'outsider' reading it, though, it feels like it pushes back the other way too much and tries to argue w Because of colonization, Indian culture has had an inferiority complex when presenting itself. As an 'outsider' reading it, though, it feels like it pushes back the other way too much and tries to argue why Indian culture is much better than Western culture, rather than just being, well Jan 04, Chittu Thogarchedu rated it it was amazing.

He talks about India and the people of India. By looking at the West with an Indian, specifically Hindu pair of eyes, he highlights the challenges that both parties face about themselves and others. The philosophy that Rajiv Malhotra speaks about in Hinduism portrays the Hindu Indian and allows the reader to connect to themselves and understand others.

I enjoyed reading this book because it educated me about my spiritual, philosophical, cultural, and my entire background. Being Different really talked about Being Different, and how the Westerners and the Indians handle the abundance of diversity within a person. This book connects to everyone on a universal level, addressing everyone simply with the eyes of Dharma. Not only does Rajiv Malhotra bring up other religions, he discusses everyone. Although Indian readers will understand this easier, for other readers, an amazing footnote section in the back is provided to allow for clarifications.

This book allows for Indians to learn about themselves, others to learn about Indians, and people to just learn and accept each other. With the knowledge of others, a sense of acceptance will come, and this is what I really love about this book. May 31, Syen rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction.

It was a thought provoking book which clearly raised the many of the ongoing relevant issues about context of Indian and western discourses based on philosophy, religion and state. Pros: 1. Takes up the major issues of contrast between Indian Dharma and Abrahamic religion. Raises the issue of tolerance verses mutual respect aptly. Author clearly points out that for dialogues to be possible between different faiths mutual respect is required instead of tolerance. Shows fundamental schism betwee It was a thought provoking book which clearly raised the many of the ongoing relevant issues about context of Indian and western discourses based on philosophy, religion and state.

Shows fundamental schism between Indian and Abrahamic thoughts about living with different ideologies. Where the Indian philosophies respected difference and tried to come to terms with the various different school of thoughts often evolving in the process, the Abrahamic religions suppressed the differences vigorously. Contrasts the history centric approach of the west to the embodied knowledge of the east, expansionist versus accommodative thinking. Cons: 1. This book could have been better with more research.

The prose seems literally repitative every 25 or so pages though the topics seemed different. The author doesn't seemed to present a balanced view, but as the title suggest it is the defense of Indian philosophy against western universalism.

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As in the chapters on yoga and Mantra, the author seemed genuinely believing on the mystic powers of both. Editing in some parts needs to be checked. This book clears some of the misinterpretations of scholars trying to bundle all philosophies as same. Jul 01, Himanshu Chauhan rated it it was amazing. The book deserves a standing ovation for three factors: 1.

Ability to describe intertwined ideas of a very large philosophical complex into simplified, comprehensible and structured narrative. Deep research into philosophical aspect and optimum output that compliments brevity, without any under treatment of the cause with which this text has been written. Usage of strong examples, logical arguments and sharp rebuttals to drive the point home. This book is one of the most important books of The book deserves a standing ovation for three factors: 1.

This book is one of the most important books of our time in my personal opinion because it slashes through the confusion created by the convolution of semi literate and ill researched scholarship of Dharmic thought to give a very, to be least, sincere opinion upon the concept, western prejudices against the concept, the underpinnings of these prejudices, effects and the way forward. However, the book is strictly from an insider perspective and that has been mentioned clearly right on the onset. It is a must read for everyone interested in Dharmic thought, irrespective of your line of thought, ideology or purpose.

Jun 11, Rohith rated it it was amazing. The author is attempting to challenge the very notion "that institutions based on Western Philosophy are the solution to world's problems". Though some Westernized Indians know that there is a huge problem with the western solutions to the world problem, we are not sure about the exact cause of these problems. To explain that he first needed to explain the origin of Western Universalism framework and interpret it in terms of Indic Philosophical or Dharmic philosopical perspective.

This was don The author is attempting to challenge the very notion "that institutions based on Western Philosophy are the solution to world's problems". This was done brilliantly. Being a moderately westernized Indian, I have some trouble to understand the full depth of the Indian Philosophical overview he provides in this book.

It will take some time for me to sink in views he presented. As he suggested, I may have to master the sanskrit language in order to fully appreciate his views. Nevertheless a great read for those who are interested in "connecting the dots" of various aspects of society politics, economics, science etc.

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Dec 31, Karan Khatri rated it it was amazing. This book is awesome. Thinks which I liked the most about this book is as follows: 1. This book puts light on that all religion are not same. Every chapter has be This book is awesome.

Every chapter has been researched and published. Interesting part discussed in this book is how we need 'mutual respect' and not mere 'tolerance' of religion. One chapter which is also great to read is the Sanskari non-translatable must read 5. This is the greatest response to western universalism. Feb 25, Vasudevah Survam rated it it was amazing. I liked the Idea of Integral Unity which is indigenous to every one of us, who follows the Dharmic perspective. The Western thoughts are materialistic based which is based on outer science on which they try hard to Show off thier unity which is false.

Hence each and everytime when they boastoff their Synthetic Unity at the end they reach no I liked the Idea of Integral Unity which is indigenous to every one of us, who follows the Dharmic perspective. Hence each and everytime when they boastoff their Synthetic Unity at the end they reach nowhere and hence dissatsfaction among most of the followers of Western Thoughts. Moreover, our Mahtama Rishis have developed these inner science based on experiments and realizations, which Westerns dont accept as a Science.

For them "Science" only means calculations on which they can achieve only some materialistic based outcome but not "Vigyan" Vishesh gyan of Integral Unity, which brings peace and harmony among all the relagions and paths.

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Jul 28, Aditya Shetty rated it really liked it. The book explores the religious and philosophical differences between western and Indian civilization. It points out various contradictions between the two and goes on to show that trying to merge them into a universally acceptable system will only serve the interests of the dominant one and lead to the annihilation of the other.

There is also a chapter on the non-translatable nature of Sanskrit which explains how the knowledge of ancient Sanskrit texts may be misunderstood by reading only the tr The book explores the religious and philosophical differences between western and Indian civilization. There is also a chapter on the non-translatable nature of Sanskrit which explains how the knowledge of ancient Sanskrit texts may be misunderstood by reading only the translation. Feb 01, Bhanu added it. This book in essence explains Dharmic concept Philosophy. I understood in great detail about our culture.

Author has argued that how India and its civilization is different from those of west. To be honest, I really did not understand whole book as some concepts of inner sciences were too abstract and difficult to comprehend,but on the whole I understood that as a Nation we should understand and respect value of our ancient culture. Definition of Hinduism and its misrepresentation in western culture This book in essence explains Dharmic concept Philosophy. Definition of Hinduism and its misrepresentation in western culture has been explained in detailed manner. This book is a scholarly and seminal work by Rajiv Malhotra.

The very fact that he was able to "reverse the gaze" on Western ideas and Christianity using the Dharmic framework, makes it an absolute stunning read. This is a must read for any Indian to get a scholarly introduction to a number of Dharmic principles and how they are wrongly misinterpreted, sometimes, deliberately so, by the "West", resulting in immeasurable damage over a few hundred years. Jun 29, Ravi Gupta rated it really liked it.

A must read book for every India. The ability to accept divergent streams of thought. The author points out in particular how Christianity is based on history centrism in contrast to Hinduism's emphasis on self discovery.. It breaks away many myths held by a lot of Indians. Overall a must read for every Indian. Strongly recommend it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed.

About Rajiv Malhotra. Rajiv Malhotra. Rajiv Malhotra is the founder and president of Infinity Foundation. An Indian-American entrepreneur, philanthropist and community leader, he has devoted himself, for the last ten years, to clarifying the many misperceptions about Indic traditions in America and amongst Indians.

He is an active writer, columnist, and speaker on a variety of topics, including the traditions and cultures of India, the Rajiv Malhotra is the founder and president of Infinity Foundation. He is an active writer, columnist, and speaker on a variety of topics, including the traditions and cultures of India, the Indian Diaspora, globalization, and East-West relations. Rajiv has been appointed to the Asian-American Commission for the State of New Jersey, where he serves as the Chairman for the Education Committee, which was created to start an Asian Studies program in schools.

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