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Jan 6, 2013

Every-Day Life in India, Illustrated from Original Photographs by Rev. A. D. Rowe, M. A. - 1881

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There is an India of the books and there is a real India, and so different are the two that the student of the one would scarcely recognize the other, if without a guide he should suddenly find himself in a Hindu village. Many of the popular books on India have been written by European travellers, who necessarily had to confine their observations to the cities and larger towns, where they saw but little of real, undisguised Hindu life. A European traveller in India is in the greatest danger of getting false impressions. A Hindu is never himself in the presence of a foreigner. He is shy, secretive, and an adept at doing and saying what he thinks will please you. Along the routes of travel, moreover, Hindu life has become somewhat Europeanized and has lost much of its native simplicity.

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1 comments:

Unknown said...

this book is far far from truth and written without even an iota of understanding besides unfair comments on India and Hindus. While some facts cannot be denied, as any system, civilization in the world has its merits, demerits, most of them are distorted.
1. On Hindus self interest and charity - Hindus never knew or had any profession selling food until the later part of mid 20th century. All long in India any traveller , irrespective of his caste, was fed free by charity by the prosperous who established in towns, villages and cities what is called ' chatrams"which also includes lodging. As a rule Hindus cannot eat without feeding birds, animals like dogs and a guest( irrespective of caste or religion).
Selling food is a western concept and selling food is a sin in Hinduism.
2. Caste system - Unlike the western system , Hindus never worked to earn food. The food was given and Hindus worked in various professions to fulfill their social obligations. Thus the caste system helped in carrying out various societal functions and maintain social harmony. Even ,ministers led a simple life and there is no difference in food, clothing and shelter between a farmer and a minister, perhaps for the ministerial attire when attending king's court.
till the time of european invasion the caste system worked quite smooth and thereafter excess crept in along side people started working for food and not as social obligation.
Truthful living - it is colossal to condemn the Orient not honoring Truth.
As a matter of fact education system, bereft of moral teachings meant only a bread winning( education ) imposed by the europeans was the cause of prevalent manipulation, earn wealth by all and any means. To safe guard truth it is not uncommon with Hindus to sacrifice even their lives.

Vedas, religious practices, spirituality in Hinduism - Hinduism is variety. doesn't impose or prescribe one universal formula for all people for their spiritual progression. It is illogical and impractical to prescribe one method/process/method by religions other than hinduism for different mental make-ups irrespective of gradation in people. Caste system is in essence, takes into account different mental attitudes and gradation prescribes profession best suited for them to attain purity in mind. The idea of caste system is for every one to attain mental purity to realize unity and oneness in diversity.

This book is written is short sighted one without understanding or sufficient research.
Let's not forget Hindus and their civilization are much older , tested and proven than any other for their rich spiritual, economical, scientific , tolerance, love for truth, else would not have dominated the world for so long.
K. Vaidyanathan

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