Talk by Kundan Singh

Continued from Part 2

In this third part of the special lecture delivered by Dr. Kundan Singh, we learn how each civilisation has a unique cosmology, a worldview, a particular set of ethos which it uses to look at and evaluate another civilisation. This is important to understand if we want to truly engage with another civilisations and cultures in a constructive manner.

He further elaborates that Western civilisation, for the most part, has not transcended the mind, which is why mysticism in the West is not central to its civilisational ethos. On the other hand, Indian civilisation has always enriched itself by the deeper knowledge of the mystics, seers and yogis.

Dr. Singh adds that it is important to understand the core on which Indian civilisation has been built, and unless and until we understand this we won’t be able to explain India to ourselves or to anyone else. The yogic knowledge does not even have a legitimacy in the Indian academic context — this must change, Dr. Singh emphasised, if a true Indian renaissance is to happen. Unless Indians learn to see and know India from an Indian perspective, we can never have a true renewal of this civilisation. Our education system has an important role to play in this.

Part 3 of SAFIC Special Lecture, January 9, 2019, Speaker: Dr. Kundan Singh (Topic: Sri Aurobindo and Renaissance in India)


To be concluded in Part 4