A Vedanta Kesari Presentation


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'Globalization' was the theme of the Annual special issue of Vedanta Kesari for the year 1999. Globalization is not simply about opening up the economy. It is taking place at various levels—it is integrating economies; it is changing the face of families; it is universalizing notions of women’s equality, environment, education; and it is changing
the role of governments. It is about restructuring of society and the way we live. It has its downside: it is uneven, fragmented and is still dominated by the West. At another level, it has contributed to the rise of fundamentalism, as people reacted, often
violently and irrationally, to what they perceived as a threat to their traditions from globalization.

Includes articles by Swami Ranganathananda, Swami Gautamananda, C.Subramanian, Dr.Karan Singh, Sri Dayamata, Sri K.Dhammananda, Valson Thampu, Vamadeva Shastri, Azgar Ali Engineer, Acharya Mahaprajna, P.Parameswaran, C.T.Kurien, Mel Gurtov and other eminent people.
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  • Victoria Anohinahas quoted4 years ago
    Thus many of the characteristic marks of modernity are in opposition to the traditional religious world views. Hence if religion is to be effective it must find a way of removing this tension. This can be done only if religion is willing to understand and come to terms with modernity.
    No religion will long hold the allegiance of those who have acquired as a result of non-religious causes, new aesthetic tastes, new intellectual perspectives, new moral conceptions—unless religion adjusts to these changes.
  • Victoria Anohinahas quoted4 years ago
    In India too we find numerous new temples coming up almost everyday. What is interesting is that these temples are filled to capacity very soon. The emergence of new religions can be interpreted as a reaction to the dry rationalism, the ‘meaninglessness’, and the hunger of the human heart for the ‘eternal’ prevalent today.
    It is good news that new religions are emerging. Yet a significant number of people remain deeply suspicious of religion and reject it because of the tensions that exist between modernity and religion. Hence, before we can speculate what shape the religions of the future would or should take in order to be effective, we must first understand the characteristics of modernity.
  • Victoria Anohinahas quoted4 years ago
    The key elements of the current ‘awakening’ appear to be:
    1. A rapid growth of strident, evangelical, fundamentalist and Pentecostal movements.
    2. A parallel growth in the popularity of ‘Eastern’ (Hindu-Buddhist-Sufi etc) religions.
    3. A similar spread of ‘human potential’ movements.
    4. The emergence of several sects or ‘cults’, that seem to appeal especially to a certain type of young people.
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