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Indian Culture  -  Its Ageless Charm and Timeless Appeal
Indian Culture - Its Ageless Charm and Timeless Appeal

Indian Culture - Its Ageless Charm and Timeless Appeal

by Swami Atmashraddhananda

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Sri Ramakrishna Math


9788178836584 - Year: 2013 - Pages: 374



Swami Atmashraddhananda

Author: Swami Atmashraddhananda
Swami Vivekananda/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Swami Atmashraddhananda
Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Math
Year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 374
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788178836584


India is one of the most religiously diverse nations in the world . It is the birthplace of Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism-also known as Dharmic religions. Swami Vivekananda repeatedly emphasized that religion is the vitality and core of Indian culture. No wonder, religion and culture are synonymous in the indian context. Continuity, diversity and vitality of Indian culture have astonished the scholars and commoners alike.

Despite all economic and political challenges it faces, the Indian culture continues to thrive, with newer forms of cultural and religious practices appearing now and then. With Hinduism as its axis, the Indian culture is known for its capacity to assimilate and absorb various cultural practices and also influence them in a significant and lasting manner.

This volume is an attempt to put together many aspects of Indian culture. The fundamental ideas and ideals of Indian culture such as Upanishads , Yoga meditation, and so on have been expounded. Besides, there are articles on the influence of Indian culture on economics, architecture, the tradition of dining and so on. There are snippets of Indian culture presented through short write ups under the column, Imprints of a Living Culture.

Indian culture is one of the most ancient and diverse cultures in the world. What is more, it is a living culture, not tucked away in museums and dusty volumes but a living force in the daily and social lives of millions of Indians, in India and abroad.

India is one of the most religiously diverse nations in the world. Continuity, diversity and vitality of Indian culture have astonished the scholars and commoners alike. Despite these ennobling truths, it is also a fact that much needs to be done to preserve and cultivate Indian culture especially amongst youth.

Dwelling on various aspects of our cultural heritage and the grand philosophy, this volume tries to bring together the scholarly and everyday approach to Indian culture. This aims at promoting understanding of Indian culture in a simple and easy-to-read style, yet retaining the seriousness and profundity of the subject.



Publisher’s Note

1. India’s Timeless Culture by Swami Atmashraddhananda

2. Dharma, the Basis of Indian Culture by Swami Sakhyananda

3. The Wonders of Indian Culture by Swami Vivekananda

4. The Meaning of Samskriti or Culture by Swami Harshananda

5. Swami Vivekananda-the True Ambassador of Indian Culture by Swami Gautamananda

6. The Need for Culture by Swami Ashokananda

7. Is Indian Culture Spiritual? by Swami Dayatmananda

8. Sri Ramakrishna-the Embodiment of India’s Eternal Culture by Swami Atmapriyananda

9. Indian Women-The Custodians of India’s Ageless Culture by Prema Nandakumar

10. Holy Mother: An Epitome of Indian Culture by V.V. Jayaraman

11. Rangoli-Ushering in Auspiciousness

12. New India and Old India by Swami Vivekananda

13. Darshan-the Indian idea of ‘Sacred Seeing’

14. The Spiritual Basis of Indian Culture Swami Brahmeshananda

15. Namaste-the Indian Way of Greeting

16. Indian Cultural Values for the Youth Swami Abhiramananda

17. Atithi Devo Bhava-the Indian Way of Welcoming Guests

18. Indian Culture and Indian Youth by Aravindan Neelkandan

19. Lighting the Lamp

20. Swami Vivekananda: The Bridge between Ancient and Modern Indian Culture by Krishnaraj Vanavaraya

21. The Indian Tradition of Sacred Body Marks

22. What Indian Youth Need to Know About Indian Culture by M Pramod Kumar

23. Bhajan-the Tradition of Devotional Singing

24. The Sound of Yoga Demystifying the Basics of Yoga by Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani

25. Aarti-the Act of Waving of Lights

26. Yoga-Vedanta Tradition of Meditation by Swami Nityasthananda

27. Chanting of Mantras-Invoking the Presence of Divine

28. Sat Chit Ananda-The Philosophy of the Upanishads by Swami Sarvapriyananda

29. Prasada-the Sanctified Food

30. Bhakti in Indian Culture by Swami Lakshmidharananda

31. Sanskrit-the Language of Indian Culture

32. Indian Ideals and Western Perspectives by Swami Vivekananda

33. Indian Languages-the Cradle of Indian Culture

34. Origin of the Vedic Culture by NVC Swamy

35. Indian Classical Music

36. Uniqueness of Indian Culture by K S Subramaniyam

37. Classical Indian Dance

38. What Man Wants: An Elucidation of Indian Culture in Light of Four Purusharthas by N Gokul Muthu

39. India’s Folk Dance and Music

40. Connecting the Dots: A Syncretic View of the Caste System by Sheenu Drinivasan

41. India’s Traditional Clothing

42. Why Be Proud of Being an Indian? – Twelve Major Achievements of Indian Civilization by Michel Danino

43. The Tradition of Indian Culinary

44. India’s Culture, Society and Economy Its Past, Present and Future by S. Gurumurthy

45. A Peep into Indian Dining

46. Indian Culture: Beyond Curry, Caste and Cow by Sundari Krishnamurthy

47. Shilpa Shastra: The Ancient Indian Approach to Architecture

48. Management Ideals and Indian Culture by Vijay Menon

49. Aryabhata, the Great Indian Mathematician

50. Indian Culture Values and Economic Development by P. Kanagasabapathi

51. Dara Shikoh: The Mughal Prince Who Translated the Upanishads into Persian

52. ‘Do not Disrespect Food’ (Annam Na Nindyat)

The Indian Tradition of Respecting and Celebrating Food by Probal Ray Choudhury

53. Ayurveda-‘the Science of Life’

54. Core Aspects of Indian Culture by KS Viswanath

55. The World Heritage Sites in India

56. What They Say About Indian Culture

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