East vs West

Comparing a holistic against a superficial view

There is no doubt that the eastern world as philosophically and indeed spreadsheet different from the west. By the east a refer to the landmass that as today east of modern Iran previously known as Persia. Until the advent of Christianity and Islam, the civilised world was guided by Sanatana Dharma all the heart of Hindu (Indian) understanding.

If we take 6000 BC as a starting point of this discussion, Hindu civilisation was thriving and this is one of the proposed dates for the Mahabharata war. It is also a time when the Indus Valley civilisation was thriving with trade to Egypt, Greece and some of the more westward states. This is also a time when the Hindu population was growing rapidly thanks to advances in agriculture and there were migratory groups that settled in lands populated mostly by hunter gatherers.

It's thought that Hindu knowledge provided assistance to creating structures like Stonehenge within a climate of mysticism and power play. Along with the injured migrants came a clarified idea of patriarchal governance. With agriculture life became somewhat easier, with the advent of money, men discovered they could have an easy life and enjoy the fruits of other people's labour.

These are a few more social points yet if we look at the modern world we see that the patriarchal view that the human mind and indeed anyone who is not of the master class (as in caste) must also controlled. The Western intellect is devoted to materialism, the acquisition of wealth and social control for personal gain. To be sure there are many altruistic Westerners yet they operate on the philosophy utopia which makes their and impossible dream.

The Western mindset takes the physical world as being the sum total of our reality, the workings of mind, and dreams and our sometimes unusual senses of perception dismissed as imaginary and not worthy. Perhaps this is in part because in mediaeval Europe they tried experimenting with aspects of mind and the latent energy within our consciousness, not to know, but to further their worldly ambitions with sometimes disastrous results.

In contrast we have the East

There seemed little doubt that the centre of Eastern and indeed global civilisation had its roots in what is now modern India and within what can be loosely termed Hindu philosophy, the nature of consciousness is as important as the phenomenon of our physical environment.

They further discovered that by managing one's own consciousness, one could better manage one's physical environment to make life more pleasant.

So while the Westerners were praying to the sun and the stars, the Hindus were praising them and seeking to know. Consequently they had a well reasoned understanding of our physical universe thousands of years ago, they understood time and had a rudimentary sextant enabling ocean travel at a time when Europeans dared not leave the view of the coastline.

The Hindus invented a modern numeral system, language, the science of astronomy, metallurgy, agriculture and medicine along with supportive technologies. The ideas of democracy and science travelled west influencing the Arabs, the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians but is my contention that as this knowledge went further west it was watered down and subverted.

Our dear Sadhguru spoke several times about of Temple in South India describing how to create a type of modern aircraft. This temple is over 1000 years old and the Hindus had the understanding and wherewithal to create this piece of technology yet they chose not to because it would set in motion what we see today, the stripping of the earth's resources to create stuff for peoples short-term pleasure.

There is no doubt that modern technology is amazing and it is facilitating this upsurge in knowledge and even the transmission of wisdom. But it also serves what I can only refer to as the subverted mind of Western rationality that ultimately comes down to 'if I am physically stronger and more capable than you, I am a winner, worthy of more respect and self pride.

The Hindus of course knew that this was in some ways a cosmic joke because there is no basis in reality for such a contention. It is within humility that wisdom is generated along with kindness and compassion.

The Western view is that planet Earth is here to be exploited for individual pleasure within a game (capitalism) of winner take all without concern for any future generations who might require this planet to be their home. The Hindus in their wisdom were against this because the driver for their research, their development of wisdom and accumulation of knowledge is that we exist in this amazing space, we don't know where we came from or if there is some reason?

However they decided that since we were here, and since we didn't know the most logical course of action was to question why and sustain the conditions for living on this planet so that everyone had the equal opportunity to contemplate the why and wherefore of life, to access their own consciousness and of course live a comfortable existence.

Existence of course was not always comfortable, crops fail, floods come yet the Hindus and those they influence across the greater Asian region or participated in this dream. I developed irrigation systems which remain in evidence today across Persia, Central Asia and Southeast Asia.

All this comes down to the bottom line that Westerners in general believe in their perception of reality whereas the Hindus neither believe nor disbelief, they seek to know the truth of existence which by my reckoning is the more sane perspective.


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