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Sunday, July 1, 2007

To attain a beginner's mind for looking within and looking without

RECONTEXTUALIZING KNOWLEDGE : AN EPISTEMOLOGICAL AMBIGUITY
JYOTI PRAKASH BAGCHI
The encounter of the cognitive apparatus with the phenomenal world had led to the emergence of independent thought processes either based on scientific method of enquiry or on meditative experiences. In the course of time these has developed into a systematized body of knowledge. They purport to provide peace and happiness, but when seduced by power a distorted value structure has been legitimized. The plethora of evidences suggests the 'self' has been incapacitated for long. The scientific experiences have been given supreme status.
The paper stresses the need to attain a beginner's mind so that looking within and looking without no longer remain intangible goals of education. The modalities have been discussed to escape the bonds of conceptual limitations. Finally, it is suggested that this constructive role of optimizing the opportunities for formation of intellect, which moves beyond conventional intellectualism, will evolve into a compassionate world-serving intellect, and pave the way for peace and harmony in this turbulent world. MCHV (IIM Calcutta), Journal of Human Values Volume 8 Number 2 January - June 2002
EMERGING ETHICS IN RURAL INDIA
R . C . SEKHAR
This paper explores the ethical dimensions of some of the current issues engaging rural India, affecting 600 hundred million people. It uses the evolutionary frame-work of Sri Aurobindo's integral yoga, and also tags on to it the rights concepts of Amartya Sen's ethics. It attempts to take a balanced view between Ambedkar's perception of the ancient Indian village as a sink of localism, a den of ignorance, narrow-mindedness communalism, & the more common and traditional, but historically untrue, idealized view of the Vedic times.
In this process it also steers clear of the pitfalls in the Marxists writings or positivist research, which has taken a wrong position that there was no rule of law and therefore no ethics as understood in modern times. It then attempts to show the more eternal features of perennial ethics in India, the idiom, institutions and the instruments it has nurtured, and the manner it is getting integrated with and is supportive of evolving modern values of democracy and social justice in Indian villages. MCHV (IIM Calcutta), Journal of Human Values Volume 8 Number 2 January - June 2002

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