CONTENTS: Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; A Teleological Conception of Culture; The Individual and the Tradition; Spirituality; I. The Non-theistic Strand; II. Theistic Spirituality; Transforming the Human Condition; Krishnamurti's Conception of Holistic Education; Secularism; The Philosophy of Action; Two Concepts of Love; Postscript;
This book is based in the understanding that spirituality is at the centre of the dynamics of Indian culture. It sees culture as a product of the human quest of eternal truth, goodness and beauty in all the dimensions of human existence, especially the epistemic, ethical and aesthetic. This comprehensive approach is typical of the Indian mind. The quest itself is characteristic of Indian spirituality, which exists both in the theistic religions of Indian origin, as well as non-theistic, purely meditative religious systems. This book explains the essential nature of Indian culture and spirituality and then explores how they are reflected in some major discourses of contemporary life, particularly in its 'philosophy of education' and in the universal phenomenon of love, both in its mundane and spiritual connotations.