I have been reflecting in my own way on Dattopant Thengadi Ji's Third Way. I present these small "ripples" that it has caused in my mind in a series. I am glad it has found its resonance in many thinking minds alike. I hope the readers have read the earlier article in the series before moving ahead.
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The west in its approach is materialistic to a great extent, but Bharatiya philosophy can naturally accommodate any shade of philosophy, there are some atheist schools of thought too. Dattopant refers to some research work and cites the book ' The new Soviet Psychic Discoveries ' by Henry Gris and William Dick to state that the interconvertibility of matter and energy is certainly a fact. Thus theism and atheism may not be contrasted with each other as it 'does not stand the scrutiny of reason.
The human mind is the same but historical courses and the situations that society faces cause an impact on the collective mind of a society. Geo-political factors too influence substantially give rise to different cultures.
The culture implies the 'trend of an impression on the collective mind of a society. Different parts of the world have different cultures as a result of their historical events and geo-political situations.
West believes that Socioeconomic structure is a basic thing, the mind need not be paid attention to. Thus the things like religion, culture, ethics are super-structure that change once the socio-economic order undergoes the change. Even the thought system depends on the transformation of the socio-economic order. Thus the concept of sanskaras has no space.
Being homocentric is an important characteristic of western treatment. 'Man is at the center' of everything. Everything is for man. Man- is the truth. It is against the exploitation of man but nonhuman factors are not a part of this thinking.
Dattopant's observations are that it is not fairly humane, it is anti-God, it is homocentric, and doesn't seem to be creating surroundings to help human harmony.
He notes that after the second world war U. N. and many other international bodies worked on human rights. All the resolutions are legal in nature. Repeatedly Dattopant and many other thinkers emphasized that unless it is a part of a layperson's consciousness and people-to-people relationship with a good understanding of the international scenarios, it would not render the desired results.
'If motivated by love, care, and concern for others it can work'. (John Kleining is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Criminal Justice, a part of the PhD Program in Philosophy.)