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THE VALUE OF HINDU CULTURE FOR
The music of
India is Hindustani, based upon Hindu and Sanskrit works going back to the Sama
Veda. The dance is based upon Hindu temple dance. The native medicine, Ayurveda, is rooted
in the Vedas themselves, as is the astrology, Jyotish. The poetry and drama traditions
revolves around Hindu mythology. The exercise tradition of Hatha Yoga is rooted in the
religious sadhana tradition.
and philosophy all looks back to Sanskrit, which derives from the Vedas. The spirit and
forms of the religion permeate all aspects of Indian culture, far more than Christianity
permeates the culture of Europe which contains considerable pre-Christian Greco-Roman and
post-Christian Western intellectual influences. Unfortunately many modern Hindus are
rushing to embrace a superficial Western culture, imitating its more mundane forms of
thought and expression.