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Awaken Bharata
Index

Preface

Keys To The Awakening Of Bharata A Call For An Intellectual...
The Importance Of Kshatriya... 

The Two Wings Of Dharma

Anti-Brahmanism Sarva Dharma Samabhava...
The Danger Of Hindus.... Hinduism Under Siege...
Devic And Asuric ... Sufis And Militance
Hindu Dharma And ...

The New Masks...

Hindu Political And ... The Hindu Renaissance...
Vedic Dharma And ... A Hindu Call...
Major Sections
Books By David Frawley
Arjuna

Awaken Bharata

From The River Of Heaven How I Became A Hindu
The Myth Of Aryan Invasion Of India

Hinduism : The Eternal Tradition, Sanatana Dharma

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THE HINDU RENAISSANCE AT A TURNING POINT
Evaluation of the Recent Hindu Renaissance

The nineteenth century gradually brought about a great Hindu renaissance along with the Indian freedom movement that expanded in the early twentieth century. It was not that Hinduism was dead. It continued as a vital spiritual tradition throughout the long period of foreign domination that began with Muslim rule in the thirteenth century. Hindu Dharma continued to produce a remarkable stream of great yogis, sadhus and swamis in all regions of the country, north and south.

New Hindu religious movements arose under such great figures as Tulsidas, Chaitanya, Swami Vidyaranya, Guru Nanak or Swami Narayan. But Hinduism remained contracted in India, struggling to survive. It did not communicate or express itself to the world. As Hindus were a conquered people they sought to placate their hostile rulers at the cost of self- abasement. This occurred on the level of religion as well, with Hindus compromising with hostile beliefs in hopes of better treatment, and many Hindus converting to the religions of the conquerors in hopes of a better material life.

Swami Vivekananda was the most obvious and central figure at the beginning of the Hindu renaissance and his teachings remain fresh and relevant to the present day. At the turn of the last century he dared to travel not only throughout India but all over the world as a Hindu monk teaching the liberating knowledge of Vedanta to all people. He took the key teachings of Yoga and Vedanta behind Hindu Dharma and conveyed them in a modern idiom, making the ancient Dharma present, vibrant and transformative. Clearly he marked a new character and a new age.

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About The Hindu Renaissance
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