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A Hindu-centric World-view

Abstract:

A linguistic framework for a Hindu world-view, based from within the SanAtana traditions, is presented; this finds Indian subcontinent as the geographical focal point of worldly affairs. Reasonably widely known (as implied by the author) among the Astika Wanderers since time immemorial – albeit here drawing upon available empirical detail – this world-view envisions the entanglements of Devata-s with the mundane realm.

Discussion:

Figure-A

Hindu-geo

         In Figure-A, two red lines are shown drawn across the India map:

   A vertical line running at Longitude [77.5°±1.0°]; a horizontal line at Latitude [10.0°±1.0°]. Their intersection point – just north of Kerala and Tamilnadu, and south of Karnataka – is earmarked here as the Origin point (KumAra-Granthi). Regions falling in the Left nADI of BhAratI are shown in red rectangular shades, whereas the rest of the regions (blue rectangular) belong to the Right nADI of BhAratI.

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   The red regions are primarily Devis’ Kshetra-s/domains, the blue ones are primarily Devas’ Kshetra-s. In Deva-Kshetra, societies evolve as conservative, industrial, male dominant, and tend to practise systematized religions (Deva oriented). Devi-Kshetra cultures evolve as socialistic, creative, female oriented, and practise diverse localized religions (Devi oriented).

     These influences also culminate in a specific Triangular representation of India:

1) KaumAra-vertex (South); Prototypical

2) Ashvina-vertex (West); Sarasvati cultures

3) Hanumat-vertex (East); GAnga cultures

Figure-B

Hindu-world

   Next, in Figure-B the same red lines are extended throughout the globe. China, Russia (to an extent), South American, South African nations etc – as expected – fall in the Red regions, whereas Europe, Mid-East, Australia, etc are in the Blue. The nations beyond India can hardly be classified as Astika, so the modes of worship are not Hindu (though still classifiable from Hindu perspective), yet other indicators (e.g. socialistic/communist proclivity of Red, and liberal/conservative of Blue, etc) fit in perfectly with the model.

   The North American nations show roughly equal regions between Red and Blue, though not in an as diversified manner as India (which possesses the KumAra-Granthi).

   India’s diversity is a hidden gift, but if not properly handled by the policy makers and the intellectuals can easily devolve into mindless chaos and self destruction. Indians’ own detachment from their roots combined with steadily decreasing levels of intelligence makes the matter no better.

On the Triangular Representation:

1) KaumAra-vertex (South); prototypical

      2) Ashvina-vertex (West); Sarasvati cultures

  3) Hanumat-vertex (East); GAnga cultures

 These are the three orthogonal centres of core-competencies that through interactions amongst themselves create the whole Astika homeland. Linguistically these are the centres of Dravidian, Sanskrit, and Munda families respectively, all other regions in-between being “Krigian geostatistical” mix of the three.

  So even as the KaumAra-vertex can be somewhat seen as the first among equals, the mutual interactions among the three are more on the lines of contemporaneous. For example, the mandAra parvata “used” in Samudra Manthana (a Southern event) is located in the Bihar-Jharkhand region (near Hanumat vertex).

  Another way to understand this is with the analogy of Antenna: the three vertices constitute an antenna array like system — creating a space inside (the triangular region) where internal communication (without interference) happens, and a space outside where signals are transmitted.

  The three vertices, however, are far from being alike: as discussed earlier, the Southern vertex constitutes of both deva & devi kshetra-s within a rather condensed territory. The other two centres — Ashvina & Hanumat are attuned to deva and devi influences respectively and have a lot of freedom for space and movement.

  Ashvina vertex — being deva oriented, outwards looking, and male dominant – was responsible for taking the lead in the codifying of Astika knowledge system in the form of Veda. Both the Veda and the “universal” language it was expressed in were built bottom-up in an industrial-like fashion, even as these truly belonged to the time immemorial inter-communication within the triangle of the insiders’ space.


P.S.
There is also this (“off-the-radar”) tradition of Veda mUrti-s where each Veda itself is known as a deity having unique face:

Rg-veda: रासभाननः (Donkey face)
Sama-veda: हयाननः (Horse face)
Yajur-veda: अजाननः (Goat faced)
Atharva-veda: मर्कटाननः (Monkey face)

So, even as Ashvin koNa took lead in putting expression to the Veda, this tradition indicates that –
1) the Rk & the sAman come originally from the Ashvin-vertex (donkey and horse both belong to equus genus).
2) Atharvan comes originally from the Hanumat-vertex.
3) Yajus comes originally from the KaumAra-vertex (अज understood as “prototypical”; आदेः जायते).

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