Contributions to Asian Studies: 1974, Volume 5

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BRILL, Dec 1, 1974 - Social Science - 109 pages
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This is in reference to Arvind Sharma's article 'The Notion of Cyclical Time in Hinduism'. He has very lucidly elaborated the origin of the concept of time in Hinduism. It was not in Sruti literature. But became prominent after Smriti literature. The terms of four yugas : krita, Treta, Dwapara and Kali were the nomenclature of gambling games. Besides, so called 'Sanatana Dharma does not square with the idea of the fluctuating dharma of the four yugas'. His exposition shows that many concept of Hinduism may have 'Confirmation Bias' which causes us to place a greater emphasis or even seek out things that confirm what we believe, but to ignore or discount anything that opposes our already existing ideas. Such concepts may be evident in various religious beliefs. As Arvind Sharma is promoting comparative religious dialogues. It may be useful to create a matrix of concepts along with religious beliefs which may highlight the changing meaning of the original concept. The meaning of concepts do change with time and situation (or different societies).
Sometimes, 'false memories' which are easy to plant in a person (means one remembers something which never actually happened), are used to promote fundamentalism in religious beliefs.


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