This blog post is part of our Yogic Indology studies.
In recent centuries Indology has been studied from a Western perspective, using a reductionist model trying to understand something foreign, to extract the juicy bits, and discard its fossilized remains. Pioneered at first by Europeans, the locus of Indology has now shifted further West to major US universities. This approach, incidentally, is why Greek and Latin arts have been relegated into sterile museums and those cultures now have but faint memories of their roots.
An outsider's perspective uses a lens that is not in concordance with those who practice the ancient yet living traditions with the श्रद्धा Shraddha, conviction and effort, to keep it evolving and relevant. An outsider's perspective occasionally brings along with it the disastrous lens of "racism".
We affirm that any advantages that have accrued to the Indic/Hindu civilization are primarily due to the fortune of its amazing geography which fostered enduring and endearing cultural values.
As such the "Western" perspective does not necessarily mean "white folks" because there are plenty of "white folks" who are deeply rooted in Indian traditions, and as a counter there are plenty of so-called "modernized Indians" who have adopted the Western frameworks in the naive belief that modernization = Westernization.
We thank Rajiv Malhotra for pioneering Swadeshi Indology, the insider's lens, to control the narrative for nation development without bowing down to western, or imported, models of social sciences.
In our pioneering efforts in Yogic Indology we have taken yet another different approach, that which transcends specific events in history using a timeless perspective.