By Andrew J. Nicholson
Some postcolonial theorists argue that the belief of a unmarried procedure of trust often called "Hinduism" is a construction of nineteenth-century British imperialists. Andrew J. Nicholson introduces one other standpoint: even though a unified Hindu identification isn't really as historic as a few Hindus declare, it has its roots in options inside of South Asian philosophy from the fourteenth to 17th centuries. in this time, thinkers handled the philosophies of Vedanta, Samkhya, and Yoga, in addition to the worshippers of Visnu, Siva, and Sakti, as belonging to a unmarried process of trust and perform. rather than seeing such teams as separate and contradictory, they re-envisioned them as separate rivers resulting in the sea of Brahman, the last word reality.
Drawing at the writings of philosophers from overdue medieval and early sleek traditions, together with Vijnanabhiksu, Madhava, and Madhusudana Sarasvati, Nicholson exhibits how influential thinkers portrayed Vedanta philosophy because the final unifier of numerous trust structures. This undertaking cleared the path for the paintings of later Hindu reformers, equivalent to Vivekananda, Radhakrishnan, and Gandhi, whose teachings promoted the suggestion that each one global religions belong to a unmarried religious solidarity. In his research, Nicholson additionally opinions the best way Eurocentric concepts—like monism and dualism, idealism and realism, theism and atheism, and orthodoxy and heterodoxy—have come to dominate smooth discourses on Indian philosophy.