“If an object in nature is beautified by the discrimination of man, it is Culture.” – D.V. Gundappa
India’s civilizational genius is in the embodiment and embedding of the deep cosmological truths into the very fabric of everyday life. The ‘great traditions’ were nourished by and in many cases emanated from the wisdom of the lived experiences. This spawned a dynamic, multi-sided culture, springing forth as a spontaneous expression of a people, immersed in every aspect of life.
The culture was self-organizing, self-evolving and self-correcting – A living entity that was in harmony with nature gave us the loftiest flights of human imagination and creative expression. The ‘flow’ state was achieved on a civilizational scale in this land, until it was interrupted – twice.
The ‘multi-level coherence’ between all facets of the indigenous ways of social organization were destroyed, first by the Islamic intervention and then crucially by the brutal colonization which stuck at the very roots of collective life by obfuscating and obliterating what constitutes knowledge and how it is produced, disseminated and internalized.
As a consequence of the two colonial interruptions, the Indian Civilisation became a deeply disrupted civilisation. In normal times any culture grows and evolves organically. Some traditions continue over the millennia, some practices come and go, while some mutate and morph into newer versions. There is a beauty in such an evolution. Ordinarily, culture should be left to evolve on its own without any intervention by any external agencies least of all political forces. This has not been the case in India.
After the colonial rule where a conscious and systematic destruction of indigenous knowledge systems and practices took place, independent India needed a political intervention to help nurture and revive its culture and traditions. Sadly, no such efforts were made nor even the need to make such interventions was recognized, leading to a post – colonial India continuing to be colonized albeit in its thought.
In the recent times, while the political class continues its indifference, there has been a spurt of initiatives undertaken by various activists, keen on revival of Indic civilisational thought. Almost all of them have focused on a specific domain based on their individual proclivity and passion.
While such specialised initiatives have begun to make a noticeable difference, there is an emergent need for general ‘Hello-activists’ who seek to work across domains and causes across the cultural landscape. Generalists who can act as ‘cultural designers’ by seamlessly fusing multiple contexts while keeping the strategic picture in mind can complement the specialists who are invariably focused on a particular discipline.
The Centre for Cultural Leadership will take benefit of the Six Dimensional Approach that Indic Academy uses as its driving force for bringing change in society.
Indic Academy pursues a six-dimensional approach to build a global renaissance of Indic civilizational thought, more specifically:
• We seek to preserve, protect and promote our intellectual, cultural and spiritual heritage by planning our activities across near, medium and long-term horizons.
• We help individuals express the potential within their self, encourage them to become selfless social entrepreneurs and finally discover their true spiritual Self, we also build an ecosystem by enabling people to connect with one another, contribute to the others growth and collaborate for creating new work with a focus on the customer by offering a product, service or experience that is authentic, immersive and transformative.
Rashtram’s mission is to produce ‘self-aware’ and ‘civilizationally assured’ Public leaders through a meta-skills approach. The learning design focuses on instilling systems thinking, cognitive endurance, critical reasoning grounded in a spiritual core.