If pre-British Indian society was as wicked as the British saw it, which it tried to change without much success, characterizing it as Ramrajya should be seen as part of a larger insidious agenda of reintroducing that unjust social order of aristocracy and social rank, privileged high castes and despised low castes, Brahminic
priesthood and intellectual hegemony and so on, from the thralldom of which social reformers like Dr.
The chief royal Brahmin priest, however, contested the man's Brahminic
The idea of education emerges differently in the two books, although both heroes share to some extent the Brahminic
veneration for learning.
The oral lore was re-inscribed in an orthodox Brahminic
literary canon, but the fact that the medium was Bangla rather than Sanskrit allowed for its mass circulation, a fact that holds true today as much as it did in the medieval period.
(35.) Robert de Nobili, for example, a Jesuit missionary in India, propagated Christianity within the very strict boundaries of Brahminic
social customs in the early seventeenth century.
We note here that although traditional Brahminic
Hinduism has four broad castes: Brahmin priests, Kshatriya warriors, Vaisya merchants, and Sudra workers and farmers, the more detailed reality is a much finer gradation of many specific castes who constitute the elements of the specific jajmani economies in specific local areas of India.
While the church hierarchy that promotes institutional inculturation views the various expressions of popular inculturation as unhealthy and unreflective borrowing of Hindu practices and rituals, the Catholic laity have been critical of and indifferent to institutional inculturation modeled by Catholic ashrams because of its leaning and bias toward the mystical, philosophical, and ritual traditions of Sanskritic or brahminic
A sense of caste, of Brahminic
roots, persisted, despite the community's loss of contact with the motherland (Naipaul, Introduction 5-6).
Emerging within a tradition that has never been part of the brahminic
elite, the Nath castes that have developed - also known as castes of yogis or jogis - are nowhere considered among the highest in the Hindu hierarchy.
It is alive and often personified, and strives to bring to its original clan and homeland some equivalent to take its place."(42) Moreover, objects given in ceremonial exchange such as potlatch are spiritual, animate and efficacious; they are "confounded with the spirits who made them."(43) For Mauss the bond between a thing given and its original owner or maker is cross-cultural, found in Roman, Chinese, and Brahminic
law and in Germanic custom.
Historically, every revolt against the dominant classes was taken in hand and tamed by Brahminic
inventiveness, whether it was Buddhist revivals, bhakti movements, the self-respect movement, the Marxist movement, or recently the modern secular consciousness.
I would also suggest, in connection with the third principle, that parallel passages within a text do not furnish any certain standard of a reading; there is often a complexity and multivocality at the base of Brahminic
intellectual traditions that make it just as likely that the same or similar ideas were recorded in multiple wordings, rather than that one wording has been distorted through errors in the written transmission.
Breathing exercise and breath watching exercises are the most essential techniques of yoga which are followed by both the Brahminic
and Buddhist schools, and their origins can be traced beyond the Vedic period--to even their Indo-Aryan origin.
Social commitment is often judged by such inadequate criteria as the weight given to the Brahminic
Hinduism, solidarity with the Dalits and the approach to the ordination of women etc.
Framework of Power in South Asia." Economic and Political Weekly, April 7.