Western Questions, Eastern Answers




Philosophy and science in the West have been practiced primarily with the aim to understand the present world. A number of theories have been propounded, none of which are free of problems. Philosophy and science in the East (specifically the Vedic tradition) has always been practiced with the aim to transcend the world. Vedic texts provide many theories, but always in answer to a transcendental question. On one hand, therefore, we have questions that haven’t found good answers. On the other, there are good answers that haven’t been connected to the burning questions of mankind today.

Combining them makes a lot of sense from both sides, although I believe this type of approach to East-West Dialogue hasn’t been attempted before. Clearly, to repeat the same answer but in response to a different question, and the answer to still make a lot of sense, we must understand not just the questions and answers, but also the other answers that were earlier given for the same question, and how the new answer is better.  My aim is to provide the answers that were previously given in response to radically different questions, but now in response to the questions that currently remain unanswered.

Over the years, I have written several books. As a result of the ensuing discussions with readers, I wrote several blog posts. This book collects these posts. Ideally, I should have inserted these discussions back into the books that originally led to these discussions. But given that revising a book is much harder, I have just collected the posts here. These posts are my personal journey into a subject that is very difficult, and rare by modern standards. I do hope to make it a tad bit simpler for others by showing the path that I have taken.