Reason as the Leading Motive

Indian Philosophy

Posted by Jerry on September 10, 2007

I need to rant.

Little else peeves me off more than finding the stupidest books ever written (and an irredeemably huge carbon footprint at that, if you ask me) placed in the Philosophy sections of bookstores here in Mumbai. Alongside way too many copies of Bertrand Russell’s various works, you will find the “philosophy” of Deepak Chopra; the Art of Living by some gay looking diva in a flowing white robe and long beard; the meditations and ruminations of Osho; books on Astrology, Numerology, and Palmistry; books on the occult, witchcraft, and magic; and all kinds of psuedo-scientific crap on telekinesis, ESP, and telepathy. These books take their place next to the works of Aristotle, Plato, Hume, Sartre, Marx, Will Durant, John Searle, Ray Monk, William Barrett, and even Ayn Rand.

Frankly, it’s aggravating!

Often, I have to consciously make an effort to look past such rubbish and dig out legitimate philosophical works. Why don’t they just relegate all such trash to a section titled “You don’t need a brain to read these!” Why adulterate the Philosophy section with such things?

And you know what’s worse? Seeing someone actually pick up a copy of one of these to buy it.



13 Responses to “Indian Philosophy”

  1. Sinus said

    poo jewwy!

  2. rambodoc said

    the Art of Living by some gay looking diva in a flowing white robe //


  3. mahendrap said

    Sigh! I spent years ranting about this only within my own mind…isn’t it great to let it out on your blog? 🙂

  4. Flibbert said

    I’m convinced that Deepak Chopra is the new Toohey. Or the devil. Either way, he’s full of idiocy on a level that never fails to shock and enrage me.

  5. Priyank said

    I think the total intelligence (or people who make sesne) in the world is a constant. So for every Einstein, there needs to be a jackass.

    Anyway, the books written by the guys you mention is NOT ‘Indian philosophy’ at all. Maybe they were written by Indians having a huge fan following (which doesn’t mean anything). You again go around mislabeling stuff.
    These are few Indian philosophers: Vinoba Bhave, Sant Dnyaneshwar, Patanjali, Vyasa, Kabir, Swami Vivekanand, (just some names I remembered at the moment in absolutely random order)

  6. Pink Imp said

    the Art of Living by some gay looking diva in a flowing white robe


  7. godpigeon said

    This seems to be prevalent in most bookstores, not only those in India. The philosophy section of all of the major chains in my area of the US are filled with the same dribble.

  8. Ergo said


    There you go again assuming arbitrary stuff. Who said that I was referring to Indian *philosophers* when I titled the post “Indian Philosophy”?? I was referring to what *counts as philosophy* here in Indian bookstores. Think… think harder… before you assume again. 🙂

  9. Priyank said

    The title still makes no sense!
    never mind. 😉

  10. krishashok said

    Indian philosophy = Philosophy as found in Indian bookstores?
    Western Philosophy = Philosophy as found in Maharashtra (which is in Western India) ??

    No wonder you keep accusing us of misunderstanding your posts 😉 Just kidding though.

    Thankfully at Landmark in Chennai, the ESP, telekinesis crap is usually found in the “Spirituality” section and is usually separate from philosophy.

  11. suresh said

    Art of Living is truly profound. I don’t know what objective reasons make one judge a book by the cover, but experiencing Art of Living as taught by “some gay looking diva” should do a load of good to everyone.

    Art of Living is experiential. It’s a league apart from hollow intellectual exercises of Rand.

  12. Ergo said

    Suresh, you can get lost with your art of living somewhere under the flowy beard of your gay diva. I’ve seen your stray comments elsewhere and they simply remind me of the unpleasant fact that there are also fools in this world.
    You’re not welcome to post on my blog anymore.

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