Ignorance Is No Bliss: Indian Vision

By Indira Y. Junghare.

Published by The International Journal of Community Diversity

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In the 21st century, the cosmos vibrates with conflicts between man and nature, between people and people, and between tradition and modernity. Life in general seems to reflect overall uneasiness and fear of the unknown. Most problems seem to be related to diversity arising from changes in time, space and environment. Hence, ‘ignorance’ cannot serve as ‘bliss.’ It is necessary to understand other cultures and lifestyles. Some of the answers for ending conflicts and suffering have already been analyzed in old traditions such as that of India. Most philosophers of India spent a whole lifetime in introspective analysis of life, individuals, society and the cosmos. For peaceful living, these philosophers have suggested a number of paths or techniques that take diversity into consideration. This paper examines two concepts—knowledge and desire-less action in various philosophies of India and assesses applications for conflict resolution and peaceful living.

Keywords: Knowledge, Bliss, Peace

The International Journal of Community Diversity, Volume 13, Issue 3, November 2014, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: September 26, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 321.685KB)).

Dr. Indira Y. Junghare

Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Indira Y. Junghare is a professor of linguistics with an M.A. and Ph. D. from the University of Texas. Her teaching and research fields include sociolinguistics, South Asian linguistics (Marathi, Hindi, Pali & Sanskrit), Indian literature (classical, modern, and regional), and philosophies and religions (Hinduism & Buddhism). She is a recipient of numerous awards: CLA Distinguished Teacher, Outstanding Faculty, Gordon L. Starr Award, University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award, and Asian-Pacific Minnesotans—Leadership Award. In 2013, she successfully completed the development of the Diversity-Ethics-Peace disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, and multi-disciplinary studies program by creating and teaching curriculum, and performing avant-garde research which she began in 2005—which received the 2006 Tony Diggs Award for Innovation—and acclaim in scholarly communities both nationally and internationally.