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January 24, 2013

Who am I?

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Who am I?
From Adi Sankaracharya to Nandan Nilekani
INDIA is an ancient civilisation. Over the millennia, we Indians have suffered from a definite identity cri­sis. So our savants have asked the only question that is worthy of exploration: Who am i? The Upanishads too asked this question and after many false starts came up with the famous ‘Tat twam asi, Shvetaketu’ (Thou art that, Shvetaketu). This answer held sway till the 8th cen­tury AD, when Adi Sankaracharya tried to improve on it, by declaring ‘Chidananda rupa shivoham shivoham’ (consciousness and bliss combined, that Shiva am I)...READ MORE

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