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How Does Western Thinking Differ from Indian Philosophy

Updated on May 28, 2015

Western Philosophy and Indian thinking

Western philosophy is much different from Indian philosophy. Western philosophy focuses on materialistic things whereas Indian philosophy gives importance to self realization, God realization and loving all the living things in this world.This is the basic difference between Indian thinking and western philosophy. Let us see this in detail below.

Western thinking

As I said earlier, the westerners give more importance to money and career success. Of course, we need money to fulfill our basic needs. That said, money is not everything in life. Westerners seem to chase after money throughout their lives as they want to lead a comfortable life.

Money is the most important thing for them. That's why they focus on quantity even in their agriculture produce rather than quality. They spend all the money they earn in entertainments.They don't believe in saving money for the future. They believe in treating diseases than preventing them.

They are living in a fast world. They keep on competing with others and try their best to overtake them. Life is a race for them. They keep on running in that race of life till the end of their lives. They may be successful in making money.Nevertheless, they may not be leading a happy and peaceful life.They may have lots of comforts of life but not peace.They may have costly beds to sleep in. But they won't get good sleep.

Indian philosophy

Indian philosophy is much different from the western philosophy of life. The 'Bhagavad Gita' clearly states that making money shouldn't be the main purpose of life. Everyone has some special talents and skills. If someone has a singing talent and a passion for it, he/she must focus on singing and work hard and give their best to shine in the field of singing. However, he/she shouldn't be bothered about the results of his/her efforts. In other words, even if he/she doesn't get the results they deserve, he/she must keep on working hard and enjoy their work. They shouldn't compete with others. Instead, they should keep on competing with themselves and improve their talents further and further more.

They should start thinking about the higher things of life, once they achieve their worldly goals. Everyone is born with a purpose. Everyone must work hard towards seeking self-realization. You must realize God and the God within you. Eventually, you will start loving all the living things in this wonderful world.

How to attain self-realization anyway? It's not easy to realize God and the God within yourself.However, with proper and regular meditation one can attain self-realization one day. Perseverance and patience are the keys to attain self-realization.


Indians today are crazy about western philosphy

The Indian philosophy I was talking about so long is unfortunately depleting these days.Today Indians are crazy about western culture and their lifestyle.Indians have started to follow western philosophy while the westerners long to follow Indian philosophy. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.


Money is essential in life. But, it's not everything. Identify your talent and passion. Work hard to improve your talent or skill. Enjoy your work. Never compete with others. Instead compete with your own self and keep on improving your talents.Do not worry about the results, though you will get them one day for sure. After achieving your worldly goals, start exploring the higher thing in life. Meditate regularly and realize the God and the God within you. You will enjoy ultimate happiness and life will be bliss then.

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