Woiwode, C (2013) 'Transcendence and spirituality: human needs and the practices of the Indian Svadhyaya Movement.' Journal of Developing Societies, 29 (3). pp. 233-257. ISSN 0169-796X

Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1177/0169796X13494275


In this article the significance of spirituality in human development is discussed using the “Svadhyaya movement” as a case study in urban India. As the principles of the movement are grounded in a modern revision of classical Hindu philosophy emphasizing personal development and self-realization, it challenges the Western paradigm of materialism as an inevitable first stage of development. The findings of this case are contextualized by drawing attention to emerging neo-integrative approaches in “the West” that attempt to bridge the schism of spirituality/religion and the sciences. Finally, I explore the implications this may have in the related praxis fields of urban planning and international development.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Svadhyaya, India, spirituality, urban development, international development, neo-integrative paradigm
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2018 15:48
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