Dharma and Identity are related. In the Indian view, identity is about self-expression to reach the highest a person is capable of.
Nindāstuti is a Dharmic paradigm of devotion through apparent censure! If binaries of any kind, be it of praise and censure or even of language and silence, all constitute the Ultimate Reality and yet the Ultimate Reality is not restricted to any of these, one can express one’s alignment with Brahman using censure and silence too, and not just praise and language!
India has seen a number of waves of invasions over the millennia. Be it the Greeks, the Scythians or the Yuezhi, invaders struck the Indian subcontinent and often got assimilated into the civilizations preceding their advent. What lived on and thrived was Dharma, which has withstood one of the most gruesome holocaust in all of history, over the millenia, to remain as one of the oldest extant spiritual and civilisation paradigms today.
Author: Ananth Sethuraman. Read the earlier parts in this Series by Shri Ananth here Introduction edX is a provider of massive open online courses [Ref 1]. It was founded by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One of the courses that edX offers is titled Hinduism Through Its Scriptures …