Your essential guide to the Vedas When were the Vedas written, and why? Who were the people who composed them? Where did they come from, how did they live? Questions, conjectures and debates go hand in hand with the Vedas, the sacred keystone texts of Hinduism. Now, noted historian Roshen Dalal sifts through centuries of information and research to present, in a straightforward and succinct manner, an account of the Vedas that is authoritative yet accessible, thus appealing to both scholars and lay readers. In this book, key insights into the Vedas are complemented by a celebration of the poetry that lies within the texts. Using socio-economic data and archaeological and linguistic research, the author introduces us to the Vedic era, enabling us to understand the culture and philosophy that produced these ancient and sublime texts. • Based on original research and numerous authoritative sources, including auxiliary texts and early commentaries • Appendices featuring selected hymns from all four Vedas, and listing all the hymns that make up the Rig Veda • Conveniently cross-referenced with a wealth of information
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"This book is an overview of The Vedas, the holy book of Hindus. The most important Hymns are quoted in full; extracts are also included from the Brahmanas, the part of The Rig Veda that guides the Brahmans, the highest class of priests, in Vedic ceremonies. Also included is a section on the Arya Samaj, a later westernized version that is shown to be inaccurate, covered in the Appendix."--from the foreward.
A creative and systematic Axiology of Vedic ideas and ideals. It is an independent Axiological study which gives an integral system of values in the Vedas. The attempt made by the Author is novel and adventurous and its findings are profound. The author has made use of the well-known concept of four Purusarthas: Dharma; Artha; Kama and Moksa. This method has enabled the author to grasp the value-core of the Vedas with freshness of vision and he has brought out the main value-affirmations in the Vedas. The present volume is a study of the most ancient book of mankind, but in advanced form. It is an exploration that leads to the development of the Vedic Axiology. Reviews ....invaluable for students of Vedas, and to Indologists. The thought-provoking comments on the topics are presented in rather unusual manner. Dr. Varadachari, Review Projector (India), Vol. 7, Nos. 7â€“9. ``Nonetheless, this book will be of an immense help both to the student and the researcher, and is, therefore, a must for libraries.'' Dr. S.R. Sehgal, Organiser, January 1, 1989.
A leading astronomer offers conclusive evidence, based on astronomical information encoded in the Rig Veda, that a thriving civilization existed in India as early as 10,000 B.C.
The Vedas Opinion of Their Authors and of Later Indian Writers in Regard to Their Origin Inspiration and Authority
- Author : Anonim
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1861
- Genre : Uncategorized
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : ONB:+Z229246406
Three thousand years ago, deep inside the forests of India, a great ‘thought revolution’ was brewing. In those forest labs, the brightest thinker–philosophers contemplated the universe, reflected on ancient texts called the Vedas and came up with startling insights into questions we still don’t have final answers to, like: • What is the universe made of? • How do I know I’m looking at a tree when I see one? • Who am I? My body, my mind, my intelligence, my emotions, or none of the above? And where did they put those explosive findings? In a sprawling body of goosebumpy and fascinating oral literature called the Upanishads! Intimidated? Don’t be! For this joyful, fun guide to some of India’s longest-lasting secular wisdoms, reinterpreted for first-time explorers by Roopa Pai, is guaranteed to keep you turning the pages. Why haven’t you read it yet?
The present volume is an unabridged compilation of all four Vedas (Rig, White and Black Yajur, Sama and Atharva). Four of the translations are from Ralph Griffith, with the remaining (black yajur) from Arthur Keith. The texts have been proofed and all Sanskrit terms updated and synced between versions. An Index-Dictionary of Sanskrit terms has been published as a second volume: ISBN: 978-1541304079. From the foreword: The Vedas (from the root vid, "to know," or "divine knowledge") are the most ancient of all the Hindu scriptures. There were originally three Vedas-the Laws of Manu always speaks of the three, as do the oldest (Mukhya) Upanishads-but a later work called the Atharvaveda has been added to these, to now constitute the fourth. The name Rigveda signifies "Veda of verses," from rig, a spoken stanza; Samaveda, the "Veda of chants," from saman, a song or chant; Yajurveda, the "Veda of sacrificial formulas," from yajus, a sacrificial text. The Atharvaveda derives its name from the sage Atharvan, who is represented as a Prajapati, the edlest son of Brahma, and who is said to have been the first to institute the fire-sacrifices. The complex nature of the Vedas and the array of texts associated with them may be briefly outlined as follows: "The Rig-Veda is the original work, the Yajur-Veda and Sama-Veda in their mantric portions are different arrangements of its hymns for special purposes. The Vedas are divided into two parts, the Mantra and Brahmana. The Mantra part is composed of suktas (hymns in verse); the Brahmana part consists of liturgical, ritualistic, exegetical, and mystic treatises in prose. The Mantra or verse portion is considered more ancient than the prose works; and the books in which the hymns are collected are called samhitas (collections). More or less closely connected with the Brahmanans (and in a few exceptional cases with the Mantra part) are two classes of treatises in prose and verse called Aranyaka and Upanishad. The Vedic writings are ag
All of us have heard about the Vedas, but how many of us know what is there in them?In fact, scriptures and classics of any nation are its true heritage, laying a firm foundation for its people to follow.The Vedas are India s and the world s oldest scriptures, believed to have been directly revealed by God.This book gives a clear and concise account on select aspects of the Vedas, which help dispel ignorance, superstition and false beliefs. the Vedas are replete with guidelines to solve varied problems social, economic, political, scientific, mental or any other.The message of the Vedas holds relevance for anybody and everybody - whether a scientist, politician, or educationist,a parent or a pofessional. Understanding and following the essence of the Vedas ensures a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous life.Some Glimpses:*Birth and essence of Vedas, Vedic Principles:-The Rig Veda contains hymns in praise of all devatas.It also describes the better way of living.-Yajur spells ritualistic procedure of Yagna.-Sama Veda demonstrates how to conquer the enemy with love and conciliatory words.-Atharva Veda contains many hymns to ward of evil and hardship, and to destroy the enemy.*Scientific knowledge and outlook as demonstred by Vedas.The Sun never sets or rises and it is the earth that rotates.(Sama Veda-121)*Vedic Mathematics *Art of Warfare*Prayers and their Rewards in Vedas*Vedic Religion and Indian Society.
This Book Contests The Prevalent View That Indian Philosophy Is Essentially Spiritualitic. From The Internal Evidence In The Vedic Literature, It Concludes That Vedic Religion And Philosophy And Ethics Were Materialistic, And The Vedic Indians Were Not Escapist Brooders, But Were Realits, Positive Thinkers And Life Loving. Text Cclean, Condition Good.