Veda Knowledge in the Modern Context

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Pages : xvi + 241

Size : 1/8 Demy

Cover : Paper Back

ISBN : 81-7994-145-0

The aim of this book is to provide an integarted approach towards understanding some of the insights of the Veda mantra-s, available in the SAKSHI books published in over two decades. We are also interested in relating them to the achievements of the subsequent Indo-Sarasvati Civilization. Thus this study brings out th relevance of the study of Veda mantras to the modern times and indicates the continuity of the creativity of Hindu culture from the prehistoric Vedic period towards that of our own times.

The contents of this book with its six parts, and 41 chapters, give a systematic panorama of this long journey, stage by stage.

It is well known that Veda mantra-s can be viewed at least in four ways: i) dealing with the happenings of physical nature, ii) dealing with rituals, iii) dealing with the myths and anecdotes exemplified in the much later purana books, iv) dealing with the spiritual and psychological (manas – prana) happenings in our subtle bodies.

All the available translations including the one by the great scholar Sayana Acharya view the Veda in the first three ways.

SAKSHI translations use only the view (iv) (spiritual and psychological view) and thus help the human kind to empower themselves by making the built-in inner energies to manifest.


Table of Contents

Abbreviations / xvi

  1. Introduction and Overview / 1

Part I: Understanding the Insights in the Veda Mantra-s / 6

2. The Vedic Books and their Branches / 7

3. Overview of Mantra / 14

4. Multiple Meanings of Verses: Replies to the Criticisms / 19

5. Some General Principles for Word – Meaning Assignment / 23

6. Meanings of the Words in Rig Veda / 26

7. Who are the Gods? / 36

8. That One (tat ekam) and the Many Gods / 43

9. The Dasyu-s (demons): Vrtra and Vala / 56

Part II: Yajur Veda, Atharva Veda, Upanishad, Tantra and Yajna / 65

10. Overview of Yajur Veda / 66

11. Overview of Atharva Veda / 70

12. The Upanishads / 74

13. Yoga / 79

14. Tantra in Veda / 87

15. Yajna / 94

 Part III: Reevance of Veda-s Today / 98

16. Effective Work: The Guidance of Agni / 99

17. Maxims or Subhashita-s / 103

18. The Earth and the Environment / 108

19. Maintaining Holistic Health / 111

20. Shanti Mantra-s for Integral Development / 117

Part IV: Veda on the physical Nature, Society and its Dating / 121

21. Vrtra Fight and the Ice Age / 122

22. Some Aspects of Science and Mathematics / 125

23. Veda, Indo-Sarasvati Civilization ( Harappa) and the Movement to West / 129

24. Dating the Veda-s / 139

25. Understanding Vedic Culture / 142

26. The Continuity of the Hindu Civilization from Vedic Times to the Present day / 151

Part V: Tasks ahead / 155

27. Preservation of Veda / 156

28. Research on Veda / 160

29. Dissemination of Vedic Knowledge / 164

30. How to study Veda-s / 174

31. Conclusions / 178

    Part VI: Appendices / 179

32. Multiple meanings of a verse including the decimal expansion o the number pi / 180

33. comparison of the SAKSHI translation of mantras with those of RTH Griffith & other Indologies / 182

34. The Contribution of Veda-s to India (by Sri Aurobindo) / 189

35. How to Refer to Each verse in the Veda-s / 197

36. The other sacred books (5 groups with 26 subjects) / 192

37. Killing of Bulls: Both Veda-s and Economics say No / 197

38. vrtra and Vala episodes: A unifies view / 206

39. Sayana Acharya and the scope of his work / 210

40. More on Rishi-s / 212

41. Spiritual Interpretation of the Veda / 219

   References / 225

 Index / 229

 Figures / 238

 

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