Author: Shantha N NairPublisher: Pustak MahalYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 306ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788122310207
The echoes of ancient Indian wisdom can be heard from the oldest of scriptures that existed many years ago. Even thousands of years before they were written down on palm leaves, the teachings were passed on from generations to generations, from the teachers to the disciples in their oral form. These works are amongst the oldest of humanity. They laid the foundation of one of the most tolerant and diverse religions in the world, the Sanatan Dharma or Hinduism, which is marked by a wide range of ethos and philosophical approaches. ...The Vedic deities represent not only the forces of Nature but also the forces present in the physical body. For achieving spiritual perfection, one has to strengthen the divine forces in oneself. At the same time, the evil forces symbolised by the demons are to be slaughtered. ...The seven horses tied by the snakes which draw the chariot of Surya (Sun) mentioned in the Rig Veda represent the seven columns forming light and the movement of the sunrays. Modern Physics has proved that the sunrays travel in a curved manner. The snakes with which the seven horses are tied to the chariot represent the curved movement of the rays of the Sun. ...According to science; the world is embraced by the concepts of time and space. The Vedas advocate that truth can be realised only by freeing oneself from the concepts of time and space. This is possible when we turn our gaze inward, in which we forget ourselves as in a deep sleep. ..….The true meaning of the concept of animal sacrifice in the Vedas is that Gods must be invoked by means of the sacrifice of the animal in us and bring forth the Agni by chanting the powerful mantras.
PrefaceSHRUTI AND SMRITI Shruti SmritiTHE VEDAS-ORIGIN, CONTENT, SHAKHAS AND STRUCTURE Origin of the Vedas Content of the Vedas Shakhas of the Vedas Structure of the VedasTHE VEDAS-INTERPRETATIONS, CRITICISM AND SYMBOLISM Interpretations of the Vedas Deeper Meaning of the Vedas Criticisms of the Vedas Symbolism in the Vedas Greatness of the VedasRIG VEDA Rig Veda Samhita Hymns of Rig Veda Shakhas of Rig Veda The Gods in Rig Veda Rishis in Rig Veda Brahmanas of Rig Veda Aranyakas of Rig Veda Upanishads of Rig VedaSAMA VEDA Sama Veda Samhita Hymns of Sama Veda Shakhas of Sama Veda Brahmanas of Sama Veda Aranyakas and Upanishads of Sama VedaYAJUR VEDA Yajur Veda Samhita Hymns of Yajur Veda The Krishna and Shukla Yajur Veda Shakhas of Krishna Yajur Veda Brahmanas of Krishna Yajur Veda Aranyakas of Krishna Yajur Veda Upanishads of Krishna Yajur Veda Shakhas of Shukla Yajur Veda Brahmanas of Shukla Yajur Veda Aranyakas and Upanishads of Shukla Yajur VedaATHARVA VEDA Atharva Veda Samhita Hymns of Atharva Veda Shakhas of Atharva Veda Content of Atharva Veda Brahmanas of Atharva Veda Aranyakas and Upanishads of Atharva VedaTHE OTHER RELATED TEXTS Vedangas Upa Vedas Darshanas Vedanta Sutra Agamas Tantra Shastra Dharma Shastras Kalas Other Special textsITIHASAS AND PURANAS Itihasas PuranasRefernces