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From Vedic Science to Vedanta

From Vedic Science to Vedanta



  • Dimensions:8.4' X 5.4'
  • Edition:1995
  • Author:Subhash C. Kak
  • Publisher:The Adyar Library and Research Centre
  • ISBN:8185141177
  • Cover Type:Paperback
  • Number of Pages:36
  • About the Book

    Vedanta has often been studied without relating it to the Vedic system of knowledge. The reason behind this situation is the fashionable but wrong view that Vedic thought is 'pre-scientific' and at best it represents' archaic modes of thought'. But recent scholarship has shown that astronomy was one of the bases of the design of Vedic fire altars and an astronomical code has been discovered in the organization of the Rgveda. It is now being accepted that the Vedic people knew considerable astronomy that included the knowledge of planet periods. Knowledge of astronomy and the concomitant sciences provides the backdrop in which the development of the science of 'self' can be understood. The Vedic system of knowledge is based on equivalences (bandhu-) between the cosmic, the terrestrial, and the physiological, this recursive system of knowledge was represented in terms of altar designs at one level and by the richly symbolic language of the Veda-s, where there is a constant allusion to the equivalences, at another level.

    1 Introduction 2
    2 Vedic Science and Its Context 9
    3 Astronomy of the Fire Altars 13
    3.1 Equivalence Through Area and Number 16
    3.2 More on Altar Design 20
    3.3 The Astronomical Plane of The Rgveda 22
    4 A Science of the Universe and its Cognition 26
    4.1 Tantra in Vedic Texts 28
    5 A Recursive System of Knowledge 30
    6 Concluding Remarks 32
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