In Search of the Cradle of Civilization: New Light on Ancient India

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Georg Feuerstein, Subhash Kak, David Frawley
Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1999 - India - 341 pages
7 Reviews
The book shows that the ancient Indians were no primitives but possessed a high spiritual culture, which not only influenced the evolution of the Western world in decisive ways but which still has much to teach us today. India`s archaic spirituality is codified in the rich symbols, metaphors, and myths of the magnificent Rig-Veda, which is shown to be much older than has been widely assumed by scholars. The present book also unravels the astonishing mathematical and astronomical code hidden in the Vedic hymns. Anyone interested in ancient cultural history, India, archaeo-astronomy, or spirituality will find this well-researched and cross-cultural work spellbinding and enriching.

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User Review  - John Fredrickson - Goodreads

Very good and easy to read. The thesis that India rather than Sumeria was the origin of the PIE culture is an interesting one. I do not know whether this argument gets much scholarly credence, but the book makes it sound like it should? Read full review

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User Review  - Tribhuvan Joshi - Goodreads

The authors are trying to prove that Aryan Invasion theory is not exactly right. Aryans have been an integral part of India from the starting of civilizations in India and are contemporary to Indus Valley civilization ( He likes to call it Vedic Indus Valley civilization). Read full review

Contents

Revisioning the Past Envisioning the Future
3
The Vedas Pyramids of the Spirit
13
The Aryans Exploding a Scientific Myth
45
An Archaeological Surprise The Cities of the Indus Valley
61
The Great Catastrophe and the Reconstruction of the Early Indic Civilization
77
The Vedic Peoples in the Land of the Seven Rivers The Literary Perspective
101
Deciphering the IndusSarasvati Script
127
The Dawn of the Indic Civilization The Neolithic Town of Mehrgarh
143
The Spiritual Heritage of Ancient India
165
The Birth of Science in Ritual
195
Vedic Myths and Their Astronomical Basis
229
India and the West
249
The Vedas and Perennial Wisdom
269
Notes
287
Select Bibliography
305
Index
313

Why the Aryan Invasion Never Happened Seventeen Arguments
153

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