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

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Motilal Banarsidass Publishing House, 1999 - History - 341 pages
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.


Revisioning the Past Envisioning the Future
The Vedas Pyramids of the Spirit
The Aryans Exploding a Scientific Myth
An Archaeological Surprise The Cities of the Indus Valley
The Great Catastrophe and the Reconstruction of the Early Indic Civilization
The Vedic Peoples in the Land of the Seven Rivers The Literary Perspective
Deciphering the IndusSarasvati Script
The Dawn of the Indic Civilization The Neolithic Town of Mehrgarh
The Spiritual Heritage of Ancient India
The Birth of Science in Ritual
Vedic Myths and Their Astronomical Basis
India and the West
The Vedas and Perennial Wisdom
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Page 13 - To know the Hindus, to understand their past and present condition, to reach their very heart and soul, we must study Sanskrit literature. It is, in truth, even more to India than classical and patristic literature was to Europe at the time of the Reformation. It gives a deeper impress to the Hindu mind.
Page 26 - The ritual system recognised by Sayana may, in its externalities, stand; the naturalistic sense discovered by European scholarship may, in its general conceptions, be accepted; but behind them there is always the true and still hidden secret of the Veda,—the secret words... which were spoken for the purified in soul and the awakened in knowledge.
Page 32 - each sacrifice and in what order they were sung. Therefore, that the young priest might master all the tunes thoroughly and have any one at command at any moment, each was connected with a single stanza of the right metre, and the teacher made his pupils sing it over and over again, until tune and stanza

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