Vedic Cosmography and Astronomy

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 2004 - Cosmography - 242 pages
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The mysteries of the fifth Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam have long puzzled students of Vedic cosmography and astronomy. Confronted with a description of the universe that seems much at variance with the information provided by our senses and standard astronomical calculations, foreign observers and even Indian commentators from the middle ages up to the present have concluded that the Bhagavatam`s account elaborated in other Puranas must be mythological. On the other hand the same persons have been much impressed with vedic astronomical treatises the jyotisasastras which provide remarkably accurate measurements of the solar system.
 

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There appear to be the critical reviews that are misidentifying the author of this particular work, with someone else. Who I do not know. This particular Richard Leslie Thompson (1947-2008) did not hold an affiliation with Christian missions. There is no record to be found. Perhaps there could be some confusion as more than one "Richard L. Thompson" can be located with a Google search. Vedic Cosmology and Astronomy does not discuss Biblical theology, if at all, in any detail — it would be off topic. 

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It is excellent, very professional work made by professional scientist with solid reputation. Must-read book for everyone who interests in history of science, Indian philosophy and, of course, incline to spiritual practice. It puts so profound background to the spiritual philosophy of the East.

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Astronomical Siddhantas
7
Vedic Cosmography
47
The Vertical Dimension
83
The Empirical Case for the Vedic World System
105
Modern Astrophysics and the Vedic Perspective
119
Red Shifts and the Expanding Universe
145
Questions and Answers
161
Appendix
174
Appendix
181
Bibliography
201
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