Echoes of Ancient Indian Wisdom

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Pustak Mahal, Jan 1, 2008 - Hindu philosophy - 306 pages
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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. Covering the vastness and immensity of the ancient Indian scriptures is akin to capturing a gigantic ocean in a small pitcher. Thus, in this book, the author has tried to catch a few 'echoes' resonating with age-old wisdom and has presented them to the readers. the book unravels the knowledge hidden inside the Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads of the Shruti that form the Vedas, and in the Smriti like Agamas, Dharma Shastras and so on. In short, it provides a glimpse, or rather a macro view of the ancient treasure of India.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
The Vedas Origin Content Shakhas and Structure
19
The Vedas Interpretations Criticism and Symbolism
48
RigVeda
84
SamaVeda
105
YajurVeda
126
AtharvaVeda
188
The Other Related Texts
227
Itihasas and Puranas
253
References
301
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