The Vedas An Introduction to Hinduism's Sacred Texts ePUB

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  1. Rohi Krishna Rohi Krishna says:

    Good insight

  2. DBV Subbarao DBV Subbarao says:

    This is a good reference on Vedas The book dwells on the Vedic Literature as well as the Historical context for the VedasAn overview of the Vedic literature is provided at the outset Historical Context The book looks at various theories for the Vedic homeland and proposes that there was no Aryan migration The following migration theories are analyzed • Anatolia South Russian Steppes Central Asia Iran BMAC • No migration – only cultural exchangesIran is particular is covered in considerable detailThe whole sale Aryan migration theory appears to be invalid in any case The entire region covering the above locations had bi directional exchanges by 2500 BCE There were no great migrations but trade and cultural exchanges including marriage Most of the Vedic sites are shown to be in South Asia The rivers plants trees birds and animals listed in the Rig Veda are from North India Pakistan Indus Ganga plains and the mountains to the north As a Conclusion the book gets back on the uestion of origins• The Rig vedic people were located in India Pakistan eastern Iran and southern Afghanistan – the period referred is between 4000 BCE to 1000 BCE Not the text itself• Language dispersion is not necessarily related with ethnicity Language and Gnetics are not necessarily related• There is no clear evidence of migration• Within Harappan Civilization there is diversity – between Harappa and Kot Diji• Ancient india was multi cultural land in which the rig vedic people were one of manyVedic Literature The following Vedic literature is covered in the bookSamhitas• Rig Veda – Religious text has Prayers to Deities• Yajur Veda – Sacrifices• Sama Veda – Musical method of chanting the verses• Atharva Veda – Covers multiple topics – addresses the daily concerns of peopleLiterature related to the Vedas• Brahmananas – provide explanation and guidance for priests• Aranyakas – Instructions for Vaanaprastha special sacrifies• Upanishads – Seek the supreme goal ultimate knowledge Philosophically a great advance over ritualistic BrahmanasVedangas – Texts that enable one understand Vedas• Shisksha – Pronunciation• Nirukta – Etymology history of a word Glossory• Vyakarana – Grammar• Chhandas – Metre for Chanting• Jyotishya – Astronomy• Kalpa Sutras – Instructions which are smrithi remembered not shruthi divinely revealed• Shrauta Sutras – Instructions for Agnihotra• Grihya Sutras – Domestic Sacrifies• Dharma Sutras – Laws and Customs Manu Smrithi is an exampleUpavedas – further developed as separate branches of knowledge • Ayurveda – Science of medicine• Gandharva Veda – Music and Dance• Dhanur Veda – Archery and Military ScienceSchools of Philosophy upholding the sanctity of Vedas• Nyaya – Logic and Analysis• Mimamsa – Analysis• Vedanta – philosophy based on Upanishads• Vaisheshika – Physics Meta physics atomic structure of universe• Samkhya – sees the world as two principles The purpose of Samkhya is to free the knower from that which is to be known Samkhya texts state that Vedic sacrifices do not lead anywhereand the path to liberation is only through knowledge and understanding Founded by Kapila • Prakriti • Potentiality of Nature through which the material and psychic world comes into being • That which is to be known • Purusha • Soul • The knowerThe book presents a glossary of details for ready reference• List of Tribes and Clans• List of Gods referred in the Samhitas • List of Rituals and SacrificesThe sacrifices are classified as Shrauta elaborate and Grihya domestic On the Scarifies the descriptions in samhitas appear to be symbolic rather than literalThe list of Gods is presented in an alphabetical order A logical grouping or hierarchical is easier to grasp We do have one logical view included the book• Overall 33 gods• 8 Vasus – Aspects of Nature • 11 Rudras – Aspects of Mortal Body• 12 Adityas – 12 months of a year• 1 Indra• 1 Prajapati• The above 33 gods can be reduced to 6 higher order abstractions• Agni Fire• Prithvi Earth• Vayu Air• Antarisksha Sky• Aditya Sun• Dyaus Heaven• The 6 gods can be abstracted to 3 loks• Bhooloka• Antar loka• Brahma loka• The three lokas can be abstracted to two aspects• Annam Matter• Prana Life Force• One Cosmic Force BrahmanA collections of hymns are included in the Appendix

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The Vedas An Introduction to Hinduism's Sacred Texts [Reading] ➼ The Vedas An Introduction to Hinduism's Sacred Texts ➲ Roshen Dalal – Your essential guide to the Vedas When were the Vedas written and why Who were the people who composed them Where did they come from how did they live uestions conjectures and debates go hand in hand Your essential guide An Introduction ePUB ☆ to the Vedas When were the Vedas written and why Who were the people who composed them Where did they come from how did they live uestions conjectures and debates go hand in hand with the Vedas the sacred keystone texts of Hinduism Now noted historian Roshen Dalal sifts through centuries of information and The Vedas PDF/EPUB ² research to present in a straightforward and succinct manner an account of the Vedas that is authoritative yet accessible thus appealing to both scholars and lay readers In this book key insights into the Vedas are complemented by a celebration of the poetry that lies within the texts Using socio economic data and archaeological and linguistic research the Vedas An Introduction PDF/EPUB ¼ author introduces us to the Vedic era enabling us to understand the culture and philosophy that produced these ancient and sublime textso Based on original research and numerous Vedas An Introduction to Hinduism's PDF \ authoritative sources including auxiliary texts and early commentarieso Appendices featuring selected hymns from all four Vedas and listing all the hymns that make up the Rig Vedas Conveniently cross referenced Vedas An Introduction to Hinduism's PDF \ with a wealth of information.

  • Paperback
  • 424 pages
  • The Vedas An Introduction to Hinduism's Sacred Texts
  • Roshen Dalal
  • English
  • 01 December 2016
  • 9780143066385