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Discovering the Vedas : Origins Mantras Rituals Insights

Frits Staal

Published by Penguin Books, New Delhi, 2008
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Contents Preface. Transliteration of Sanskrit. I. Origins and backgrounds 1. Geography of the Vedas and their language. 2. Archaeology and the Oral Tradition. II. The Vedas 3. Civilization and society. 4. The four Vedas. 5. Rigveda. 6. Samaveda. 7. Yajurveda. 8. Atharvaveda. 9. Brahamanas and Aranyakas. 10. Upanisads. III. Analyzing the Vedas 11. Mantras. 12. Ritual. 13. Secrets of the Sadas. IV. What can we learn from the Vedas 14. Sutra Vedic Sciences. 15. Vedic insights. V. The Vedas and Buddhism 16. Buddhism. Appendixes i. Liu Hui's Proof of the Theorem of Baudhayana. ii. Euclid's Proof of the Theorem of Baudhayana. Readings. Source notes. Bibliography. Copyright acknowledgements. Index. In this unprecedented guide to the Vedas Frits Staal the celebrated author of Agni The Vedic Ritual of the Fire Altar and Universals Studies in Indian Logic and Linguistics examines almost every aspect of these ancient sources of Indic Civilization. Staal extract concrete information from the Oral Tradition and Archaeology about Vedic people and their language what they thought and did and where they went and when. He provides essential information about the Vedas and includes selections and translations. He sheds light on Mantras and rituals that contributed to what came to be known as Hinduism. Significant is a modern analysis of what we can learn from the Vedas today the original forms of the Vedic Sciences as well as the perceptive wisdom of the composers of the Vedas. The author puts Vedic civilization in a global perspective through a wide ranging comparison with other Indic philosophies and religions primarily Buddhism. For Staal originally a logician the voyage of discovering the Vedas is like unpeeling an onion but without the certainty of reaching an end. Even so his book shows that the Vedas have a logic all their own. Accessible finely argued and with a wealth of information and insight. Discovering the Vedas is for both the scholar and the interested lay reader. 420 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 69570

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Publisher: Penguin Books, New Delhi

Publication Date: 2008

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