The Science of the Rishis

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  • Copyright: 2/5/2015
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions

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A complete introduction to Sanatana Dharma, the spiritual science of the Hindu sages

• Examines how many core concepts of Hinduism, including Brahman, Atman, bhakti, karma, and reincarnation, relate to modern science

• Explores the scientific discoveries of the rishis, ancient Vedic sages, and how they have only recently been rediscovered by Western scientists

• Reveals the concepts of quantum physics hidden within the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Puranas

Called “the scientists of Hinduism,” the rishis of ancient India were the scribes of the Vedas. They developed the spiritual science of Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma, as their way of ensuring the constant renewal and progress of India’s spiritual tradition and culture. Sanatana Dharma permeates every aspect of Hindu culture, from religion to the arts to the sciences. Woven within its Vedic texts lie all of the essential concepts of quantum physics and other modern scientific discoveries.

Providing a complete introduction to the science of Sanatana Dharma, Vanamali reveals how the core concepts of Hinduism, including Brahman, Atman, bhakti, karma, and reincarnation, relate to modern science and how the scientific discoveries of the ancient rishis have been recently rediscovered by the West. She examines the scientific principles within the classic stories and texts of India, including the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Puranas. Within the teachings of the ancient Puranic sages and saints such as Valmiki and Vyasa and legendary physicians and mathematician-philosophers such as Aryabhatta and Varahamihir, the author reveals great scientific truths--not those believed by the ancient world, but truths still upheld by modern science, particularly quantum physics. She explores Desha and Kaala (Space and Time), Shankara and his philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, and the Hindu sciences of mathematics, astronomy, and Vedic astrology.

In illustrating the scientific basis of Hinduism and the discoveries of its sages, Vanamali provides a window into the depths of this most ancient spiritual way of life.

Author Biography

Mataji Devi Vanamali has written 8 books on the gods of the Hindu pantheon, including Shakti, Hanuman, Shiva, The Complete Life of Krishna, and The Complete Life of Rama, as well as translating the Bhagavad Gita. She is the founder and president of Vanamali Gita Yoga Ashram Trust, dedicated to sharing the wisdom of Sanatana Dharma and charitable service to children. She lives at the Vanamali ashram in Rishikesh, northern India.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Essentials of Hinduism
By Pujya Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha Maharaj

Introduction: The Scientific Vision of the Rishis

1   The Rishis
    Spiritual Scientists at the Dawn of Time

2   The Vedas
    Royal Road to Knowledge

3   Brahman and Atman
    The Wave Is the Ocean

4   The Upanishads
    Revelations of Timeless Truth

5   The Puranas and Itihasas
    Legendary Sources of History, Psychology, and Science

6   Bhakti
    The Science of Devotion

7   Karma
    The Science of Action

8   The World of Maya
    Reality Is Not What We Think It Is

9   Desha and Kaala
    Exploring Space and Time

10   Vedic Astronomy, Astrology, and Mathematics
      From the Speed of Light to Leaves on a Tree

11   Scientists of Hinduism
      Revealers of the Secrets of Creation

12   Mantras and Yantras
      The Power of Sounds and Symbols

13   The Goals of Sanatana Dharma
      Experiential Science of Truth, Goodness, and Peace

Appendix: Poems to India

Glossary of Sanskrit Terms



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