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.
2nd Uism ed.
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Vanamali has written an 'authoritative' book explaining many aspects of Sanatana dharma (Hinduism), the religion practiced by over a billion people on earth. With thirteen chapters and a rich glossary for Sanskrit words, Vanamali has attempted to bring to life the very foundation of Hinduism and she has succeeded brilliantly in doing so.
For a casual observer, Hinduism and its beliefs and practices can be quite mysterious and confusing. It has 33 million deities, three main gods (Brahma - the creator, Vishnu - the preserver and Shiva - the destroyer) and innumerable goddesses. All of these heavenly beings make sure that the creation will not follow an easy to understand linear model, but a cyclical model in which the four epochs (yugas) will come one after the other, and this cycle will go on and on. There is no beginning and no end. Even for the Indians who have been born and raised in India, the many details of their faith are hard to fathom. When people of other faiths...
There are many books written about Sanatana dharma, the code of righteous living according to Hindu scriptures. What makes this book unique is that it strives to explain three aspects of Hindu spirituality:
First, it is a concise and essential explanation of the basic tenets of sanatana dharma
Second, it relates these tenants to principles of modern science only recently “discovered”
Three, it posits that the ancient rishis were the world’s first “scientists.”
The author, Vanamali, a renunciant with her own ashram in India, succeeds quite well in balancing these three elements to her book.
Vanamali begins her treatment by discussing sanatana dharma as presented in its major works: the Vedas, Brahmanas, Puranas, the Gita, Mahabharata. She explains the sanatana dharma presented in the major paths to liberation, the paths of jnana (knowledge) and bhakti (devotion). The sanatana dharma is also explained...
The best book that I have ever read.
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