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Vedic View of the Earth

A Geological Insight into the Vedas

 Vedas are indisputably the oldest of mankind's documents. Which not just magnificently articulate the early civilized man's wonderment about the cosmos and his yearnings for the divine, but also unfold the foundations of....read below

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 Vedas are indisputably the oldest of mankind's documents. Which not just magnificently articulate the early civilized man's wonderment about the cosmos and his yearnings for the divine, but also unfold the foundations of many ancient sciences, like mathematics, astronomy, alchemy, metallurgy, botany and medicine. This book, however, is the first ever effort to show how Vedas embody the earliest discourses on the earth and the earth-related phenomena.

Combining in him the acumen of a professional earthscientist and a highly proficient Sanskritist, Dr. Murthy marshals the whole extent of geological data from the Vedic/post-Vedic literatures, and even some of the later works, like Varahmihira's Brihatsamhita (of the 5th century ad) -- in his thematic effort to highlight the Vedic worldview of the earth and, importantly, how it almost approximates the projections of modern earthscience.

Developed from over three decades of Dr. Murthy's researches in ancient Sanskrit literature, the study employs contemporary scientific idiom to describe Vedic perception of the earth, its origin, shape, dimensions, constitution, movements, quakes/tremors, and its position vis-a-vis the solar system, stars and ethereal space. Also including, contextually, the Vedic idea of heliocentricity, the book puts forth the Veda-based methods for deciphering/predicting deep-focus earthquakes -- for future research and investigation.

Together with a glossary of Sanskrit terms and relevant bibliographic references, this geological perspective on the Vedas will fascinate scholars, specialists and discerning readers alike.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124600917
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124600910
  • Edition : 2nd impression
  • Year : 2013
  • Pages : xxvi, 306 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 12 Figures; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 500 gm

Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations

Introduction

PART I
THEORETICAL OBSERVATIONS

1. Bhu Mandala

Subject-Matter of the Vedic Literature

The Rigveda -- The Yajurveda -- The Samaveda -- The Atharvaveda

Geological Aspects of Hindu Religion

Indra -- Agni -- Maruts and Vayu -- Varuna -- Dyavaprithvi and Bhumi -- Antariksha -- Apah

2. Graha Mandala

The Grahas

Savitri, Aditya, Pushan, Vishnu -- Soma -- Role of the Luminaries in the Vedic Calendar -- Pancagrahas

Graha-Yajna
Prakashaka Grahas

The Sun -- The Moon -- Mars -- Mercury -- Jupiter -- Venus -- Saturn

Aprakashaka Grahas

Rahu -- Ketu

3. Nakshatra Mandala

Ashvini
Bharani
Krittika
Rohini
Mrigashira
Ardra
Punarvasu
Pushya
Ashlesha
Magha
Purvaphalguni
Uttaraphalguni
Hasta
Citra
Swati
Vishakha
Anuradha
Jyeshtha
Mula
Purvashadha
Uttarashadha
Shravana
Dhanishtha
Shatabhisha
Purvabhadra
Uttarabhadra
Revati

PART II
APPLICATION

4. Formulation of the Theory of the Earth

The Concept of the Divine Earth
Earth's Electric Fieldas Noted in the Indra Suktas
The Geothermal Field as Noted in the Agni Suktas
The Hydrosphere as Described in the Ap Suktas
The Atmosphere as Noted in the Vayu Suktas
The Luni-Solar Calendar of the Earth
Formulation of the Theory of the Earth

5. The 'Vedic Theory of the Earth' in Practice

The Formation of Luminaries, Planets and Nodes
Age of the Earth
Shape of the Earth
Dimensions of the Earth
Constitution of the Earth
Movements of the Earth
The Earthquakes
The Problem of Predicting Earthquakes -- Vedic Method for Predicting Deep Shock Earthquakes -- The Advanced Ephemeris

6. Resume

Figures
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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