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Vedic Heritage for Global Harmony and Peace in Modern Context

by: Surendra N. Dwivedi , Bal Ram Singh

This volume delves into the different aspects of Vedic tradition, having global harmony and peace as the focus. It suggests one how to co-exist in the Upaniùads, how to practise Hindu universalism and the impact of âyurveda and the Bhagavad-Gita on our mental health, and the syncretism in ancient education.

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ISBN: 9788124606421
Year Of Publication: 2012
Edition: 1st
Pages : xvii, 921p.
Bibliographic Details : 3 Maps, 31 line drawing & b/w photographs; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 1500

Overview

The collection of scholarly articles presented in the volume explores various aspects of Vedic traditions, especially relating to global harmony and peace, in the present-day context. The Proceedings of the Sixth World Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES) Conference emphasise Vedic traditions as not confined to the Indian subcontinent today but as having spread to different parts of the globe. They deal with the essence of Vedanta, the contribution of the epic literature, history relating to the Rigvedic Aryans, Vedic sciences, and socio-economic and political aspects of Vedic life. Offering fresh ideas, they highlight the significance of the Vedic system for ensuring global peace and harmony, and satisfaction in the present. They study the concept of harmony and peace, and emphasise on the co-existence in the Upanishads, the Hindu concept of universalism, the importance of the Ayurveda and the Bhagavad-Gita in maintaining mental health, and on the global unity and syncretism in the education provided in ancient India. Attempts are made to cull out management ideas from the Mahabharata, and throw light on the relevance of the Arthashastra in modern-day geo-politics and the special relevance of Sanatana Dharma in the modern world. In the process, the scholars reveal the fictional aspects that have been linked to the Indian traditions and the related social evils.
The volume will interest a range of scholars of Indology and general readers as it explores the ancient Indian tradition, especially the Vedic tradition, in a comprehensive manner.

Contents

Preface
Introduction
Global peace and harmony
1. Vedopanishadic Laws for Global & Auspicious Peace, Harmony and Satisfaction
— Dhananjay B. Ghare
— M.K. Sridhar
2. Vedic Ideas for Global Harmony and Peace in the Modern Context
— Avadhesh Kumar
— Sudhendu Shekhar
3. Natural and Man-made Calamities
— Jagdish C. Maheshri
4. Vedic Literature : Its Relevance for Global Harmony and Peace
— Vanitha Ramaswamy
5. Harmony and Peace : The Upanishadic Way
— Sureshwar Sharma
6. Global Harmony and Samjnana-Sukta of Rigveda and Other Vedic Mantras
— Jai Taneja
7. Vedic Ideas in Modern Context
— Bhawaan tatavarthy
8. Vedas and Harmony
— Yagya Prasad Tiwari
9. The Hindu Concept of Universalism
— Neelam Trivedi
VedAnta
10. The Self as an Instrument of Peace : Wisdom from Various Indian Sources and from Modern Psychology
— Hal W. French
11. Global Harmony and Peace — A Rigvedic View
— Asha Lata Pandey
12. Universal Harmony and Unity — As Depicted in the Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita
— Brahmanand Pathak
13. Vision of Unity and Global Peace in Vedic Wisdom
— Khagendra Patra
14. Concept of Perception : Vedic Darshana and Modern Psychophysics
— Rai Gyan Narain Prasad
15. Significance of the Verse “Yadihyaham Na Varteyam” in the Bhagavad-Gita
— K.V. Venkateswara Rao
16. Elements of Philosophy in Vedas
— Ganesh Dutt Sharma
17. Co-existence in the Upanishad
— Sundari Siddhartha
18. Upanishads : Repository of the Vedic Wisdom
— R.P. Singh
19. Crisis of Modern Era and the Philosophy of Total-Vision (Samyak-Jnana)
— Neelima Sinha
20. Sri Sathya Sai Baba and Mandukya Upanishad
— Klaus Witz
HEALTH and Ayurveda
21. Vedic Science of Healing with Light
— Howard Beckman
22. Ayurveda and Gita for Mental Health
— Vaidya Suresh Chaturvedi
23. Jivana — The Key to Happiness
— Diwakar Sukul
— Sara Ives
24. Eastern Psychotherapy : Advancing the Treatment of Depression
— Diwakar Sukul
Dialogue
25. Mental States in the Spiritual Path : Common Threads in the Mandukya Upanishad
and Bonaventure’s Itinerarium Mentis in Deum
— Mark J. Richard (Vivek)
Education
26. Hindu Perspectives on Humanity
— K.L. Seshagiri Rao
27. Global Unity in Ancient Indian Education
— Shashi Tiwari
Epics
28. Mahabharata — Mine of Management Ideas
— Lollah G.K. Murthy
29. Aditya-Hridayam Þ A Universal Prayer to Sun God
— Tenneti C. Rao
History
30. Rivedic Aryans: “Invaders” or “Indigenous”?
— B.B. Lal
31. Syncretism and Acculturations in Ancient India : A Critique of Late and Large Aryan
Migration Models
— Sujay Rao Mandavilli
32. A New Paradigm: Beyond the Aryan Invasion
— Navaratna S. Rajaram
33. Indian Historical Paradoxes
— Vrindavan Brannon Parker
Science
34. Future Vedic Sciences — Research Directions
— B.V. Venkatakrishna Sastry
— Surendra N. Dwivedi
35. Are Distributed Energy Systems Optimal in India?
— Narayanan Komerath
— Padma Komerath
36. In Praise of Maruts Þ The Bad-i-Sad-o-Bist Winds in Afghanistan
— P.V. Pathak
37. Scientific Basis of One Global Human Family
— Sureshwar Sharma
— Rajeshwari Rana
38. Sri Aurobindo’s Neo-Vedic Synthesis for Global Harmony and Peace: A New Science
of Self, Personality, and Psychology
— Suneet Varma
dharma, yoga and vrata
39. Synthesis of Four Yogas in the Gita
— Shyam Narayan Shukla
40. Sanàtana Dharma and its Special Relevance in the Modern World
— Swami Jyotirmayananda
41. Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga on a Western Campus
— Beloo Mehra
42. Ethics, Rituals and Religions in Daily Life
— C.M. Bhandari
socio-economic and political
43. Rigvedic Brahmanas: Social Status
— Oleg Perzashkevich
44. Rigvedic Varna: Ancient Social Concept
— Oleg Perzashkevich
45. Manu’s Concept of Prayashcitta (Atonement)
— Asha Rani Tripathi
46. Indic Traditions and Social Evils: Facts and Fictions of Gender Favouritism
— Bal Ram Singh
— Simanta Roy
47. Inconsistencies Between Vedic Ideas and Basic Economic Models and Principles
— Anuradha Anand
48. Governance, Organization and Knowledge Management in Indian Heritage
— S. Ram Mohan
49. South Asian Identities : Implications for Political Activity
— Anuja Prashar
50. Legal and Political Status of Dharmashastras
— Shashi S. Sharma
51. Vision of Chanakya : Relevance of Arthashastra in Modern-day Geopolitics
— Kamlesh Kapur
Contributors
Index

Meet the Author
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Dr. Surendra N. Dwivedi is the Board of Reagents Eminent Scholar, Professor and the Director of UL Lafayette’s Virtual Reality and Product Realization Laboratory and also is a Professor in UL Lafayette’s Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. He has done extensive meaningful research in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma, organized many technical workshops and seminars, and has consulted major corporations, such as Ford Motor Co., GM, GE, and IBM. He has published more than 200 research papers in the broad domain of Product Development, Green Manufacturing, Shipbuilding and Robotics and had edited several conference proceedings. He has guided over 100 students at MS and Ph.D. levels. Dr.Dwivedi has been involved in countless research projects from NSF, DOE, BoRSF, DARPA, NASA, US-Army, and Navy. He founded the International Society for Productivity Enhancement, International Journal of Agile Manufacturing and the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Systems and serves as Chief Editor of the latter. He was also a co-founder and Associate Editor for the International Journal of Concurrent Engineering: Research and Applications. Dr. Dwivedi was the recipient of more than 30 awards for teaching and research, professional activities and community services including the Outstanding Researcher Award for 1990-91 and 1991-92 at West Virginia University, and he also received the Outstanding Leadership Award there in 1993. Recently he has been awarded with the most honorable award by Louisiana Engineering Foundation for faculty professionalism award. He has a passion to see every child receive an education, and he engages in many public services including his involvement in The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, a program in India providing education to children across the country. In addition, Dr.Dwivedi is serving as President of the World Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES), a collective scholastic effort to explore and educate the past, present and future. As a professor, he teaches challenging courses, but also maintains an admirable relationship with his students. He believes that there is no shortcut in life, we have to work hard. Everybody can’t be Einstein, but everyone can work hard. As a professor, he teaches challenging courses, but also maintains an admirable relationship with his students. He believes that there is no shortcut in life, we have to work hard. Everybody can’t be Einstein, but everyone can work hard. LES has affirmed that Dr.Dwivedi is a person of great influence at the university, the engineering community and the global community at large.
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Dr Bal Ram Singh is the Director of Center for Indic Studies at UMass – Dartmouth. As a Professor of Biophysical Chemistry and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and the Director of Botulinum Research Center, he has been conducting research since 1990, on botulinum and tetanus neurotoxins, and lately also on yoga, mind, and consciousness. He has published three books and over 200 articles. He is the editor of the Journal Light on Ayurveda and International Journal of Indian Culture.
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