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Ancient Indian Thought and It’s Wisdom

(An exposition of ancient Indian civilization and its thought in the light of its relevance to modern life by Jijnasa Foundation for Education and Research, Sarasota, Florida.)

 What do we all want to know and understand? For most of us, the answer is everything that comes into our human experience – Life, Feelings, Emotions, Objects, the world, Who We Are on this planet Earth? And why?

Thoughts & Wisdom

In portraying the thoughts and wisdom of this civilization, dating back 9,000 years, making it one of the world’s oldest, we have avoided exploration of merely the narrow lane of historical research, but consider the relevance and validity of its teachings to our own global society today. The Jijnasa Foundation provides a great source of strength and wisdom in today’s challenging world.

Foundation of Vedic Civilization

The foundations of the Vedic civilization were laid by sages or seers, Rishis, whose vision penetrated deeply into questions like this, but did not stop at these mundane questions. They enquired further, the meaning of natural laws, the nature of Spirit, the origin of Universe, and what is beyond the cycle of life, birth and death, like the relation between Body, Mind, Intelligence, Soul and Spirit.

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Did this great ancient civilization contribute significantly to Science? The question is often asked: What has ancient India, boasting itself as a unique civilization, contributed to the world of science? This question is asked with an implied derision that science and technology is almost entirely the creation of western civilization; and the east is simply.

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History

Various aspects of the Indus and Saraswati river valley civilization, much based in the now dried up Saraswati river valley, its main sites, Harappa and Mohenjadaro, other cities like Magda, Kohlagiri and Dwaraka, its widespread trade and the distribution of its artifacts..

Vedic System

Examine the vast array of source books of the Vedic system forming the foundation of ancient Indian Thought. It highlights the message and meaning of Vedic source books: The Vedas, Upanishads, Brahmasutras, and the major Puranas, the Mahabharatha, Ramayana..

Culture

Rich, colorful, and captivating life and doings of the people of this ancient civilization. It presents a living and vibrant people who, while enjoying a multifaceted life, were focused on the true meaning of life and beyond. This section portrays the art, architecture, drama and dance, various festivals customs..

Intellectual Heritage

Focused on the ancient language, Samskrit, unique amongst languages of the world, often aptly termed, the Mother of all Languages. Despite its origin, several millennia before the Christian era, it is still a living language, as it’s immense literature is studied by scholars and researchers worldwide..

Health & Wellness

Derived from the practice of Yoga and applications of the Vedic science of health, healing, the life-span – Ayurveda. This is highlighted in our next theme. The importance of health was emphasized by ancient seers as – Shareeramadyamkhalu..

Yoga

What is Yoga? Classically described as the melding of body and mind, yoga is a routine of harnessing the internal energies of our body and mind to reach perfect harmony that will elevate our quality of life to incredible heights. It was taught as a discipline..

Samskaras

Deals with important milestones of life. Our ancestors designed ingenious landmarks involving ceremonies and prayers to mark key transitional stages in life. These have evolved as ceremonial processes, and continue to be observed in orthodox sections..

Potpourri

Regional talent arts, festivities, temple worship, public ceremonies and celebrations which have evolved over a course of time, but were rooted in the traditions of ancient time; Varied traditions, practices and other facets of Indian traditional life..

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Archaeology

The Mohenjo-Daro, Harappan and other associated archeological finds belong to the civilization identified in the Vedas as the Sindhu Sarasvati (Indus-Saraswati) civilization, i.e. the Vedic civilization. Let’s explore great Indian Archaeology.

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Civilization

The people of this Civilization who gave the world such treasures as the Vedas, Upanishads and the great Bhagawad-geeta, were natives of the land, and did not come to the Sindhu Sarasvati basin as invaders.

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Evidence

Impartial appraisal of Linguistic evidence, Astronomical projections with newly developed software, Paleontological evidence and Satellite maps of Sarasvati Basin, and a total insight into what constituted the Vedic culture.

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Theories

The controversial theories developed during the colonial era,assigning 1600 BCE as the earliest period of Vedic thought, and still persisting in the writings of certain western scholars finds no validity in these studies.

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Ancient Indian Sayings

  • “The East bowed low before the blast, In patient, deep disdain. She let the legions thunder past, And plunged in thought again.”

    Matthew Arnold (1822 - 1888)Oberman Once Again

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