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Proof of Vedic Culture's Global Existence Paperback – October, 2000

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About the Author

Stephen Knapp has been studying the Vedic philosophy, its history, and the traditions of India for over 30 years. He is also a sadhaka, a practitioner of its spiritual aspects, and has traveled extensively throughout India, visiting all of the major holy sites of numerous religions. He now writes, gives slide shows, and lectures about his experiences and the knowledge of the Vedic spiritual science.

Other books by Stephen Knapp carried by Amazon.com include:

The Secret Teachings of the Vedas : The Eastern Answers to the Mysteries of Life

The Universal Path to Enlightenment

The Vedic Prophecies : A New Look into the Future

How the Universe was Created and Our Purpose In It

Toward World Peace : Seeing the Unity Between Us All

Facing Death : Welcoming the Afterlife

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: World Relief Network (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961741066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961741068
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,773,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ABOUT STEPHEN KNAPP

Stephen Knapp grew up in a Christian family, during which time he seriously studied the Bible to understand its teachings. In his late teenage years, however, he sought answers to questions not easily explained in Christian theology. So, he began to search through other religions and philosophies from around the world and started to find the answers for which he was looking. He also studied a variety of occult sciences, ancient mythology, mysticism, yoga, and the spiritual teachings of the East. Finally, after his first reading of the Bhagavad-gita, the classic summary of Vedic philosophy, he felt he had found the last piece of the puzzle he had been putting together through all of his research. This increased his understanding of everything else he had been studying. Therefore, he continued to research all of the major Vedic texts of India to gain a better understanding of the Vedic science, until he became a full-fledged follower and practitioner of Sanatana-dharma.  Under the authority of Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Stephen and was given the spiritual name of Sri Nandanandana dasa and became initiated into the spiritual line of the Brahma-Madhava-Gaudiya sampradaya.

He has also been to India numerous times, and works with many organizations on lecture tours, and has visited almost every state of the country, and most of the main and many minor holy places of India.

Stephen has so far written 27 books on various aspects of Vedic culture, available through Amazon.com as both paperbacks and Kindle Ebooks, as well as 12 additional Ebooks that answer many questions about Hinduism/Vedic culture that you can find on his website at www.stephen-knapp.com or simply http://stephenknapp.info .

Stephen is also the founder of the World Relief Network which helps to spread genuine spiritual knowledge throughout the world, and is also one of the founders and president of the Vedic Friends Association (VFA), a non-profit organization for networking with other serious writers, researchers and teachers who help protect, preserve and expand the knowledge and benefits of Vedic culture, and with students who join to learn more about the Dharmic traditions. More about the VFA can be found at its website at: www.vedicfriends.org. 

An introduction to Stephen's many books, articles, research, photography of India, and other projects can be found at his website: www.stephen-knapp.com or http://stephenknapp.info.

Stephen's numerous books on various aspects of the spiritual tradition of India, include:
1. "The Secret Teachings of the Vedas,"
2. "The Universal Path to Enlightenment,"
3. "The Vedic Prophecies: A New Look into the Future," and
4. "How the Universe was Created and Our Purpose In It,"
5. "Toward World Peace: Seeing the Unity Between Us All," 
6. "The Key to Real Happiness,"
7. "Proof of Vedic Culture's Global Existence,"
8. "Facing Death: Welcoming the Afterlife,"
9. "Reincarnation and Karma: How They Really Affect Us",
10. "The Heart of Hinduism: The Eastern Path to Freedom, Empowerment and Illumination,"
11. "The Power of the Dharma: An Introduction to Hinduism and Vedic Culture,"
12. "The Eleventh Commandment: the Next Step for Social Spiritual Development,"
13. "Seeing Spiritual India" A Guide to Temples, Holy Sites, Festivals and Traditions,"
14. "Crimes Against India: And the Need to Protect its Ancient Vedic Traditions,"
15. "Destined for Infinity," a spiritual adventure into the heart of the vision of the sages,
16. "Yoga and Meditation: Their Real Purpose and How to Get Started,"
17. "Avatars, Gods and Goddesses of Vedic Culture: Understanding the Characteristics, Powers and Positions of the Hindu Divinities,"
18. "The Soul: Understanding Our Real Identity,"
19. "Vedic Culture: The Difference it can Make in Your Life," Editor with many notable authors,
20. "Prayers, Mantras and Gayatris: A Collection for Insights, Protection, Spiritual Growth, and Many Other Blessings,"
21. "Krishna Deities and Their Miracles: How the Images of Lord Krishna Interact with Their Devotees,"
22. "Defending Vedic Dharma: Tackling the Issues to Make a Difference,"
23. "Advancements of Ancient India's Vedic Culture,"
24. "Spreading Vedic Traditions Through Temples,"
25. "The Bhakti-yoga Handbook," along with additional booklets on his website. 
26. "Lord Krishna and His Essential Teachings"
27. "Mysteries of the Ancient Vedic Empire."
And a dozen other Ebooks described on his website.

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I'm very impressed with the amount of research that was presented in this book. It is interesting and one of the few nonfiction books that I could not put down once I started reading it. So many things I've wondered about and questions I've had were answered here by the information that made a lot of sense to me.
There are all kinds of bits and pieces of evidence scattered throughout numerous books and articles on the widespread influence of Vedic culture, and Stephen has collected a large amount of this to present in this one condensed volume. As he mentions in his Preface, which most critics don't seem to read, he has compiled the information from many sources and researchers who have been studying this for many years, and you can decide what evidence is most agreeable or not. However, whether you agree with it all or not, the credibility is when the numerous references and researchers that are mentioned all allude to the premise that the area of India was far larger, and Vedic culture far more influential, hundreds of years ago, creating a global culture. And this book points out why and how it can be recognized.
Personally I found the book to be fascinating and well documented and referenced. There's a lot more here than a few points of comparative linguistics. You can see the connections of the different areas of the world and religions to Vedic culture, which is the real point of the book. So if you want to get an idea of how Vedic culture had spread around the world and had been a worldwide influence, this book will certainly give you insights into this. As others have said, this book is a must read.
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Linguistic comments by negative reviewers should not deter one from reading this book. The notes on non standard linguists are pure rubbish. Non standard according to whom? and defined by whom?

Theories about Sanskrit and Indian culture written by European 'Historians'and experts with an agenda which are taken as Gospal should not be a factor. History is written by the winners to distort their world view. This book is an honest attempt to rebut the distorted theories taken as fact in the western world which should be disputed.

I would urge the reader to read with an open mind without allowing those with a hidden agenda to poison the well.

A good attempt at exposing Vedic ideas. Not fully sold on all aspects of the book, but certainly a much more honest attempt then prevailing theories put forward by Colonial quacks.
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This is an easy to read book, full of interesting information for those interested in spirituality and the history of religions.

It uses examples that are not always scientifically proven, and yes, the claims are so amazing that even if only one tenth of them would be true, it still would mean a radical new view on world history.

But science is not absolute, and so called scientists have been known to cover up the truth. I, for one, am glad to be able to read about some other perspectives on world history.

Some reviewers mentioned that comparing languages on the basis of similarity in writing is not acceptable, and they gave some examples.

I would like to give some counter-examples that I found rather convincing, such as the names of the months - Saptamber, Ashtamber, Navamber, Dashamber in Sanskrit - the analogies between Krishna and Christ, Abraham and Brahma in their contextual meaning, and the fact that the Lithuanian language still contains so much Sanskrit.

The book has a militant undertone and after reading about the Taj Mahal it is easy to understand why. This magnificent Vedic palace - like much of the Vedic culture - has been appropriated by conquerors and up to today is still widely considered the summum of Islam civilisation. Even though there is ample evidence that this is not the case, we are still taught to believe the false stories fabricated by occupiers.

It is time that the world learns the truth about this.
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This is a great book for anyone who has slightest interest in the old vedic civilization. It refutes the fallacy in the old historical books about aryan invasion etc and gloriously proves vedic culture as one source of all religions in the present world. This book is full of some very intriguing facts which really makes one think and believe the author. However, sometimes the associations of different words/names of places to a sanskrit word seems far fetched. Even then, this book is a must read for anyone interested in the subject.
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I've recently bought a copy of this book, and quite frankly I was appalled at the sheer number of factual errors, mistakes, howlers, etc. To quote a few:(i) "In England we find towns such as Lancashire, Pembrokeshire, Hampshire and Wiltshire" - these are NOT towns, they are counties, and in any case Pembrokeshire is in Wales!; (ii) He tries to make out that Canterbury is connected to the Sanskrit word 'Sankarpury' - it is NOT : it is derived from the Roman name for an indigenous tribe in that part of Kent, the Cantiae; (iii) "The 'Pound Sterling' is a corrupt form of the Sanskrit term Poundra Sterling - it is NOT: the word "Sterling" originated with the 'Esterlings', members of the Hanseatic League in Mediaeval England; (iv) mistakes with translations of Russian - "malka" is SMALL and does not mean 'Mother'; (v) lack of references to most facts, all too often completely unsubstantiated; and on , and on, and on, and on. . . . .the review by a fellow Englishman from Cheshire, singles out Mr. Knapp's predilection for changing letters around to make words sound more Sanskrit, rightly drawing comparison to those amateur historians of 200 years ago, who so desperately wanted historical facts to fit their theories that they were not adverse to "bending the facts". If I, as a Vaisnava 'Hindu' living in England, can recognize the errors and irregularities pertaining to references to Britain, then I wonder how much more has he perhaps written of other countries in like manner? A great pity, for his other books are inspiring.
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