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HINDUISM / EASTERN THOUGHT

The Celestial Key to the Vedas succeeds in shattering the time frame through which all Indo-European literature has been previously measured. With astonishing new evidence, author B. G. Sidharth proves that the earliest portions of the R. g Veda, the world’s oldest sacred teachings, can be dated back as far as 10,000 B.C. For more than a century scholars have debated the antiquity of Indian culture and the Vedas; relying upon a host of Eurocentric assumptions, they regard 1500 B.C. as the earliest possible date for the writing of the R. g Veda. Sidharth stands this belief on its head, revealing why the Vedas are, in fact, nearly eight-and-a-half millennia older.

Sidharth provides incontrovertible evidence that such advanced “European” astronomical concepts as precession, heliocentrism, and the eclipse cycle were first discovered and encoded in these ancient Indian texts, passages of which make perfect sense only if their astronomical keys are known.And by deciphering the astronomical events and alignments contained in mythical and symbolic form in these ancient texts, he uncovers the key and calls into question many--if not all--of the assumptions governing Indo-European prehistory. He explores such subjects as the astronomical significance of Hindu deities and myths, the system of lunar asterisms used to mark time, the identity of the A´svins, and the sophisticated calendar of the ancients that harmonized solar and lunar cycles. Using internal evidence from the Maha-bha-rata and Ra-ma-yan. a, he also becomes the first to establish likely dates--and even places--for the events described in these famous epics. The Celestial Key to the Vedas is a groundbreaking book, one that is sure to astonish anyone interested in astronomy, spirituality, India, or the origins of science and civilization.

DR. B. G. SIDHARTH is director of India’s B. M. Birla Science Center.He has over thirty years of experience in astronomy and science education and is a frequent consultant to astronomy journals and science centers around the globe.He lives in Hyderabad, India.

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B. G. Sidharth is director of India’s B. M. Birla Science Center.He has over thirty years of experience in astronomy and science education and is a frequent consultant to astronomy journals and science centers around the globe.He lives in Hyderabad, India.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (October 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892817534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892817535
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,131,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm not an astronomer and can't validate Sidharth's assumptions but if taken that his assumptions are, in fact, true, then Sidharth continues to provide lucid examples of astronomical examples in the Rig Veda. Sidharth, also refers to archaelogical examples of the spread of Vedic culture to countries like Turkey, and Iran. Sidharth gives very clear cut examples of the dates that astronomical occurences in the Rig Veda mention. Though the date of 10,000 B.C. (or prior) for the Rig Veda may seem preposterous to many scholars, it is a date that is being seriously considered as an accurate date by many scholars, including Western scholars. In my opinion, this book is worth reading for anyone interested in ancient history, astronomy, and archaeology.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hilda B. Pomares on September 2, 2013
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It presents a lot of data but its not backed up with good referencing. His translations you have to take with a grain of salt.
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14 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2000
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The originality of the sciences and philosophy of the Indians is fiercely denied by all mainstream Western academics. They have made it a point to browbeat the Indians and force upon them the Greek origins of Indian science. These academics provide no clear reasons for the reverse path of transfer or descent from a common ancestor not applying. In this direction Siddharth takes the right step of defending and furthering the Indian view point. He rightly points to many important developments being present in Indian astronomy. However, beyond this he weakens his case by exagerration in the opposite direction. Unreasonably early dates for the R^ig veda and rAmAyana are amidsts these key faults. He also wrongly identifies the Ashvins as being Planets Mercury and Venus. However, he does have one good point- the mahAbhArata cannot be earlier than 1500 BC. By this he thankfully rejects the ridiculous claims for an earlier date that is championed by Rajaram without any basis.
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