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The Secret Teachings of the Vedas: The Eastern Answers to the Mysteries of Life Volume One [Paperback]

Stephen Knapp
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December 15, 1993
The Secret Teachings of the Vedas provides one of the best reviews of ancient Eastern philosophy and summarizes some of the most elevated and important of all spiritual knowledge. This timeless and enlightening information is explained in a clear and concise way and is essential for all who want to increase their spiritual understanding and awareness. This is a book that can give you a new perspective of who you are and where you fit into the scheme of things.

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       Is This Book For You? Yes, if you want to understand: the science of the soul and the eternal characteristics of your real spiritual identity; the scientific evidence that indicates consciousness is separate from, but interacts with, the body;  how to attain the highest happiness and freedom from the cause of suffering; the real unity between us all which is beyond bodily identification;  reincarnation and how to determine what your next life will be by the actions you perform and the consciousness you develop;  reincarnation found in Christianity;  life after death--heaven, hell, or beyond;  the law of karma and how you accumulate good or bad karma that will affect your future;  how residents of a country collectively create national karma;  what is the spiritual realm as described in the Vedic texts;  the nature of the Absolute Truth--personal God or impersonal force;  how to recognize the existence of the Supreme;  why we exist at all;  and much more. There is also an explanation of what the Vedas are, how they were compiled, and how they have influenced Western culture for many years.
      This book supplies the straightforward answers to questions that are not resolved in other religions or philosophies, and condenses information from a wide variety of sources that would take a person years to assemble. It also uses many quotations from numerous Vedic texts that will show you the lofty insight and wisdom they have held for thousands of years.


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About the Author

Stephen Knapp has studied the major Vedic texts of India and practiced yoga and the Eastern teachings for over forty years. He has traveled extensively throughout India and has taken over 17,000 photos of the numerous holy places he has visited. He has authored over twenty well-received books on Vedic culture and its spiritual philosophy. He has also lectured at many of India's most noteworthy colleges and universities, and many places in the United States as well. He continues to write books, articles, and give lectures at various venues. More information can be found at stephen-knapp.com or stephenknapp.wordpress.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: World Relief Network; Rev Sub edition (December 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961741015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961741013
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,470,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The spiritual Journey to Mysterious Horizons September 8, 2002
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Stephen Knapp's book focus on eastern answers to the mysterious horizons explaining the theories about the universe, the souls, life after death and the ideas of the Absolute Lord. It's an indepth introduction to vedic teachings. The easter philosophy is well explained with Chapters one to four giving clear insights into who and what is your real identity and vedas give an understand as to what life really is. Chapters Two and three explain how vedas influence great men of the decade and the vedic background info of its compilation. Fifth chapter focus on Law of Karma and reincarnation. The sixth chapter is on reincarnation of different lives in different bodies. Chapter seven describes a little about universe structure and heaven n hell. Chapter eight reveals the evolution theory and vedic spiritual growth with a cycle of repeated birth and death. Chapter nine gives an insight of human existence. Tenth and eleventh chapter explain how God is Supreme Power whose influence should be recognized in our everyday Life.Chapter Twelve speaks of spiritual world which is found only in vedic literature.
I remember reading 'Our Daily Bread' booklets and having read Bible stories & Bhagwad Gita parts, do feel that Vedic Literature stands class apart when it comes to spiritual knowledge and it demands understanding and indepth reading.As most of vedic philosophy scholars know, originally refer original four vedas : The Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva Vedas. The book on Vedas refer to upanishads, Vedanta sutras, Brahmanas and aranyakas - all the texts revealing knowledge whereas the remaining parts of Vedic literature consists of the Mahabharata, Bhagwad gita, Ramayana and Puranas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insights into Spiritual Wisdom December 12, 2004
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The Secret Teachings of the Vedas is a great book to look into the lofty spiritual insights of the Vedic literature. I rarely write any such reviews, but I've been reading Knapp's books for some years now and have always found them easy to read and understand the uplifting nature of the Vedic philosophy. I also wanted to say that I don't understand how Henry Booth wrote in to say he was disappointed. It's as if he took a few points he had problems with and forgot all the other significant things in the book.

Like he says Knapp believes you only go from one physical birth to another. This is absolutely untrue since the book spends many pages dealing with the spiritual realm, along with heaven, hell, subtle realms and subtle beings. If that is not life between physical births then what is? Maybe he just didn't get that. Or did he really read the whole book? He also says that Knapp doesn't buy the Big Bang theory, which he says is a proven premise. But that depends on who you talk to. Some scientists are already saying that the Big Bang theory does not uphold the law of matter and energy, and does not properly explain how various elements could have been created. Others feel that the superclusters in space are not what would be expected from an explosive model like the Big Bang, nor would the smooth nature of the background microwave radiation that is detected. So these and other factors point out that there has to be some other explanation. So maybe there is good reason why the Vedic literature does not support what some think is the Big Bang.

So these theories are changing, as is always the case in science. But the Vedic literature does say that the universe is expanding, which is the premise from whcih the Big Bang theory was developed.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlocking the door to a vast treasure house September 7, 2002
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For too long, and for too many insidious reasons, the Vedas have been ignored, marginalised or just plain derided by Western scholars. They deserve far better treatment, and Stephen Knapp shows us why. Hidden in the Sanskrit texts of the ancient Vedic writings one can find sublime knowledge on every imaginable subject. The author is doing a great service by making this knowledge easily accessible, and anyone searching for answers to life's problems could much worse than start looking here. Well done Mr Knapp.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enlightening read February 24, 2006
By M. horn
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Stephen Knapp has the rare ability to communicate Vedic spirituality and philosophy in an insightfull and enlightened way to the average reader. One does not require previous knowledge about Vedism, just an open mind. A very worthhwile read for any person seeking a better understanding of who they are, and their role in this world.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating July 20, 1999
By A Customer
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A very readable explanation of the Vedic philosophical view of life, the world, God, etc. Must reading for anyone interested in philosophy or religion.
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This book oozes truth. Knapp is absolutely fantastic, if somewhat detailed. It's one of those books that takes a long time to read - you just have to chew on it bit by bit.
If you are searching for meaning and the answers to the deepest questions, begin here. If you've "decided" on your spiritual views, you should still read this amazing book. It will change you for the better, no matter what your beliefs.
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This book oozes truth. Knapp is absolutely fantastic, if somewhat detailed. It's one of those books that takes a long time to read - you just have to chew on it bit by bit.
If you are searching for meaning and the answers to the deepest questions, begin here. If you've "decided" on your spiritual views, you should still read this amazing book. It will change you for the better, no matter what your beliefs.
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Published 1 month ago by Christian
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read on beliefs of the ancient world
I could not put the book down although some terminology was difficult. Makes you think about the realms beyond our planet!!!
Published 11 months ago by julie pascarella
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book with some opinion thrown in there, too...
I enjoyed this book about the Vedas. There is a lot of good information and plenty of quotes to back up the points that the author is making. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Robert D. Herrick II
1.0 out of 5 stars Fundamentalist, finger-wagging narrow-mindedness
Not a good choice, unless you are a highly conservative, fundamentalist practitioner of Hinduism. Full of "wages of sin are..." stuff. Read more
Published on January 28, 2010 by vytob
5.0 out of 5 stars great information
This is a great book for those who want to know more about Eastern religions and how they view God. I found it extremely informative. Read more
Published on September 15, 2009 by venitta
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Presentation on Vedic Philosophy
I had been looking for a good book for long to understand the basics/essence of Vedic Philosophy and got tired of reading books written by arm-chair authors from some university. Read more
Published on April 8, 2009 by S. KUMAR
4.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Teachings of the Vedas - brief impression
The book is quite heavy going, but very informative. You need patience and perserverence to wade through, but if you are really keen about the Vedas, the effort spent reading... Read more
Published on November 3, 2006 by Dr. R. Pathmanathan
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Virtually all the reviews on the Amazon.com site gave this book 5 stars so I had high expectations of this book. Read more
Published on September 15, 2004 by Henry Booth
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