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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
File Size: 1305 KB
Print Length: 430 pages
Publisher: Stephen Knapp, The World Relief Network (February 1, 2000)
I bought this book right here on Amazon and it takes some time to get through it as it is a relatively larger sized book. It has a lot of useful information like how sanskrit is related to other ancient languages like greek, latin, hittite, and mittani with common words like matr, pitr, sapta,....etc. This is pertinent as it shows there is some relationship between the vedic india kingdom and far off countries in europe like Italy, Greece, and Ireland. But there is also a few spurious facts like austrailia is a derived vedic name because of the sanskrit name astral-alaya (the land of the missiles). This is erroneous because the english word austrailia is derived from the latin word austrailis, which means southern land or land that is south. Now, this latin word austrailis maybe derived from a sanskrit orgin but it has nothing to do with land of the missiles. An english explorer or military man (I forgot) named the continent that in Latin as it went well with the other geographic continentinal names. I have to commend Stephen on enlightening me on facts in ancient European artifacts that show instances of vedic culture. An example would be of frescoes in Etruscian cities depicting the Ramanayam. Or how Druids, and anicient egyptian priests wear dhotis, bathe their deities and offer their deities food just like Hindu priets have done and still do today. He also points out major places and countries were descended from vedic rishis. Like how the area around the caspian sea was named and are the descendents of the sage Kashyap. Also, how egyptians and ancient egypt is descended from the Raja Yayati. This all makes sense and I would presume the rishis mated with different beings like Daityas, Kinnaras or Gandharvas to create the different races. If not, then everybody on earth would look like the Indian race and there would not different people of different races that look different from one another. Scientists have found out all people of the caucasian race have descended from one person. This makes perfect sense when you read this book. To summarize, this is a great book to learn how vedic culture was the one culture which everything spurned from. This is not so outrageous or ridiculous to believe. From one comes many multiples. Even in the bible, abraham started the whole jewish people and race. From that one person, there is now so many varieties of humans who are jewish and now who live on this earth. Why is it ludicrous to not think that vedic rishis started human civilization and culture? If you get a chance you should buy this book and learn about real history. Not the history you are brainwashed in school telling you that the aryans invaded India or that sanskrit is derived from a mother indo-european lanaguage. In this book, you will learn about the real history of mankind (english world derived from the sanskrit word manu for man) coming from authortiative vedic sources that came directly from god.
The author should be congratulated for underlining the fact that Vedic patrimony forms the very substrate on which all other cultures are based. Although attention has been drawn to the affinities between Sanskrit and other languages, mention should have been made of the fact that Vedic sciences and arts pioneered the flowering of these subjects globally. More careful editing could have eliminated redundant information and some misleading assumptions. Thus, it is incorrect to equate the antiquity of the Indus-Sarasvati civilization with that in Mesopotamia, although white race supremacists have done so arbitrarily to embellish their own ancestry. Whereas archeological evidence at Mehragarh has firmly established the former to go back to at least 8000 BC, there is no evidence that the latter took shape before 6000 BC. Also, the author opines that the message of Jesus was directed to poor Hindus whereas in reality the period between Ashoka and Gupta Empires was the golden age of Bharata with free food, lodging and health care for all. Indeed, there is no evidence for colonies of poor Hindus in the area where Jesus practiced his ministry although colonies of affluent Hindu traders were to be found from Philippines to Arabia.
Although Steven Knapp's 'Proof of Vedic Culture's Global Existence' has some very real weaknesses, it would be unwise to dismiss the whole of his thesis out of hand. In particular, he certainly seems to be on to something when he points out that there is little if any evidence to support the received view of an 'Aryan Invasion of India.'
It would seem that this THEORY - which is all it is - is a MYTH propagated by Western Scholars who wished, for politically motivated reasons, to devalue the achievements of Ancient India. As such it becomes not unlike certain other current myths which have been planted in the common mind and that work to prevent a true understanding of the past.
Those who may be interested in pursuing this matter should try to find a copy of David Frawley's 'Gods, Sages and Kings : Vedic Secrets of Ancient Civilization.' His article, 'The Myth of the Aryan Invasion of India' which appeared in "The India Times", can be found through Google and is available at: [...]
On another note, although I'm not a linguist it's my understanding that language tends to evolve from an older and earlier complexity of grammar towards a later simplicity, and if we look at Sanskrit, Ancient Greek, Latin and English what we find is that Sanskrit is more complex than Ancient Greek, Ancient Greek is more complex than Latin, and Latin is more complex than English. The movement from complexity to relative simplicity has been from East to West, and not West to East.
I bought Mr. Knapp's book as part of my interest in our earliest civilizations. While he provides a wealth of information, the book is often tedious, and his presentation stops far short of the "proof" he promises. Most of the evidence consists of linguistic analysis, which is not something the average reader finds fascinating. Little is offered in the way of physical artifacts to supplement the argument. Despite my disappointments, I recommend Knapp's book to those looking to understand the origins of human civilization. The reader also needs to know that the author has a point of view here, and I didn't think for a moment that he was objective in his analysis.
a very interesting,factual revelation of the proof that "history is always written by the winners".Each chapter read required the the obligatory ,"who knew" observation. I look forward to further reading by this author.....