The Celestial Key to the Vedas: Discovering the Origins of the World's Oldest Civilization

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 1999 - History - 176 pages
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A leading astronomer proves that India had a thriving civilization capable of sophisticated astronomy long before Greece, Egypt, or any other world culture.

• Provides conclusive evidence that the Rig Veda is 12,000 years old.

• Establishes actual dates and places for many of the events in the Hindu epics.

For more than a century scholars have debated the antiquity of the Vedas and their related literature, the Brahmanas and Puranas. Relying upon a host of assumptions from linguistic theory, anthropology, and archaeology, they have agreed upon 1500 b.c. as the earliest possible date for the Rig Veda, itself the oldest extant example of Indo-European literature. But in this groundbreaking book, astronomer B. G. Sidharth proves conclusively that the earliest portions of the Rig Veda can be dated as far back as 10,000 B.C.

By deciphering the astronomical events and alignments contained in mythical and symbolic form in these ancient texts, Sidharth calls into question many if not all of the assumptions governing Indo-European prehistory. He explores such subjects as the astronomical significance of many Hindu deities and myths, the system of lunar asterisms used to mark time, the identity of the Asvins, and the sophisticated calendar of the ancients that harmonized solar and lunar cycles. Sidharth provides incontrovertible evidence that such "advanced" astronomical concepts as precession, heliocentrism, and the eclipse cycle are encoded in these ancient texts, passages of which make perfect sense only if these astronomical keys are known. Based on internal evidence in the Mahabharata and Ramayana, 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 sure to astonish anyone concerned with astronomy, India, or the roots of civilization.
 

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Contents

THE CASE FOR INDIAN ASTRONOMY
15
THE ASTRONOMY OF THE HINDUS
23
THE HELIOCENTRIC THEORY IN THE RG VEDA
39
4 ASTRONOMY IN THE RG VEDA
45
THE UNMYTHICAL PURANAS A STUDY IN REVERSE SYMBOLISM
51
BRAHMAS DAY THE GREAT COSMIC CYCLE AND THE AGE OF THE RG VEDA
59
THE ANTIQUITY OF THE RG VEDA
71
A LOST ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATION IS IT VEDIC?
77
VISHNU AS ASTRONOMICAL SYMBOL FROM THE VEDAS TO THE PURANAS
109
A DATE AND PLACE FOR THE MAHABHARATA
117
ASTRONOMY SYMBOLISM AND ANCIENT INDIAN CHRONOLOGY A DATE FOR THE RAMAYANA
125
THE INDUS CIVILIZATION AN ASTRONOMICAL PERSPECTIVE
131
GLOSSARY
137
NOTES
143
PHOTOGRAPHS
159
INDEX
163

CALENDRIC ASTRONOMY ASTRONOMIC DATING AND ARCHAEOLOGY A NEW VIEW OF ANTIQUITY AND ITS SCIENCE
85

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Page 4 - Having reached the end of the night it makes itself produce two opposite effects, making day to what is below and night to what is on the other side.
Page 4 - The sun does never set nor rise. When people think the sun ta setting (it is not so). For, after having arrived at the end of the day, it makes itself produce two opposite effects, making, night to what is below and day to what is on the other side.
Page 6 - As when a drum is beaten, one cannot distinguish its various particular notes, but they are included in the general note of the drum or in the general sound produced by different kinds of strokes.

About the author (1999)

1. The Case for Indian Astronomy
2. The Astronomy of the Hindus
3. The Heliocentric Theory in the Rg Veda
4. Astronomy in the Rg Veda
5 The Unmythical Puranas: A Study in Reverse Symbolism
6. Brahma's Day: The Great Cosmic Cycle and the Age of the Rg Veda
7. The Antiquity of the Rg Veda
8. A Lost Anatolian Civilization--Is It Vedic?
9. Calendric Astronomy, Astronomic Dating, and Archaeology: A New View of Antiquity and Its Science
10. Vishnu as an Astronomical Symbol from the Vedas to the Puranas
11. A Date and Place for the Mahabharata
12. Astronomy, Symbolism, and Ancient Indian Chronology: A Date for the Ramayana
13. The Indus Civilization--An Astronomical Perspective
Glossary
Notes
Photographs
Index

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