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    DescriptionA 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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    Title
    Celestial Key to the Vedas
    Subtitle
    Discovering the Origins of the World's Oldest Civilization
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) B. G. Sidharth
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780892817535
    ISBN 10: 0892817534
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T10.0
    BIC E4L: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: VXA
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET080
    Ingram Theme: CULT/INDIAN, CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24720
    BIC subject category V2: HRG
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
    Ingram Theme: RELI/HINDU
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A13322800, A52010000
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/INDIAN
    BISAC V2.8: SCI004000, REL032000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC21: 294.59212
    DC22: 294.5/921046
    LC classification: BL1112.47 .S57 1999
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 294.5921046
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: VXA, QRD
    Edition
    1
    Edition statement
    Original ed.
    Illustrations note
    Ill.
    Publisher
    Inner Traditions Bear and Company
    Imprint name
    Inner Traditions Bear and Company
    Publication date
    02 January 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Rochester, VT
    Author Information
    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.
    Back cover copy
    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 Asvins, 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.