Before the Beginning and after the End: Beyond the Universe of Physics

Before the Beginning and after the End: Beyond the Universe of Physics
Year of Publication
2000

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BEFORE THE BEGINNING AND AFTER THE END is a product of dedicated and prolonged research by the author into the ancient insights of India’s seer-scientists. It attempts to bring to light their wisdom as encapsulated in the Vedas. As the title suggests, its contents discuss forces and factors that are beyond the universe of modern physics.

Collectively known as the Veda Shastra, this treasure-house of knowledge consists of four principal and six auxiliary texts. These comprise an effective tool for exploring the fundamental mysteries of our universe. Using rigorous methods of examination and evaluation, the Vedas provide us with answers to such questions as: how did the cosmos originate and what is its future? Of what is it made? Who is the ‘I’, the individual self, and what is its place in the universe?

Over several centuries, Western (and, to a lesser extent, Indian) scholars have perverted the true meaning and message of the Vedas. Mistranslation and distortion of these texts occurred for a variety of reasons, from inadequate scholarship to political expediency, with the inevitable and tragic result that the lessons learned some three thousand years before Christ was born have largely been obscured.

The Vedas are no mere exertion in metaphysics, philosophy or spirituality. They were composed by a number of 'seer-scientists' or scientific philosophers, who placed every theory and hypothesis in the uncompromising spotlight of their impeccable powers of logic and reason. They recorded their discoveries in the precise and highly evolved Sanskrit language and pioneered various scientific disciplines, such as medicine, architecture, astronomy, linguistics, statecraft and economy, social engineering, jurisprudence, psychology and the arts.

To investigate the Vedas fully is a lifetime's work for someone possessed of a superior intelligence. 

This book of necessity is a brief exploration of Vedic knowledge, written in the hope that the essence of this fount of wisdom may be conveyed to the reader in an unadulterated form.

CONTENTS

Author's note on Transliteration and pronunciation

Pronunciation Guide for Sanskrit words used in the text

Section One

Introduction

Section Two

INTRODUCING VEDA AND THE VEDAS

Chapter One: The Vedas: A Prologue

Section Three

BEYOND THE UNIVERSE OF PHYSICS

Chapter Two: Beginning the journey

Chapter Three: Prajapati: The first individual

Chapter Four: Jeeva, Ishwara and Parmeshwara

Chapter Five: Yajnya: Meaning and significance

Chapter Six: Who is the `I`?

Chapter Seven: The Universe: Inside and outside

Chaper Eight: Inside the Supraphysical Universe

Chapter Nine: The Space-Time continuum

Section Four

Chapter Ten: God, Gods and Goddesses

Chapter Eleven: Pure intelligence and Absolute Consciousness

Chapter Twelve: Vishnu and His one thousand names

Chapter Thirteen: Inra and Vishnu: Two warring `Gods`.

Section Five

VEDIC INSIGHTS AND THEIR PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

Chaper Fourteen: Harnessing our untapped potential: Retraining Body, Mind and Intellect

Chapter Fifteen: Ayurveda: The science of health and longevity

Section Six

TOOLS OF LEARNING

Chapter Sixteen: Definitions, concepts and metaphors

Chapter Seventeen: Word and meaning: The importance of grammar in the study of the Vedas

Chapter Eighteen: Language and the Seer-scientists of the Vedas

Chapter Nineteen: Method of Analysis

Section Seven

DISTORTION OF MEANING

Chapter Twenty: The Vedas: Distortion and misrepresentation

Section Eight

BEFORE THE BEGINNING AND AFTER THE END

Reflections

Section Nine

APPENDICES

Appendix One

Excerpts from Vedic Aryans and the origin of civilisation: A literary and scientific perspective by Navaratna S Rajaram and David Frawley

Appendix Two

Isaac Asimov's short story, The Feeling of Power (courtesy: www.archive.org)

Glossary

Bibliography

About the author

Index

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Publisher: Rupa & Co (2000)

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