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Vedic Origins of the Europeans: the Children of Danu

By David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) This article shows how the early Indo-European language speakers in Europe like the Celts, Germans, Greeks and Scythians, were possibly based upon a Vedic people called the Danavas or Sudanavas (good Danavas) and connected to Vedic culture and its influences at a deep level back to the most ancient

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History of Asana and Exercise in India

By David Frawley (Vamadeva, Adopted from Vedic Yoga: the Path of the Rishi In the following article, we will examine the origins of the asana side of Yoga in India, including relative to Vedic teachings. Asana is the aspect of Yoga least detailed in older Vedic and Yogic texts and is the aspect of

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The Aryan-Dravidian Divide Is A Political Myth

Traveling throughout India, including much time in the south, I have been trying to make sense of the proposed Aryan-Dravidian divide, and the call for a pure Dravidian culture that one hears in Tamil Nadu. The first thing one notices is that the most pure Sanskrit names are found in Tamil Nadu, extending to Dravidian

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Esoteric Hinduism and Western Esoteric Traditions

Global Esoteric Traditions Esoteric, mystical, and occult traditions have been widely connected worldwide as far back as we can trace their history. These secret teachings include the realms of healing, astrology and alchemy, extending to Yoga, mantra, and meditation, emphasizing internal practices to raise us to higher states of consciousness. These have been important in

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Sanskritization: A New Model of Language Development

  The process of Sanskritization is evident not only in the languages of North India that appear to derive from it, but also in the many Sanskrit loan words found in Dravidian languages, including Tamil. The Current Indo-European Model: The Migration of the Proto-Indo-Europeans The primary model used today for explaining the close relationships that

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