Category: On Ancient India and Historical Issues

History of Asana and Exercise in India

By David Frawley (Vamadeva, www.vedanet.com) 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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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) connected to Vedic kings, sages and yogis.   Many ancient European peoples, particularly the Celts and Germans,

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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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Why Are Indian Historians In A Denial Mode?

The following article by Dr David Frawley was first published by Swarajya Magazine.  India today is a strange country in that, uniquely among the nations of the world, it seems to be afraid of its own history. If we study current historical accounts, particularly by India’s academic left, the most important fact about the history

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An Ecological View of Ancient India

By David Frawley, first published in the Hindu in 2002, one of India’s main national newspapers. History and Ecology Ecology is beginning to define how we look at the world and how we look at ourselves. Each geographical region in the world constitutes a special ecosystem – an interrelated habitat for plants and animals shaped

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Hidden Horizons: Unearthing 10,000 Years of Indian Culture, Preface

Author’s Preface for Hidden Horizons: Unearthing 10,000 Years of Indian Culture. Published by the Swaminarayan order (http://www.swaminarayan.org/) for Delhi temple historical display www.akshardham.com/whattosee/boatride/index.htm). For book www.swaminarayan.org/publications/books/hiddenhorizons.htm). UK ordering for book http://www.goldentours.co.uk/hidden_horizons/ The idea for following book arose after a special meeting between the two authors and seven Swamis of the Swami Narayan order, at the

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The Need to Rewrite the History of India

Adapted from Hinduism and the Clash of Civilizations by David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) History is Always Being Rewritten In recent years, the government of India and several state governments have decided to revise history books, particularly relative to the ancient period, bringing up recent data that calls into question the Aryan invasion and the many

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Myth of Aryan Invasion Update 2005

Note on-line and video editions of original book at our on-line books section The Myth of the Aryan Invasion was first written in 1994 in order to summarize important new information on the ancient history of India that refutes commonly held views on the subject inherited from the nineteenth century. It was a condensation of

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