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The Mantric Approach of the Vedas

The Vedas as Mantra Yoga The Vedas are mantric teachings that cannot be understood by the mere intellect. They consist of mantric chants or hymns cognized by different seers or Rishis from the Cosmic Mind, not simply human utterances. They set forth Dharma or natural law, which is mantra in manifestation. As such, the Vedas

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Why Varna is Not Caste

The Four Varna system reflects a deep ecological and yogic vision of social and universal unity very different from the divisive idea of caste by birth. The following article by Dr David Frawley was first published by IndiaFacts: The Four Varna system of ancient India was originally based upon the idea of an organic social

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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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Vedic Yoga, the Oldest Form of Yoga

Vedic Yoga Vedic Yoga is the oldest form of Yoga dating back to the Rig Veda, which is perhaps the oldest book in the world. It is the oldest Sanskrit text and the oldest work in any Indo-European language. According to the great Yogi Sri Yukteswar, guru of Paramahansa Yogananda, Vedic teachings date back to

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Vedic Deities and Yoga

By Yogi Baba Prem While yoga has been growing within western culture for almost one hundred years, within the United States one can observe a tremendous surge in popularity since the sixties, to the most recent indicators suggesting that millions of Americans now practice yoga in some form or another. While the roots of yoga

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Vedic Origins of the Zodiac: Hymns of Dirghatamas in the Rig Veda

Some scholars have claimed that the Babylonians invented the zodiac of 360 degrees around 700 BCE, perhaps even earlier. Many claim that India received the knowledge of the zodiac from Babylonia or even later from Greece. However, as old as the Rig Veda, the oldest Vedic text, there are clear references to a chakra or wheel of 360 spokes placed in the sky. The number 360 and its related numbers like 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 108, 432 and 720 occur commonly in Vedic symbolism. It is in the hymns of the great Rishi Dirghatamas (RV I.140 – 164) that we have the clearest such references.

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