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Topic: Vedas

Reading Complexity: Info
The Vedas are the original Sanskrit texts of India's ancient spiritual culture. The Vedas include knowledge on every facet of human endeavor, material and spiritual, like a set of reference manuals for achieving ultimate success in this life and the next. "Veda" literally means "knowledge," and "Vedic," in its extended meaning, refers to works that extend or follow the Vedas, including the...
Reading Complexity: Easy
People who doubt there’s life after death sometimes say, “No one has ever come back to tell us about it.” But what if someone claimed to have come back? Would we believe him? What kind of proof would we want? Trying to prove that Krishna is God presents a similar challenge. Someone might ask, “If Krishna is God, why doesn’t He come and prove it?” Well, there’s evidence that He does come. For...
Reading Complexity: Easy
One of the greatest scholars of his day is about to meet the source of all knowledge. The city of Varanasi lies four hundred miles northwest of Calcutta on the northern bank of the Ganges River. Terraced stone landings, or ghats, leading down to water’s edge extend for four miles along the riverbank. Throngs of pilgrims descend to bathe in the sacred water or climb to explore narrow, winding...
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Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu points out Sankaracharya’s error in contradicting Vyasadeva. Early in the year 1514, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was staying at the home of Chandrashekara Vaidya in Varanasi, India, then a great center of learning. Lord Chaitanya’s associates heard that one of the chief scholars of Varanasi, a sannyasi named Prakashananda Saraswati, was complaining to his followers that...
Reading Complexity: Medium
In The Late Eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, European scholars and scientists began to come in contact with the culture of India. Many were impressed by the antiquity of Vedic civilization and the deep spiritual and material knowledge contained in the Vedic literature. But other European intellectuals were dismayed by these developments. For example, in 1825 the British scholar John...