Saturday, October 3, 2015

Books on Vedas in English

books on Vedas in English

In this article I will talk about some very useful books on Vedas in English.

These books will give you a solid foundation on the 2 of the 4 Vedas Rig Veda and Atharva Veda, key symbolism and their significance in modern age.

Books on Vedas in English # 1
Essentials of Rig Veda

The author of this book is Prof R L Kashyap. This book is a very useful spiritual introduction to Rig Veda.

Rig Veda is the oldest existing text in any Indo-European language. Rig Veda was composed around 1700 BC with the oldest parts as early as 2000 BC. Source

The book has 3 parts:
  1. Overviews - Gives an overview of the Vedas, Vedic Gods, Rishis and the key message of the Rig Veda.
  2. Cosmic Powers and their Mantras - Talks about Agni, Indra, Vayu, Savitr, Mitra, Varuna, Ashvin, Soma etc and their symbolism
  3. Topics and Associated Mantras - Deals with topics like Creation Hymns, Horse Sacrifice, Bhakti Yoga, Transcendent Reality etc.
This book is a very good introduction to Rig Veda.

Books on Vedas in English # 2
Essentials of Atharva Veda

This book is also written by Prof R L Kashyap.This book highlights the views and achievements of the Vedic age many of which are relevant even today.

The author starts his book by explaining why one must read Atharva Veda. He then discusses some very interesting aspects of education, health and longevity, etc.

Some of the key topics covered include:
  • Vedic Education
  • Healing and Healthy Longevity
  • Peace, Bliss and Abundance
  • Gods and their Psychological Powers
  • Polity and Governance
  • Selection of Spouse and Marriage & Family Life
  • Vastu, Home and its Construction
  • Professions and Caste
  • Time, Decimal System and Infinity
This is a great book and will give you a superb introduction to Atharva Veda.

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That's it. Thank you for reading Books on Vedas in English. You may also like the following.

Interesting Facts about Rig Veda
Interesting Facts about Atharva Veda
An Introduction to Tantra 
The Hindu World View 
Introduction to Trika

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