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David Frawley, Author of the Month for December 2008

The Vedic Literature of Ancient India and Its Many Secrets (cont.)
By David Frawley

Clearly there are many secrets of lost civilizations and in seeking these out we cannot forget the role of India where the ancient world still lives. The history and literature of India, reflecting a knowledge of lost civilizations, should be given greater attention, not only the Vedas but also the Puranas and various yogic texts.

Conclusion

Finally, I want to conclude not with the idea that the Vedas are the origins of everything, though they are certainly much more important than our current historical accounts indicate. Probably, all the main ancient cultures in the world are much older, more evolved and more spiritually based than what modern history has afforded them. Similarly, ancient populations and languages may be much older in the lands that we find them in than current estimates indicate. This would include the Proto-Europeans and the Persians, also regarded as products of nomadic invasions from the north and east.

Our current human history of 5,000 years makes little sense if our species is over 150,000 years as current science estimates. The destructive effects of the end of the Ice Age, which saw huge land masses and coastlines submerged, the destructive influence of long periods of time, and the lack of attention by modern scholars used to a short historical time line may explain why such ancient and pre-Ice Age cultures have not been better discovered or recognized, even though in the case of India, they are still alive among us.[xix]

True history, not as mere technology, but as the development of enlightened cultures likely goes back tens of thousands of years on all the continents. The great civilizations of the early ancient world that we find like the Sumerians, Egyptians, Mayas or ancient Hindus are more likely the remnants or survivors of yet earlier great cultures that our history has so far failed to uncover. Indeed all the great ancient cultures that we find at the beginning of history do not present themselves as the founders of something new but as connected to earlier cultures going back into the Ice Age and before.

To go forward as a species into a real planetary age, we need to reclaim this spiritual and yogic heritage of ancient humanity. It provides much of the wisdom we need to help us deal with our global challenges. Our great gurus, elders and ancestors can still be called upon. A few remain. Their voices can be heard. Their words have been recorded. But unless we approach them with respect and seek to uncover the deeper meanings behind their mantras, symbols and myths, we will not be able to access their wisdom or gain their blessings, and the blessings of the greater universe that they carry.[xx]

In light of such issues, we can discuss both the spiritual and historical implications of the Vedic literature. I can hopefully present the reader with a view from inside the Vedic tradition, reflecting the deeper Sanskrit meanings and Vedic yogic practices, that the reader will otherwise may not find easily.

I have also included links to may various books on the Vedas, Ancient India, Yoga, Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology, some of which are available on line. We have included links to a whole set of on-line articles and on-line resources.

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[xix] For a good discussion of these issues note Frawley and Rajaram, book Hidden Horizons: Unearthing 10,000 Years of Indian Culture. Note also the displaces at the Swami Narayan temples (www.swaminarayan.org), particularly the London Neasden Temple and the Delhi Akshardham and Ten Minute Boat ride down the Sarasvati River.

[xx] Frawley book, Yoga and the Sacred Fire, Part IV, A Call for a New Sacred Fire.

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