'Scientific Aspects of Vedic Knowledge', as
the name of the volume, is an effort to highlight
and concisely present the ancient knowledge
related to science, and its various dimensions.
Vedas are traditionally considered as the origin
of all disciplines of learning. Comprehensive
knowledge of universe propounded through
Vedas is primarily in abstract or symbolic form.
Therefore, intense study is essential for
understanding the Vedic concepts.
International conference 'WAVES 2016'
held at BVB, New Delhi witnessed presentation
of papers from prominent scholars of the world,
on diverse subjects including Consciousness,
Creation, Philosophy, Spirituality, Ayurveda,
Yoga, Indian Epics, Religious studies, Customs,
Rituals, Ancient Sciences, and more. In this
edited volume, a selective 42 papers are being
published, which are written in three
languages-English(32), Hindi(8) and
Sanskrit(2). These papers are divided into nine
sections on the basis of theme.
Dr. Koenraad Elst, Belgium; Prof.
Narayanan M. Komerath, USA; Prof. Bal Ram
Singh, USA; Prof. Kumar S. Sharma, USA; Prof.
S.R. Bhatt, Delhi; Dr. M.V. jagannadham,
Hyderabad; Dr. Bhakti Niskama Shanta,
Bangalore; Dr. Bhakti Vijnana Muni, Bangalore;
Prof. Ram Sewak Dubey, Allahabad; Dr. Saroj
Bala, Gurgaon; Dr. S. Ram Mohan, Chennai;
Prof. K. Srinivas, Puduicherry; Dr. Shakuntala,
Assam; and Prof. R.P. Singh, Delhi are some of
the distinguished contributors. The volume also
consists of Foreword and Preface authored by
Mr. Sashi Kejriwal, President, and Mr.
Dhirendra A. Shah, Treasurer of WAVES
International, USA respectively.
This volume is WAVES International's sixth
publication, which just like previous volumes is
dedicated to learning Vedic knowledge in the
Prof. Shashi Tiwari, Recipient of
'Certificate of Honour', 2015, from the
President of India, is a well-known Vedic and
Sanskrit scholar. She is engaged in Sanskrit
studies and Vedic research for the last forty five
years, and has worked as a teaching and
research faculty in the Department of Sanskrit,
Maitreyi College, University of Delhi. She has
been honoured with more than twenty two
academic awards from various academic
institutions of India including the prestigious
'Sanskrit Sahitya Seva Sammana', 2006, Delhi
Sanskrit Academy, Delhi; 'Vishist Purskar' 2007
and 'Maharshi Vyas Samman' 2014 from Uttar
Pradesh Sanskrit Sansthan, Lucknow; and
'Sanskrit-Shri Award' 2015 from Akhil Bhartiya
Sanskrit Sahitya Sammelan, New Delhi. She has
thirty two published books to her credit on
Vedic and Sanskrit subjects.
Prof. Tiwari has participated in several
International and National Conferences in
India and abroad including in USA, Italy,
Canada, Korea, and Nepal; and has also
organized many national symposiums, and
twenty one national conferences, on themes
related to Vedas and ancient literary heritage as
the General Secretary / Presiden t of the
WAVES (India). She has edited WAVES's seven
Indian publications based on national
I am happy to have been a part of yet another successful WAVES 2016
conference, held in India's capital city of Delhi. While WAVES International
has already conducted 11 major bi-annual conferences (in addition to a special
conference on Jaati/Varna), this 12th International conference was our first
one to have been held on Indian soil. I had always hoped for a WAVES
conference on Indian soil, as I believed that it would be more relevant and
special to our initiative. I am proud to say this was the case. As evidenced by
the diverse lineup of papers, talks, participants, and activities, this conference
was indeed unique and special in many ways.
The main theme of this conference Scientific Aspects of Vedic
Knowledge' was also very appropriate once it is believed by many scholars
that due credit has not been given to the source of many original scientific
inventions and discoveries that took place in the region inhabited by Vedic
practitioners. At WAVES 2016, we witnessed presentation of papers from
prominent scholars across diverse subject matters including Consciousness,
Creation, Philosophy and Spirituality, Ayurveda, Yoga, Indian Epics, Religious
studies and youth, Customs and Rituals, Ancient Sciences, and more. Eminent
Sanskrit scholars hailing from across India and beyond, actively participated
with presentations and live discussions. As is the case with all WAVES
conferences, scholars from many countries made the journey to share one
roof for three days. Among various papers presented in the conference, a
selected forty two papers are published in this volume of the proceedings.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of WAVES, I express our gratitude for
Dr. Shashi Tiwari for under taking the challenging task of editing these papers,
and getting the volume published in time.
As has been the dream of WAVES organizers, we noticed an uptick in
the number of youth scholars that took part in WAVES 2016. Furthermore,
the location of WAVES 2016 was unique in and of itself, WAVES 2016 was
held at Bharitiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB) , a historically significant location. BVB
is an establishment that was founded in 1938 by K. M. Munshi (a well-known
name in Indian literature) and Gandhi himself. Much like WAVES does,
BVB "fills a growing vacuum in modern life" as proclaimed by Jawaharlal
This conference was also unique in the way that various groups of students
took part in various performances, songs and dances, beautifully displaying
the vibrancy of Vedic culture at its epicenter - namely in the historical city of
Delhi. The Haryana Government arranged a tour of the 'found' Sarasvati
River. A discovery of the waters of the Sarasvati River at Yamunanagar, and a
historical water release at the original Sarasvati water bed at Uncha Chandana,
were explained, accompanied by a full tour that was arranged by the Haryana
I am pleased to welcome you all to WAVES 2018 that will be held in
Dallas, Texas in August of 2018. Every WAVES Conference has made
significant strides in global academic recognition, and this conference will
be no exception. Our WAVES 2018 team has established a stricter and formal
peer review process for its accepted papers. In addition, we have initiated
efforts to achieve higher fundraising targets in order to financially sponsor
the growing number of scholars that attend our conferences.
See you all in the great state of Texas in August 2018.
WAVES organized its 12th International Conference in association with
20th India Conference at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi, India on the
theme 'Scientific Aspects of Vedic Knowledge' in December 15-18, 2016 ;
which was well-attended by a number of academics, scholars, intellectuals,
and research students from many countries including USA, Europe, and India.
During conference, deliberations were held in different sessions by
delegates on the multi-disciplinary aspects of Vedic knowledge with special
emphasis on its scientific achievements achieved by our ancient Indian
thinkers. While Swamy Bhakti Niskama Shanta dwelt at length on the
relationship between consciousness and cosmos, Swamy Bhaktivijnana Muni
talked about the Vedic scientific knowledge according to which 'Life comes
from life; and Matter comes from life' which the modern science has failed
so far to comprehend it. Other Vedic topics discussed were philosophy and
spirituality, Ayurveda and Yoga, Epics and Knowledge, Religious Studies and
Youth, Indian Customs and rituals, and Ancient Sciences and Management.
One of the heartening features of the conference was the large
participation of youths who are now increasingly getting aware of their roots
and the scientific achievements of the ancient Vedic civilization. One of the
main objectives of WAVES, USA and India is to correct the distorted history
of India as currently taught in schools and colleges all over the world and
create awareness about the rich heritage and contributions made by our
Vedic seers. Ancient knowledge of our ancestors should not be a subject of
history, but must be studied regularly to improve ourselves in current times.
The publication of the proceedings of this conference will help in spreading
the Vedic scientific knowledge for the benefit of all citizens of the world.
The conference was very well organized and managed by the dedicated
team of volunteers lead by Dr. Shashi Tiwari, current President of WAVES
India. The 20 16 WAVES conference will go down in the history as one of the
most successful events in the Indian academia. WAVES USA and India would
like to express their thanks and gratitude to the management of Bharatiya
Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi for hosting and actively participating in the
Twelfth International conference of World Association for Vedic Studies
(WAVES) was jointly organized alongside the twentieth India Conference of
WAVES, at the campus of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi, from 15th to 18th
December 2016. The overarching goals were to deliberate upon the various
scientific underpinnings and ancient intellectual traditions prevalent in Vedas.
This knowledge base is especially significant for the contemporaneous
civilization, as it highlights the profound understanding our ancient seers had
about mankind, nature, and the interactions amongst the two. This publication
is an outcome of that intellectual meet and reflects on the great literary heritage
that has been bestowed upon us, and which we must nurture, savior, and then
pass on to the next generations.
The theme of the conference' Scientific aspects of Vedic knowledge' , indicates
that advancement of science, and the transcendent thought of Vedas are
complimentary to each other. Our hearts desire newness and appreciate
modern technology, while our brains feel enormous pride when acquainted
with traditional values. We accept as true that Vedas are the sources of all
knowledge- 'Sarvam Vedat prasidhyati'. Vedic seers were great thinkers as
they could envisage the cause and nature of life and creation. Scientific spirit
refers to the desire to unfold the secrets of nature. It also implies that nothing
should be accepted as truth unless it has been thoroughly tested and verified.
Only that is reliable knowledge which correctly explains things as they actually
happen in nature and thereby enables us to bring about the desirable end or
prevent the undesirable ones. If we try to explore 'science' in Vedas and
related treatises, we find that basis of attitude towards describing world and
its objects was scientific. This attitude applies on the area of understanding
of all sorts of issues related to man and nature. Although, there are no
scientific methods or rules announced to study these concepts, the narratives
of ancient scriptures seem to be well designed with the provision of different
dimensions to interpret them.
Vedic seers either say clearly or mention symbolically, and indicate briefly,
about various concepts that may sound highly mysterious. They claim to have
experiences in realms that are not accessible to us. They could have had
knowledge that we, despite our proud technological progress and centuries
of philosophical speculation cannot attain. Therefore they could state simply,
after crystallizing their observance of a succession of instances, of how the
many relate to or arise from one, and that the One has become all (and
Eka evagnir bahudha samiddha ekah, suryo vinsvam anu prabhutah /
Ekaivosah, sarvamidam vibhatyekam va idam vi babhuva sarvam/ /
'Being one, Agni (fire) is kindled variously in-many-places; the sun
being one has prevailed over all; being one, indeed, the Dawn
illumines this all (creation); the One has variously become all this
Here, the poet states that the entire creation has evolved out of the One,
an unidentified original Power, and illustrates this with instances of common
experience. Vedic seers are very sure about their statements and observations.
They never doubt what they say or experience, because they are experiencing
truths' during meditation through higher state of consciousness. They did
not learn science in laboratories by doing research. A careful examination
of the Vedas shows that Vedic poet-seers' declarations about creation,
destruction, life, cosmos etc. are their experiences and not mere speculations.
Similarly, secrete; of human life and after life were also revealed to them,
which are presented in the mantras, directly or indirectly.
Science is defined as a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes
knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the
universe and beings. Vedic life style, guidance, strategies, observations, and
rituals all have been found to be fully validated by modem science. The
observations made by Vedic Rsis, the seers, are thus convincing enough to
confirm that they were indeed great 'Scientists'. When we talk about science
in Vedas, we should not expect Vedas to constitute a text book or handbook
of science as understood in modem education, but should appreciate the
scientific approach and higher vision put in there.
The WAVES conference of2016 at New Delhi was attended by a number
of renowned scholars from USA, France, Israel, Belgium, Canada, and from
all parte; of India, in various capacities. Around 121 papers were presented by
delegates. In this publication, a selective 42 papers are being published, which
are written in three languages -English, Hindi and Sanskrit. Published papers
are divided into nine sections on the basis of their main subject. Dr. Koenraad
Elst, Mortsel, Belgium; Prof. Narayanan M. Komerath, Atlanta, USA; Prof.
Bal Ram Singh, Dartmouth, USA; Prof. Kumar S. Sharma, Newton, MA,
USA; and Mrs Madhu Vedak Sharma, Durham, NC, USA are few important
oversea" delegates whose papers are published in this volume. Among eminent
National Scholars Prof. S.R. Bhatt, Delhi; Dr. M.V.Jagannadham, Hyderabad;
Dr. Bhakti Niskama Shanta, Bangalore; Dr. Bhakti Vijnana Muni, Bangalore;
Dr. Shilpi Saxena, Delhi; Dr. Asha Rani Tripathi, Lucknow; Prof. Ram Sewak
Dubey, Allahabad; Dr. Radhey Shyam Kaushal, Delhi; Dr. Saroj Bala, Gurgaon;
Dr. Shakuntala, Assam; Dr.Soma Basu, Kolkata; and Prof. R.P. Singh,JNU,
Delhi are some of the distinguished contributors. All papers are edited, and
formatted with the cooperation of authors, for that I sincerely thank all
learned contributors. In the initial stage of editing process, Dr. Aparna Dhir,
Secretary, WAVES-India assisted me. For her time and dedication, I thankfully
remember her and wish her all the best in her effort". This special volume
based on the joint conferences organized by both the WAVES International
and WAVES India, is blessed by the appropriate Foreword written by Shri
Sashi Kejriwal, President, WAVES International; and an apt Preface written
by Shri Dhirendra A. Shah, Treasurer, WAVES International. I sincerely
express my gratefulness to both of them for all the support and
encouragement in bringing out this volume.
From the Editorial desk, I finally convey my sincere gratitude to all the
delegates of the conference, and members of WAVES. I am confident that
through this publication, readers will well recognize that Vedic statements
encompass sutras of ancient physical and spiritual sciences, which are in sync
with modern scientific explorations.
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