Arya Samaj and the Vedic Worldview (History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization, Volume VII, Part 12)

by Ram Prakash & Jitendra Ramprakash (eds)



Publisher: Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture/Vijaykumar Govindram Hasanand

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The volumes of the PROJECT OF HISTORY OF INDIAN SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE (PHISPC) aim at discovering the main aspects of India’s heritage and present them in an interrelated way. These volumes in spite of their unitary look, recognize the difference between the areas of material civilization and those of ideational culture. The Project is not being executed by a single group of thinkers and writers who are methodologically uniform or ideologically identical in their commitments. In fact, contributions are made by different scholars with different ideological persuasions and methodological approaches. The Project is marked by what may be called ‘methodological pluralism’. In spite of its primarily historical character, this Project, both in its conceptualization and execution, has been shaped by many scholars drawn from different disciplines. It is for the first time that an endeavour of such a unique and comprehensive character has been undertaken to study critically a major world civilization like India. This volume explores the various aspects of the Vedic texts, philosophy, dharma and the way of life from the highly original and revolutionary perspective of Swami Dayanand Saraswati and the Arya Samaj. It presents a Vedic worldview that is in accordance with the wisdom of the ancient Indian seers, and stands in sharp contrast to many of the widely popular beliefs and practices of Hinduism, held to be true by the masses and most scholars. These include some fundamental issues like the content and purpose of the Vedas, idol worship, the concept of avtars, caste-by-birth and the socio-religious rights of women. It further provides an understanding of Vedic monotheism and Traitavada, and themes such as the duties, rituals and the belief system ordained by the Vedic dharma. The book also carries a brief documentation of the life and legacy of Swami Dayanand Saraswati and the emergence and spread of the Arya Samaj. It explores their impact on different aspects of the modern Indian society, culture and national life, such as the freedom struggle and its revolutionary movement, uplift of Dalits, women’s emancipation, and education. It thus sketches a multifaceted narrative of a glorious contribution to the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth century Indian renaissance. The book comprises fifty articles divided into seven sections, each of which can be useful on its own to scholars interested in a particular domain. Together, they make for a comprehensive enquiry that casts a new light on many issues of crucial importance to the Indian mind and life.


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Book :Arya Samaj and the Vedic Worldview (History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization, Volume VII, Part 12)

Book ID :109133

Author :

Ram Prakash & Jitendra Ramprakash (eds)

ISBN 13 :9788187586708

Year of Publication :2016

Edition :First

Publisher :

Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture/Vijaykumar Govindram Hasanand

Binding :Hardcover

Pages :796

Size :22 x 29 Cms.

Weight :2.285 Kg.

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