Readings in Vedic Literature: The Tradition Speaks for Itself

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The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, 1977 - Philosophy - 240 pages

Readings in Vedic Literature provides a firsthand experience of India's timeless wisdom. Along with concise essays, the book includes the entire Bhagavad-gita and illuminating excerpts from the Puranas and Upanisads. In this way the reader can discover the tradition for himself.

“Readers, be of good cheer. To those of you who have surveyed in confusion the trackless path of Indian philosophy, this volume offers hope and respite. You are holding in your hands a reasonable and highly readable account of the particulars of Vedic thought. … Read and find enlightenment.”

Professor Jerry Clack

Department of Classics, Duquesne University

“I am impressed by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami’s presentation. His initial chapter is one of the best statements available on the importance of the guru in transmitting spiritual knowledge.”

Dr. Thomas J. Hopkins

Department of Religious Studies, Franklin & Marshall College


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Wow. I've been studying Veda literature for 39 years and this book puts it in a nutshell. Highly recommended.

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This book is highly misleading. Though it uses the term "Vedic" in its title, it does so deliberately to mislead and to lend credence to its viewpoints which are mostly Puranic, and hence compiled at a much later age than the Vedas. Unfortunately, this is a typical ploy of the Hare Krishna movement, which is based almost entirely on selective readings of the Bhagavat Purana with interpretations given by Prabhupada.
I would ask anyone interested in the Vedas to steer clear of this book. I hardly think the author has even read the Vedas (by that I mean the Samhitas of the four Vedas).
For the Veda samhita, far better are works by the Arya Samajis, Sri Aurobindo, translations by Wilson, etc.


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