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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprinted Ed edition (31 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140449892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140449891
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, and the translator of numerous Sanskrit texts including the Laws of Manu, and Kamasutra.

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23 of 43 people found the following review helpful By S. Ferguson on 15 Oct. 2012
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"To this day there is no internally consistent and coherent interpretation of the Vedas."
- quoted from "The Celestial Key to the Vedas" by B.G Sidharth, Indian physicist and director general of B. M. Birla Science Centre. Sidharth has written extensively on physics and his books are available on Amazon. He proposed the "dark energy" model at the seventh Marcel Grossman Conference in Jerusalem in June 1997, and at another conference on quantum physics in Singapore a year later. His research paper titled "The Universe of Fluctuations" was published in International Journal of Modern Physics in 1998.

For years Doniger's was only translation of the Rig Veda easily available to most of us who do not read Sanskrit. Although I remain grateful for any translation, over the years as I came to understand more and more of the metaphysics of Hinduism, it occurred to me that perhaps the translator simply did not quite fully understand the subtle metaphysical depths of the text and that a great deal of the inner meaning must have been lost through a lack of spiritual knowledge.

Because there is no accurate translation, most westerners have been completely bewildered by the Rig Veda - because most translations make the Rig Veda seem like a bunch of meaningless hymns propitiating deities.

I knew this could NOT be true.

For one thing, the Upanishads, the Mahabharata/Bhagavad Gita, and the Puranic texts are all based on the four Vedas. So the question remained how did such sublime enlightening metaphysical systems emerge of out of seemingly meaningless ritualistic hymns?

I decided on my own that the Vedas had to be some kind of encoded text that explained the nature of the universe, both visible and invisible. A recent book entitled, `Vedic Physics' by Dr.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lindy on 10 Oct. 2014
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This was a present for my niece and she was very pleased.
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By this guy on 15 Aug. 2012
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originally bought this out of interest in ancient Indian culture and tuned out to be an amazing piece of work and reference book. Some of the hims and spells are beautiful, i take my hat of to the interpreter.
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Chakrabar on 9 Feb. 2014
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To know more about Wendy, read the book- invading the sacred., it will show the main purpose of Wendy's devotion to Hinduism.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Lyttle on 16 Aug. 2014
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too brief
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