Hindu dating traditions

The Vedas are not considered the works of the human mind, but an expression of what has been realized through intuitive perception by Vedic rishis, who had powers to see beyond the physical phenomena. The Vedic truths were originally transmitted by the rishis to their disciples over thousands of years. Indeed, the revelations are so cosmic that they approach more closely the findings of physics and astronomy than the pious pronouncements of preachers.At a later date, these were compiled by Sage Vyasa for the benefit of future generations. The rishis made claims so cosmic that even modern physics seems only to be catching up with them and realizing, after every scientific breakthrough, that the ancients were there long before them.

These vast epics, and the four 'books' of the Vedas, were originally transmitted by a phenomenal human chain of memory, and only written down centuries after their actual compilation. The early phase of the Vedic tradition in India is dated between 10,000 - 7,000 BCE. Klostermaier: "Since ancient times India has been famous for its wisdom and its thought.

The ancient Persians, Greek and Romans were eager to learn from its sages and philosophers.

Smriti inlcude the Dharma Shastras, Nibhandas, Puranas, The Epics, Agamas or Tantras, Darshanas and Vedangas (Upa Vedas). When the Greeks towards the end of the fourth century B. came to the north-west, the Indians had already worked out a national culture of their own, unaffected by foreign influence.

According to Alain Danielou distingused Orientalist, " The Puranas provide genealogies, which go back to the sixth millennium B. The Vedas and the Upanishads are to India what the Crown and Scepter are to an anointed king.

They laid down principles of state-craft, and of the art of war, with human and animal strategy, with physical weapons, or shastras, and enchanted weapons or astras.

The Sanskrit word for philosophy is darsan or 'seeing', which implies that Hinduism is not based merely on intellectual speculation but is grounded upon direct and immediate perception.

Indian philosophy is highly sophisticated and very technical and surpasses in both in volume and subtlety."Sir William Jones was always impressed by the vastness of Indian literature.

He wrote: "Wherever we direct our attention to Hindu literature, the notion of infinity presents itself." Hinduism has always laid great stress on Pramanas (the means and instruments of correct knowledge).

Early Rig Vedic hymns were composed between 6,000-1500 BCE.

Like indestructible gems they have come down during many thousands of years in spotless perfection.

They discovered the Earth's dual motions, and studied the courses of constellations and stars, and founded the twin sciences of astronomy and astrology.

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