Why Shabda?


Shabda aims to bring the understanding of the science, philosophy, traditions, and the key ideas of the Vedic times to the modern world. We present the traditions authentically and uncompromisingly, through the time-tested system of knowledge descending from spiritual masters to disciples. We rely on Vedic texts and try to make them accessible to the modern educated reader.

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Scientific Commentaries on the Six Systems of Philosophy

At the present time, there is a widespread misconception about Vedic philosophy that it comprises many “incompatible” doctrines, philosophies, systems, and practices. These misconceptions have arisen either due to bad translations or commentaries on Vedic texts or due to those who became teachers without reading these texts.

To reinstate the proper understanding of the Vedic system, this series presents all the Six Systems of Philosophy demonstrating their coherence. Each system is drawn from the Vedic texts, although describes reality from a different vantage point. Thus, the same world is sometimes described as meaning, sometimes as matter, sometimes as language and logic, sometimes as atoms, sometimes as an all-pervading consciousness, and sometimes as a living organism, or a person. These descriptions illustrate how an alternative view of matter, science, language, logic, and reality formerly existed. The truth of this reality required us to simultaneously understand many perspectives, which were then presented as different systems of philosophy. Like the blind men see their perspective as the entire elephant, these systems have been presented as different rather than complementary pictures.

The commentaries present (1) the original Sanskrit text, (2) it’s English transliterations, (3) word-to-word meanings from Sanskrit to English, (4) English translations of each Sutra, and (5) finally, a scientific commentary that explains the meaning of each Sutra. The scientific commentaries help us grasp their truth in an accessible manner.

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The Science of God

This book defines God as perfection and discusses the 12 attributes that constitute perfection. These are consistent, complete, simple, parsimonious, necessary, sufficient, empirical, rational, operational, instrumental, stable, and novel. They divide into six pairs of antinomies, called knowledge, beauty, renunciation, power, wealth, and heroism. These antinomies create tradeoffs in the material world, such that nothing has all the qualities of God, which means that nothing in the material world is perfect. The search for God is the search for perfection, devoid of these tradeoffs. By studying the qualities of perfection, we can scientifically study God. What are the qualities of perfection? Why are there trade-offs in the qualities of perfection? And what is completely devoid of the tradeoffs of perfection?

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People

Ashish Dalela is the author of several books and articles that describe the ideas in Vedic philosophy for the educated reader. This includes the applications of Vedic philosophy to scientific fields like Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Cosmology, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, and Organization Theory. He has an M.Sc. in Chemistry from IIT Kanpur and 22 years of professional experience working in telecommunications and computer networking (through which he holds over a dozen patents).

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Ciprian Begu edits the books and looks after their publication and promotion. He studied journalism, English, advertising, and management at universities in Romania, United States, and Belgium and works in Brussels, Belgium in the field of communication. Ciprian has an avid interest in Indian philosophy, which brought him in contact with Ashish Dalela, and together they started Shabda Press to promote the scientific understanding of Vedic texts and their philosophy.

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