Shabda aims to bring the understanding of the science, philosophy, and traditions of the Vedic times to the modern world. We present the traditions authentically and uncompromisingly, through the time-tested system of knowledge descending from the spiritual masters to disciples. We rely on Vedic texts, and attempt to make them understandable to the modern audience. We believe that the Vedic system is complete and perfect, and requires no adjustment or compromise for the modern time.
For the benefit of those who are educated in the modern system, we also compare and contrast these ideas to those in varied fields of modern science such as mathematics, physics, biology, psychology, cosmology, economics, sociology, and organization theories, apart from the well-known religious concepts and practices.
The Science of God
This book defines God as perfection, and discusses the 12 attributes that constitute perfection. These 12 attributes 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. Thus, the search of God is the search for perfection. It exists partially in everything, it exists more completely in things that are more perfect, and it exists completely only in one person—God. This is then the basis on which we can scientifically study God’s nature; it is the study of perfection—What makes something perfect? What is missing in imperfection? Why are there tradeoffs in creating perfection? And what is that thing which is completely devoid of all the tradeoffs of perfection?
Scientific Commentaries on the Six Systems of Philosophy
There is a widespread misconception about Vedic philosophy that it comprises many “incompatible” doctrines. To demonstrate that this is not true, this project translates all the Six Systems of Philosophy showing their coherence. Each system is drawn from the Vedic texts, although describes reality from a different vantage point. Understanding all these vantage points is useful in grasping how the same world is sometimes described as meaning, sometimes as matter, sometimes as language and logic, sometimes as atoms, and so on. These descriptions illustrate how an alternative view of matter, science, language, concepts, and logic formerly existed and can still be understood. The commentaries present (1) the original Sanskrit text, (2) its 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.
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 a M.Sc. in Chemistry from IIT Kanpur, and over 20 years of professional experience working in the high-tech industry. He also holds over a dozen patents to his name.
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 dialogue between modern science and Vedic philosophy.