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. We believe that the Vedic system is complete, perfect, non-sectarian, and open to everyone. It also requires no adjustment or compromise for modern time.
For the benefit of those who might be unfamiliar with the Vedic system (the vast majority today), but educated in the modern systems of knowledge, we also compare and contrast these ideas from Vedic texts to those in modern mathematics, physics, biology, psychology, cosmology, economics, sociology, and organization theories.
We occasionally also compare and contrast the concepts and practices in the Vedic system to those in other religions, although this is not a big focus area for us. These contrasts are generally illustrative, rather than exhaustive.
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 this world, such that nothing has all the qualities of God. The search for God is then the search for perfection, devoid of these tradeoffs. By studying the qualities that create perfection, we can scientifically study God. What qualities make something perfect? Why are there trade-offs in creating perfection? And what is that which is completely devoid of all the tradeoffs of perfection?
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 project translates 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.
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 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 scientific understanding of Vedic texts and their philosophy.
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