Why SHABDA?

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

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Scientific Commentaries on the Six Systems of Philosophy

There is a widespread misconception at present that Vedic philosophy comprises many incompatible doctrines created by different people at different times. Malicious, ignorant, and derogatory interpretations have created this misconception. The fact is that reality must be described from six perspectives. Each perspective is necessary and they are collectively sufficient. These are called modalities of reality. Any philosophy that tries to describe reality from only one perspective is incomplete. If it tries to fit multiple perspectives into one, it will be self-contradictory.

The Six Systems of Philosophy Series illustrates this view. Vaiśeṣika describes reality as atoms, Nyāya as logic and inference, Sāñkhya as the components of experience, Yoga as bondage and liberation, Mīmāṃsā as rituals and symbols, and Vedānta as a Complete Person, leading to six complementary perspectives, which constitute different perspectives on reality. Like blind men see their perspective of the elephant as the whole truth, and consider other views of the elephant false, similarly, problems attributed to Vedic philosophy are problems of blind men.

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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