SHABDA aims to bring the science, philosophy, practices, and conclusions 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.
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. Ignorant and malicious interpretations have created this misconception. The fact is that in Vedic philosophy, reality must be described from six complementary 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 will be incomplete. However, 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. 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) English transliterations of the text, (3) word-to-word Sanskrit to English word-meanings, (4) English translations of the text, and (5) a scientific commentary that explains the meaning of the text and its implications in an accessible manner.