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"The Wisdom of the Vedas" by J.C. Chatterji

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BOOK REVIEW: The Wisdom of the Vedas by J.C. Chatterji (Theosophical Publishing House) 1992 / 1931

Reprinted several times over the decades, the current version published in 1992, Jagadish Chandra Chatterji’s scholarly look at India’s ancient Vedic wisdom and traditions

Seven years ago, while reading Robert Love’s fantastic The Great Oom: The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America, where, at the turn of the 20th century, the early, Western yoga enthusiast from the Midwest turned open-minded folks of his era onto the widom of the “Bhagavad-Gita, the Upanishads, the Vedas, and the Tantras, as well as Sanskrit language and science

And at just over 100 pages, this quick and somewhat dry little book is merely an introduction to what the Vedas have to offer humanity. From life to the soul to reincarnation. For anyone who has questions about these matters, many of which are addressed in the Vedas and Hindu teachings, it is a solid jumping off point. Noting yogis that have, via Samadhi, woken up and "experienced" the universe, - the "'vibrating thought' of Brahman as life pulsating through all Space and Time," - and when attaining the "Nirvana of the Buddha" or anantam vijnanam ("unlimited awareness), much can be achieved - beyond your wildest dreams, or, "(b)eing one with all, they know and experience all; nothing is beyond their reach, nothing can reamin hidden from their gaze; they have become all knowing at will," writes Chatterji. 

It's powerful stuff, and yet simple in explanation and to the point. Someone unfamiliar with Hindu thought or Vedic wisdom and teachings will come away having a bit more of an idea about what the Vedas are all about and why so many across the world have embraced their timeless words and ideas.

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