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Before The Beginning And After The End

18 Feb

Before The Beginning And After The EndBefore The Beginning And After The End by Rishi Kumar Mishra
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

‘This is the sort of book that gives spirituality a bad name among the scientific community‘ – That was the single line review I had in mind after I completed the first half of the book. This was because the first half was all about trying to redefine Sanskrit terms like ‘Wak‘ and ‘Mana‘ to fit the modern concepts of Physics and it was a clear force fit for most of the effort.

But the second haf of the book abandons this fruitless attempt and focuses on just exploring the strong spiritual material of the Vedas without comparing constantly with modern findings. This was a productive section of the book and a truly humbling experience for me. The practical application of Vedic learning and the long manual on Yoga is worth further study.

The last portion of the book is a highly technical study of Sanskrit terminologies that is hard to follow and to place in context. The section on the study of grammar etc was just a fattening-up exercise for the book.

The appendices include some wonderful research articles from major scholars and a wonderful short story by Isaac Asimov.

All in all, the second half of the book made it worth trudging through this huge huge book and all the headache of clearing one’s way through the jumble of arcane Sanskrit words that surely out-numbers English words in this work.

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Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Book Reviews, Books, Thoughts

 

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