True History and the Religion of India"
True History and the Religion of India, A concise Encyclopedia
of Authentic Hinduism", Graciously authored
by His Divinity Swami Prakashanand Saraswati is one of the
most comprehensive books on human civilization. It
is an authoritative view of the history of world thought.
The book provides the most valuable information and knowledge
on the Vedas, the Upnishads, the Gita, the Bhagwatam, the
Puranas and all of the Hindu religion and thought.
It also gives a comprehensive idea of time as envisaged in
the Vedas. It can lead to a good understanding of Hindu history,
philosophy, religion and Vedic sciences.
world facing tremendous problems of violence, conflict, environmental
degradation and extreme discontent, frustration and hopelessness
without any real solutions to the problems of mankind, the
book does provide the proverbial light at the end
of the tunnel and an insight into our civilization and heritage
which can become the ultimate and the only answer
to today’s crises.
Veera Raghavan, (Ex) Regional Advisor, Social Development,
United Nations; Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi.
the first time in 400 years such an encyclopedic
literature has been produced that destroys the cloud of confusion
about Hinduism and establishes the Divine glory of Bhartiya
history and religion in the world. "The True
History and the Religion of India, A concise Encyclopedia
of Authentic Hinduism" is truly a concise encyclopedia
of Hinduism which contains an unimaginably enormous amount
of authentic information with scientific evidences that brings
the total Hinduism in one single volume. It is undoubtedly
a Divine gift that has been given by Shree Swamiji for the
benefit of the whole world.
David Campos, Professor, Roosevelt University,
recognition of the most incredible and unique revelation of
the authentic knowledge of our Divine scriptures in "The
True History and the Religion of India", that has happened
for the first time in hundreds of years, the supreme council
of the World Religious Parliament, New Delhi,
India, celebrated the joyous occasion in Ficci Auditorium
on 11/4/99, and awarded the Spiritual title of “Dharm
Chakrvarti” (Spiritual Master of the Universe) to
His Divinity Swami Prakashanand Saraswati.
True History and the Religion of India" by His Divinity
Swami Prakashanand Saraswati is written in a very comprehensive
manner and imparts the true knowledge of God and depicts the
true history of Hinduism. It is a religious exposition
of Hindutva. It rewrites the authentic history of Hinduism
from the days of our ancient Sages and Saints throughout the
present age. The book reveals the true knowledge
of our Vedas, Upnishads, Puranas, Gita and the Bhagwatam.
congratulate the International Society of Divine Love and
Shree Swamiji, for bringing out this wonderful Encyclopedia
on Hinduism and wish that this book should reach every corner
of the world.
Vishnu Hari Dalmia, President, Vishwa Hindu Parishad,
Divine truth revealed in "The True History and the Religion
of India" is so amazing that it would prove to be the
infallible arrow of this age to destroy the non-truthful and
misleading comments about Hinduism... Without studying this
book it is impossible to imagine, that how the unlimited knowledges
of Bhartiya scriptures and world books were incorporated into
one single volume? It is amazing; and is truly an incredible
miracle of the genius world.
Tarun Vijay, Editor, Panchjanya, New Delhi.
amazing encyclopedic book, revealing the authentic history
and the religion of Bharatvarsh, is truly unique and unparalleled.
Bhanu Pratap Shukl, author and journalist, New
was amazed to come in contact with the strength of study made
I consider this book as a source of India’s strength for generations
description of the Upnishads overwhelms us with Swamiji’s
deep insight into the scriptures. His description
of Vedas, Upvedas, Vedangas, Darshan Shastras, will uplift
the spirit of any Indian who is striving for the independence
from foreign domination that strangled India’s character.
Swamiji’s time calculations should be viewed in the light
of the ancient Indian concept of a world that extends much
beyond the one that is perceived by our senses.
very thankful to Swamiji for invigorating our country to face
the degenerations that were heaped upon us through the foreign
Himendra Thakur, Editor “India United,” Salem,
like Lord Vishnu, in His matsyavatar rescued and
re-revealed the Vedas from the patal, likewise His Divinity
Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, who is a great Devotee of Shree
Raseshwari Radha Rani and well versed in Bhartiya scriptures,
has revealed and produced the real history of India.
Dear friend! If you want to know the real truth of
all the Bhartiya scriptures at one place, read this adorable
encyclopedic book that presents the immaculate reality of
Sanatan Dharm. As the morning sun removes the darkness
of the night, like this Swamiji has removed the darkness of
the misconceptions by producing the authentic history of India.
This is my deep desire that, this book, like a glowing
lamp, may remove the darkness of ignorance from every mind.
the Sanskrit text)
Om Prakash Pandey, Visiting professor of Sanskrit
(from Lucknow University), Sorbonne Nouvelle University of Paris.
epoch-making book "The True History and the Religion
of India" is designed for sincere research scholars and
the seekers of God’s love. In its eight well-structured
chapters, Swamiji has presented the sanctity of our religious
and philosophical literature. Pujyapad Swamiji has provided
a very authentic and panoramic view of the theme of all of
our scriptures. One who intends to know all about Sanatan
Dharm in a nutshell is advised to study chapter 4 (Part II)
with rapt attention. His presentation of the western
theories is amazingly logical and abundantly admirable. He
has allowed the western theories to speak for themselves.
Vachaspati Upadhyaya, Vice Chancellor,
Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, New
our opinion this is the first book that has put together
vast information about the history of India, Sanskrit language,
Vedas and Upnishads, the planetary system and the development
of human civilization. The author clearly shows the
mastery and understanding of the ancient Hindu scriptures
and explains how a number of Saints and Sages brought them
to light and how they established various disciplines of the
Hindu religion. This book is an exquisite treatise that brings
together diverse historical, religious and spiritual aspects
of India in the form of a single book and compares it with
other religions of the world.
Vijay Kuchroo, Professor, Harvard University, Cambridge.
facts brought to light in this book about creation and languages
will lead to new research in the fields of anthropology and
astronomy and will lead (both Indians and non-Indians) to
search for new directions for research in the fields
of physical sciences based on the Hindu scriptural statements.
Such a pioneering work was long awaited.
Deendayal Khandelwal, Chairman, Hindu University
of America, Orlando.
think highly of this book and will like it to be more widely
read. Neither the Orientalists of the past had, nor
hundreds of present writers who populate Departments of Asian
Studies have the means or the incentive to search for the
truth. All Hindu and ancient Indian literature is
in Sanskrit. How many modern day Orientalists have a spiritual
bent of mind and how many of them can read Sanskrit even at
a superficial level?
Prakashanand Saraswati is best qualified to write this history
not only because he has researched the material deeply, but
also because he is fully immersed in both, Sanskrit and spirituality.
Shree Swamiji has rendered a great service to all
intellectual and academic communities by providing original
and authentic truths about India’s ancient past and its Hindu
religion. It is an encyclopedic book, full of Sanskrit
quotes, that gives a true story of India from its very ancient
a large book full of detailed facts over such a long history
that it is impossible to do justice to its content in a review.
It is a highly educative book. Because of
its truthful perspective, it is destined to have great influence,
even in the Departments of Asian Studies. It deserves
to, and will be widely read.
Romesh Diwan, Professor, Rensselaer Institute,
Consultant to the United Nations (UNCTAD), New York.
primary message to mankind in this book is, that the religion
of Bharatvarsh (India) is the direct descension of the Grace
of God which is manifested in the form of our Divine scriptures.
every chapter in the book is written in such a simple and
palatable style with appropriate modern-day examples that
anyone with little knowledge of Sanskrit and English can understand
what Hinduism is in the true sense. I am personally
blessed by Swamiji to be able to have a copy of this masterpiece
of literature on Hinduism. I have educated myself
very much from reading this book. Swamiji has knowledge like
an ocean, and mine is even a trillion times smaller that a
drop of water. Because of this, I enjoy reading this book
which is full of riches on Hinduism. I am confident that others
will feel the same way, provided they go through this Encyclopedia
of Authentic Hinduism with an open mind and with the idea
of learning and educating themselves about this religion that
we call Hinduism.
is therefore highly recommended for every temple library,
religious institute, college and university library and every
household that wishes to educate, preserve and lead a blissful
life following Hinduism.
Sen Pathak, Professor, University of Texas, Houston.
is a large section of chapter 4 of Part I devoted to the evolution
theory, Einstein, quantum mechanics, Big Bang, etc. In my
opinion, by covering all these subjects in a single
volume, Swamiji has made a unique contribution to the literature
on religion and science from a new perspective.
strongly recommend that research scholars should
make an in-depth study of what new things Swamiji has said.
Satya P. Agarwal, Visiting Professor, University
of California, Berkeley;
UN, chief advisor on Human Resources.
book is a monumental work that offers a comprehensive view
of various aspects of Hinduism including its rich history,
philosophy, sacred writings, and, in particular, its unique
approach to God realization - bhakti or the divine
love of personal form of God. The book is an excellent
source for those who would like to have a broad overview of
the religion of India.
offers an excellent discussion of numerous aspects of Hinduism.
This is undoubtedly the most comprehensive book on
Hinduism. In addition to discussing the religion
of India, the book makes a key contribution in identifying
the confusing and misleading views of a number of historians,
philosophers, and writers of the past several centuries.
Viktor Prasanna, Professor, University of Southern
California, Los Angeles.
Divinity Swami Prakashanand Saraswati offers a compelling
argument in his scholarly work "The True History and
the Religion of India" that how, in fact, the history
of India has been distorted. Shree Swamiji’s research-based
observations in this regard are eye opening. Swamiji
has also examined other civilizations extensively in this
Concise Encyclopedia of Authentic Hinduism is a blessing from
Shree Swamiji for all those open-minded intellectuals who
are willing to pursue the truth.
Piyush Agarwal, Ed.D., (Retd.) Superintendent of
Schools, New Jersey.
Shri Swami Prakashanand Saraswati has written a monumental
book whose impact will be felt around the world for centuries
is a rich source of authentic information about India drawn
from many sources and thus forms a scientific (to use a modern
term) basis for reconstructing Indian history. The
references are numerous, and the quotes from Indian scriptures
make this a reference book of immense value. Every
Indian and every person interested in Indian history and literature
should read this book. A billion thanks (on behalf
of so many Indians) to Pujya Shri Swamiji who has dedicated
his time to bring out this monumental work of importance to
T.M. Srinivasan, Professor, Arizona State University,
this unique treatise of 800 pages, Shree Swami Prakashanand
Saraswati has produced such a scholarly work that puts to
shame many indologists of international fame.
up, by writing this monumental book, Swami Prakashanand
Saraswati has produced a brahmand of knowledge
that not only eliminates the distortions that were created
by the Western and Westernized scholars, but brings together
the main elements of 4 Vedas, 4 Upvedas, 6 Vedangas, 4 Sutras,
6 Darshan Shastras, 11 Prime Upnishads, 18 Puranas, Ramayan,
Mahabharat, Gita and Bhagwatam. This gigantic task
has been performed with highest standards of logical investigation,
displaying a high degree of scholarly competence in Indian
and Western history, religion, philosophy and scientific theories.
L.P. Singh, Professor Emeritus, Concordia University,
is an encyclopedic book which traces the history
of various civilizations and countries in relation to the
history of India. The religion of the Indian civilization,
the Sanatan Dharm (the eternal order) is discussed in extenso.
The book is a mine of information.
E.C.S. Sudarshan, Professor, University of Texas,
True History and the Religion of India" is not just the
title of the book, but it truly is an authentic book on the
history and religion of India. Swami Prakashanandji Maharaj
has truly and thoroughly lived to the title of the book. To
do that, Shree Swamiji has worked as a researcher,
a historian, a scientist, a religious person, a spiritual
master and a true patriot of India. It is tremendously creditable
for a sanyasi to research in so many varied fields.
rare to find and read religion and history together, that
too in a very scientific way, and proven by research and experimentation.
Swamiji has done extensive and tremendous work in
doing so. Swamiji has gone far beyond the Vedic knowledge
and spirituality in writing about the modern science, and
history of the world and universe. He has quoted
scientists and philosophers of the world in this book."The
True History and the Religion of India" is not just for
Indians, it is for the people of the world.
Hari Bindal, PE, (Ex)National Director,
International Hindi Association, Washington, D.C.
was an imperative need for an authentic compendium on Hinduism
and this publication truly presents the truth from all of
our Divine Scriptures: the Vedas, Upnishads, Gita
and Shrimad Bhagwatam etc.
Prakashanand Saraswatiji deserves to be congratulated for
compiling such a gigantic work in this concise encyclopedia
for use of research scholars and all those interested seekers
of God’s love. This wonderful publication will benefit
one and all.
are indeed commendable, Swamiji. Congratulations once again.
May Lord Almighty shower His choicest of blessings on you
to enable you to serve humanity by spreading the message of
the devotional aspects of God realization and love of Radha
Krishn (divine-love-consciousness) for many more years.
Surendre Tewarie, President, Netherlands
Sanatan Dharm Vidwat Parishad, Holland.
am much pleased to receive a copy of "The True History
and the Religion of India". This work encyclopaedic
in nature will be of great use for historians, research scholars
and those who desire to know about the true history, religion
and culture of Bharatvarsh.
Shankaracharya Shree Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal,
Kanchi Kamkoti Peetham, Tamilnadu, India.
Shankaracharya of Dwarika Sharda Peeth and
Jyothishpeeth, Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati has expressed
his hearty appreciation for the monumental work by His Divinity
Swami Prakashanand Saraswati "The True History and the
Religion of India" which is an authentic book on Hinduism.
book reveals the glory of Divine love of Supreme God, Shree
Krishn, and Shree Radha Rani. It describes the simplest universal
path of God realization which was revealed by the Supreme
God, Krishn Himself.
a complete information about Hindu religion, scriptures, history
and their divinity in a concise style. Seekers of God’s love
will certainly benefit from this great publication. Congratulations
to Shree Swamiji for such a stupendous work to publish this
great book for which we are all grateful.
Ramanujacharya, Sudarshanacharya Maharaj, Faridabad,
True History and the Religion of India" provides all
the information at one place for the seekers of God’s love.
A lot of study, research and unstinted efforts have gone into
compilation of this concise Encyclopedia, which is the
imperative need of the day. While living in this
materialistic world, we are helplessly seeing the fast decline
in moral, social, ethical, family and religious values; this
book will help in arresting this declining trend.
Nanak Chand Sharma, President, World Academy
of Ayurveda, New Delhi.
are so many religious institutions and scholars in India but
none of them have so far highlighted the actual truth in its
originality. Shree Swamiji has made a great contribution
through this book, for which we are all grateful.
Shiv Kumar Sharma, Advocate, Supreme Court, New
Swamiji has done extensive research in original documents
in writing this unique book. His religious and spiritual
knowledge and experience has given him the unflinching conviction
about the wealth of knowledge stored in Hindu scriptures.
has done a great service to global Indian community by writing
this concise book. Its reading will boost the spirit
of those who love their country, religion and culture, and
enlighten those who are searching for the truth. The
time has come that the scientific knowledges of the Upnishads
in relation to the Creation should be considered as a guideline
for further researches in cosmology. I strongly
recommend everyone interested in ‘India’ to read this excellent
Mahesh J. Mehta, Vice president, Research and
Koch Systems, Boston, Massachusetts.
of top scientists of the world)
represents a monumental amount of work requiring serious study
to fully comprehend and appreciate the sacred message and
its implications. His Divinity Swami Prakashanand
Saraswati has done a superb job in bringing all the salient
aspects of Hinduism in one book. In such an endeavor, it is
almost impossible to be comprehensive, concise and precise
at the same time... Shree Swamiji indeed deserves
gratitudes from all humanity for showing to the world the
wisdom of the Hindu scriptures. His Divinity has elaborated
in details the precise chronology of the epoch event (the
origination of this brahmand); and I am awed at the
comprehensiveness of his research and understanding. Indeed
Krishn Dwaipayan should be smiling that his holy message is
Krishna M. Koliwad, Physicist, Manager,
Avionics System & Technology Division, JPL (NASA), Los
True History and the Religion of India"is a comprehensive
exposition of the basis of Hinduism. This book has
made an admirable start in incorporating the ideas from Hindu
scriptures to expand on the recent scientific findings. They
are very thought provoking. However, because of the
seriousness of the subject matter and the depth of each topic
covered, this book should be read as a text.
Gautam Badhwar, Chief Scientist for Space Radiation,
‘Exceptional Scientific Achievement’ Medalist,
Johnson Space Center, NASA, Houston.
my experience of about 30 years at the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology
I had not yet read such a clear, smooth and brief description
on the theories of evolution, origin of the universe, and
the general theory of relativity. It is amazing to realize
that Swamiji has such a depth of knowledge of the subjects
in which people spend their entire career. His conclusions
about the inadequacies of these theories are based on logical
arguments that are very convincing. This book is
a must for reading by those who are wanting to be enlightened
about life, its role, and how it should be lived.
Santosh Kumar Srivastava, Fellow of the American
Principal Scientist, JPL California Institute of Technology
(NASA), Los Angeles.
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