DR NAGASWAMY’S NEW BOOK ‘DHARMA YOGA’ (Post No. 8913)

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Post No. 8913

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GNANAMAYAM’S BROADCAST- TELECAST FROM LONDON YESTERDAY 9-11-2020 HIGHLIGHTED A NEW BOOK BY THE WORLD FAMOUS HISTORIAN AND ARCHEALOGIST DR R NAGASWAMY. HE GAVE A DETAILED REPORT OF THE CONTENTS OF THE BOOK.

Gnanamayam is broadcasting every Monday Hindu news round up from around the world via zoom and facebook.com/gnanamyam. In addition to two news bulletins in Tamil and English it features Hindu scholars and their achievements. Sri Suresh from Bangalore also spoke about his book on the Vedas. Mr Desikan from Bangalore, who has been a regular contributor to newspapers like Deccan Herald spoke about his attachment with inanimate objects. All the three talks were well received and we had 800 hits even during the one hour session.

As usual it was followed by Mr Nagarajan’s Q and A programme and talks by Dr Narayanan Kannan and Mrs Brhannayaki Sathyanarayanan.

London swaminathan, former BBC broadcaster, now News Editor of Gnanamayam, London presented the programme.

Some Highlights

Sri Suresh from Bengaluru explained the uniqueness of his book ‘A BRIEF HISTORY OF VEDAS’. It is unique indeed in many respects. He has given all the names with descriptions of all the branches (shakas/chapters) of the four Vedas, names of over  140 Upanishads, the missing Vedic Chapters (shakas), the difference between Charana and Shaka, names of all the Seers (Rishis), flow chart of the Vedic literature, Ganapatam of certain hymns. In short it is a handy reference book for Vedic literature covering from Samhitas to Sutras.

When Devas and Asuras churned the Milky Ocean fourteen treasures came out of it. When Sureshji churned the Vedic Ocean over 280 treasures came out and all these are found in the book.

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Here are the relevant links you can show/share in the video and in the description.

1. Video About the book – A Brief History of Vedas: https://youtu.be/INyneGhFW6I

2. Order the book (Within India): https://rzp.io/l/briefhistoryofvedasbook

3. Order the book (Outside India): https://forms.gle/2DLpLqv4sVm2BZt2A

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Dharma Yoga by Dr R N and Mohan and Kala Bhaskar

Dr Nagaswamy needs no introduction. He is a renowned scholar, historian, archeaologist who has travelled around the world lecturing in all famous universities. He is Former Director of Archaeology, Tamil Nadu, former VC of two Universities, author of scores of books and hundreds of research papers, presenter of many dramas on Appar, Sundarar, Manimegalai, Rajendra Cholza in London and American cities, and who rescued the Sivapuram Nataraja from Britain after successfully arguing in Old Bailey in London. Above all, at the age of 91 he is bringing out authoritative research works which includes the latest Dharma Yoga, co- authored by his daughter Dr Kala Bhaskar and son Mohan Nagaswamy (USA).

Here are some interesting titbits from the book:–

Rev G U Pope and others have shown that the Tamil Veda Tirukkural has translation of at least 50 slokas from Manu Smrti and more from Bhagavad Gita.

Manu smrti was hailed as a great Law book for 1400 years in Indian Inscriptions.

A lot of the coins found from different parts of Asia show the influence of Hindu law books and culture.

Choza Emperors boasted that they never swerved away from Manu Neeti. One of the great Choza Kings projected himself as the reincarnation of Manu.

Manu Smrti is referred to in Inscriptions in South East Asia and other parts of Asia.

The first Constitution in the world is Manu Smrti; it is all comprehensive. Tirukkural followed same order of subjects found in Manu Smrti.

Laws and abiding law were found in 1400 BCE in Mitanni and Hittite agreements in Babylonia and Sumeria. The inscription is preserved in the British Museum in London.

In short, Nagaswamy’s latest book ‘Dharma Yoga’ contains encyclopaedic information about influence of Manu Smrti through out Asia, with evidence from coins and inscriptions.

Dr Nagaswamy cannot be countered easily by anyone, because all his books, produced so far, have authoritative information.

Scholars find a rare combination of talents in him. He is a scholar in three languages Tamil, Sanskrit and English.

Gnanamayam has requested Dr R N to speak about his new findings every week

(In private conversation over phone he told the Gnanamayam team that he would explain the famous saying of great Tamil Saint Manikkavasagar “Tennaattudaiya Sivane Potri” (Siva belongs to South India or South India, the Land of Siva).

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DESIKAN, Defence Department Research Scientist

Mr V. Desikan of Bengaluru was a known scientist in his field of defence research. A contributor to Deccan Herald and author of Brindavan Express, spoke about his rare love and attachment towards inanimate objects. But one of the rare objects with which he fell in love was praised by the scholars as an engineering marvel. It is a big vehicle called Sangam. A man from Madurai aptly named the Science Vehicle as Sangam ( Madurai Tamil Sangam is as ancient as Tamil Language). His Tamil talk is blogged here separately)

Gnanamayam requested him to talk about all the subjects he has covered in his book Brindavan Express.

His five minute talk was like a golden nugget. We may expect more golden nuggets and gems during the next few weeks.

Mr Nagarajan answered a question on Inter Galactic Travel in Puranas. Revati Nakshatra/star story gives very clear indication of the knowledge about Theory of Time Dilation. Even before Einstein and other scholars , we have such rare refences to Time Dilation.

Dr Narayanan Kannan put forth two new thoughts about the Tamil Drum called ‘Parai’. Since it gave the derogatory term Pariah , people think it is connected with death and inauspicious happenings. But the ancient Tamil literature is noticeably clear in describing it as an instrument used during auspicious ceremonies. The second point he made was that Vaishnavism has no caste distinctions. Even before revolutionary Ramanuja appeared, Nammalvar, who was a Shudra, was held in high esteem.  Vaishnavites gave him the highest status in their worship.

Dr N Kannan, a chemistry professor, is well versed in Tamil Vaishnavite literature and co-founder of Tamil Heritage Foundation.

Mrs Brhannayaki Sathyanarayanan from Bengaluru has started a new series of talks in Gnanmayam. Last week she gave a beautiful description of Mookambika Temple in Kollur and this week she presented the Sri Sailam Siva Temple, one of the 12 Jyotir Linga Shrines.

In the beginning Mrs Sujatha Rengamathan of London and Mrs Vaishnavi Anand of Hayes, Greater London presented World Hindu News Round up in English and Tamil. Needamangalam Mrs Jeyashri Umashankar recited the prayer.

Gnanamayam’s Producer – News Editor London Swaminthan, Co Producer Sri Kalyana Sundara Sivacharyar and Studio Manager Harrow Sridhar gave all the publicity for the success of Gnanamyam broadcast.

NEVER FORGET MONDAYS 1 PM London Time, 6-30 PM Indian Time. We are there Every Monday.

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—subham—

MYTHS ABOUT TAMIL VEDA EXPLODED; DR NAGASAMY’S NEW BOOK ON THIRUKKURAL (Post No.4939)

MYTHS ABOUT TAMIL VEDA EXPLODED; DR NAGASAMY’S NEW BOOK ON THIRUKKURAL (Post No.4939)

 

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Date: 22 April 2018

 

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Post No. 4939

 

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TIRUKKURAL is considered the Tamil Veda; it was written by Thiru Valluvar. One of Valluvar’s contemporary himself said this in Thiruvallauva Malai. He said that Sanskrit has Veda and Tamil has now got Tirukkural. It has 1330 couplets divided into 133 chapters which deal with didactic topics. There are lots of myths about its author Tiruvalluvar and his book. After Dravidian parties came to power in Tamil Nadu fifty years ago, lot of things about Vallauvar’s personal life was changed in the text books. And the accepted commentary of Parimel Azakar is tampered with. Dr R Nagaswamy, eminent historian and famous archaeologist looks at the book from a new angle.

 

He explodes the myths about G U Pope’s contribution to Tamil literature, Pope’s half- baked statement about Valluvar’s date  (800 to 900 CE) and some people’s attempt to show Tirukkural a text of Jain origin. G U Pope who translated 72 Purananuru verses, deliberately vomited Kapilar’s vesre showing him as an ‘Antana’ (Brahmin) and dubbed him a Pariah. Dr Nagasamy also Shows how hardly Pope tried to show Valluvar as a Christian or influenced by Christianity.

Another myth exploded by Dr R N is the gold coin of Valluvar. The coin said to have been issued by Ellis is not of Valluvar, but of Buddha. It was found in a museum in Calcutta. Ellis’ name was unnecessarily dragged into this matter.

Nagaswamy described in detail the futile colonial attempt to Christianise Tirukkural.

Dr R Nagaswamy needs no introduction. He was the Director of Archaeology in Tamil Nadu from 1966 to 1988. He was the Vice Chancellor of Kancheepuram University. He was the author of over 50 books and hundreds of research articles. He has travelled around the world lecturing on History and culture of Tamil people. Recently he has been awarded Padmabhusan by the Government of India.

 

He says that there is no gem in the whole field of Tamil literature more precious than Tirukkural. He has compared Tirukkural with lot of similar verses in Sanskrit Dharma sastras, Artha sastra, Natya sastra and Kama Sastra. He has also shown that Valluvar wrote it on the basis of Hindu values Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. Valluvar himself divided his book into three major sections Dharma (Aram), Artha (porul) and Kama (Inbam). Moksha is dealt with in the book under Dharma.

 

Dr Nagaswamy says that the work of Valluvar is an abridgement of Sanskrit sastras.  Without leaving anyone to guess the authenticity, he has given the relevant passages as well. So no one could challenge him. It is a treasure for the English speakers,  and particularly the Non Tamil speakers in India.

Though scholars like V R Ramachndra Dikshitar has done such a comparative study before Dr Nagasawmy, he has added more materaias from different scriptures such as Dhammapada of Buddha and Bhagavad Giat of Lord Krishna.

Another unique feature is the addition of Sanskrit verses in Devanagari lipi which would be of help to North Indians.

He as beautifully summarised all the relevant data from Sangam literature to prove the ancient character of the Tirukkural. First he deals with the three theories about the age of the work and concludes that it is older than the Tamil epic Silappadikaram of second century CE. He rightly pointed out that the couplets are in Sutra format which is further proof for its age.

 

About Valluvar’s religion Dr Nagasamy says, after examining the previous arguments, “The examination of the personal religion of Valluvar does not  give us any definite lead in the matter. Valluvar did not wish to give his work a sectarian character. He gives lot of examples to show the striking correspondence between the Kural couplets and the works of Manu, Kautilya and Vatsyayana.

 

In another chapte,r the author of the current book examines the statement of Nataka Valakku by the doyen of Tamil literature U Ve  Swaminatha Aiyar.

In the concluding chapter hr makes an important statement, “Thirukkural of Thiruvalluvar can be fully understood only with the knowledge of Sanskrit, as it draws heavily from Dharma sastras, Artha sastras, Natya sastra and Kama Sastra and also their commentaries.

Everyone who is interested in Tamil literature  must have this book.

 

The book is priced only 150 rupees which is very cheap. The book has got great value for money.

Details of the Publication:

Tirukkural- An Abridgement of Sastras

Dr R Nagaswamy

December 2017

Pages 248, Price Rs.150

Published by Tamil Arts Academy and Giri Trading Agency Private Limited

Contact: www.giri.in

sales@giri.in

 

–SUBHAM-