Friday, April 09, 2004

Today I heard, Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan, who gave me whole lot of new insights on Hindu beliefs of the mind, body, and soul. Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan's (Hon. Director of Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage), presentation was on “Indian concepts on culture, spirituality and religion”. His lecture began by highlighting the four Indian concepts of God:

Upanishadic level: Omnipotent/omnipresent concept
Vedic level: The Universal person concept
Puranic level: Trinity concept -BRAHMA, VISHNU, SIVA
Itihasa level: Incarnation concept in reality

Most interesting aspect of the lecture dealt with the pure scientific books on UPAVEDAS (subsidiary to vedas). They are the:
Economics (Arthasaastra - Upaveda to Rigveda)
Science of archery (Dhanur veda - Upaveda to Yajurveda)
Science of music (Gaandharva veda - Upaveda to Samaveda)
Science of health (Ayurveda - Upaveda to Atharvaveda)
Science of civil engineering & sculpture (Sthaapathya veda - second Upaveda to Atharva veda)

Amazing, is his knowledge as the work he does through IISH (