Astronomy, Ayurveda, Yoga, Science and Mathematics in Ancient India

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 30 Sep 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The BRIHAT JATAKA of Varaha Mihira
Translated into English by N.Chidambaram Iyer
Published by Foster Press, Madras - 1885

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Brihat Jataka or Brihat Jatakam or Brihajjatakam (Sanskrit: बृहज्जातकम)... Read More
 30 Sep 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
SARAVALI by Kalyanavarman
Edited by V. Subrahmanya Sastri
Published by Tukaram Javaji, Bombay - 1907

The Saravali of Kalyāṇavarman is a foundational compilation of Indian astrology, dating to ca. 800 CE, somewhat post-dating the Bṛhat Parāśara Horāśāstra. (Wiki)

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 21 Sep 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
By Naradamuni
Edited by E.R.Sreekrishna Sarma
Published by The Oriental Research Institute, Tirupati - 1975
In Sanskrit

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Caparisoned Elephant with a Mahout, dated 1761
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 31 Aug 2015 Article/Essay
What poetry has to do with math
By Rohan Murty
The Indian Express - 31 August 2015

Over the past year, I have heard my friend, mathematician Manjul Bhargava, give several public lectures on the deep connections between poetry, Sanskrit and mathematics. Like many other mathematicians bef... Read More
 27 Jul 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Universities in Ancient India
By D.G.Apte
Published by Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Baroda -1923

This brochure contains a brief account of the famous universities in Ancient India. The term 'university' as used here simply means a centre where higher education was imparted ... Read More
 26 Jun 2015 Article/Essay
The Islamization of Yoga in the Amrtakunda Translations
By Professor Carl W. Ernst
Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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 25 Jun 2015 Article/Essay
Muslim Interpreters of Yoga
By Carl W. Ernst

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Yoga is perhaps the most successful Indian export in the global marketplace of spirituality. In terms of religious associations, it is most often juxtaposed with the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, though it is... Read More
 23 Jun 2015 Video
Yoga down the ages
A discussion by Sahana Singh with Raj Vedam

What evidence do we have of yoga being practised in ancient times? Do the Vedas, Upanishads, Jain/Buddhist texts, Arthashastra and other texts specifically mention yoga in the way we understand it today? What evidence do we ha... Read More
 23 Jun 2015 Article/Essay
Under the Spell of Yoga
By William Dalrymple
The New York Review of Books - March 2014

Around 1600, a dramatic shift took place in Mughal art. The Mughal emperors of India were the most powerful monarchs of their day—at the beginning of the seventeenth century, they ruled over a hundred... Read More
 21 Jun 2015 Article/Essay
Regulate the mind field
By Sheela Rani Chunkath
The Hindu - June 21, 2015

It is the month of the year to make new resolutions. I know it is not the beginning of the New Year but the United Nations General Assembly has declared June 21 the International Day of Yoga. What better time then... Read More
 21 Jun 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika
By Yogi Svatmarama
Translated by Pancham Sinh
First published in Ajmer - 1915

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The Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā (Sanskrit: haṭhayōgapradīpikā, हठयोगप्रदीपिका) is a classic Sans... Read More
 20 Jun 2015 New Books
New Book:
Gurus of Modern Yoga
By Mark Singleton and Ellen Goldberg
Published by Oxford University Press, USA - 2013

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Within most pre-modern, Indian traditions of yoga, the role of the guru is absolutely central. Indeed, it was often understood that yoga would simply not work witho... Read More
 20 Jun 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Yoga-system of Patañjali or The ancient Hindu doctrine of concentration of mind, embracing the mnemonic rules, called Yoga-sutras, of Patañjali, and the comment, called Yoga-bhashya.
By James Haughton Woods
Published by Harvard University Press - 1914

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 20 Jun 2015 Article/Essay
Yoga in the Indian Imagination, 16th–19th Century
By Debra Diamond

Yogis were a cherished theme of painting, in which they were an intriguing foil to the art’s materialism. In illustrated ragamala paintings, each of which depicts a scene associated with a musical mode, images of holy men ... Read More
 19 Jun 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Shiva Samhita
The Esoteric Philosophy of the Tantras
Translated by Srischandra Basu
Published by Heeralal Dhole, Calcutta - 1887

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Shiva Samhita is a Sanskrit text on yoga, written by an unknown author. The text is addressed by the... Read More
 18 Jun 2015 Rare BOOKS
New Book:
Gheranda Samhita
Original in Sanskrit
An English translation by James Mallinson
Published by - 2004

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Gheranda Samhita (Sanskrit gheraṇḍasaṁhitā घेरंडसंहिता ) meaning “Gheranda's collection... Read More
 18 Jun 2015 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Yoga Makaranda or Yoga Saram (The Essence of Yoga) - Part One
By T. Krishnamacharya
Mysore Samasthan Acharya
(Written in Kannada)
Tamil Translation by Sri C.M.V. Krishnamacharya (with the assistance of Sri S. Ranganathadesikacharya)
Kannada Edition - 1934
Madurai C.M.V. Press ... Read More
 18 Jun 2015 Article/Essay
The Path of Yoga
By Debra Diamond

Extract from the book -
Yoga: The Art of Transformation
By Debra Diamond and Others
Published by the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington - 2013

Like yoga or indeed any aspect of India’s Hindu traditions, the identities of y... Read More
 18 Jun 2015 Video
Rare video:
Yoga by Krishnamacharya and B.K.S. Iyengar in 1938.
45 minutes silent film.

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Krishnamacharya taught yoga for nearly seven decades. He started teaching yoga under the patronage of the Maharaja of Mysore in the 1930s. Indra Devi, B.K.S. Iyenga... Read More
 17 Jun 2015 Video
Krishnamacharya: His Legacy and Teachings - 125th Anniversary Video narrated by A. G. Mohan.

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Krishnamacharya was unique in many ways — as a master of yoga, as a teacher, as an Ayurvedic physician and as a scholar.

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