Saraswats and God: The Continuation of a 6,000 Year Old Journey

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Author: Ashok Prabhu

9789387676749 | PB | pp.116 | 2020 | CinnamonTeal Publishing

In this book, the history, migrations, and settlements of the Saraswats are explored, their intellectual and physical efforts to seek God and the resulting accomplishments are highlighted, and the development and progression of their religious practices are summarized.

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The Saraswat community is considered to be one of the oldest and most distinguished communities in the world, credited with major contributions to the development of Vedic civilization in India. However, there are questions about the community and the origins of their faith and practices that need to be answered. Who were their ancestors? How did their ancestors begin to conceptualise the idea of a God? What were their contributions to the development of Vedic scriptures? How did they develop the practice of Shiva and Devi worship? When did they begin worshipping Goddess Sarasvati? How did they adopt image worshipping of family deities? When did a segment of the community adopt Vaishnavism? How did they begin and continue the tradition of kuladevatas, maths, and Swamjis? How is this community continuing its religious practices developed over thousands of years?

This book is an attempt to provide these much-sought answers. History, migrations, and settlements of Saraswats over the past 6,000 years are explored, their intellectual and physical efforts to seek God and the resulting accomplishments are highlighted, and the development and progression of their religious practices are summarized. The material covered in the book will help the readers to appreciate the important role played by the ancestors of Saraswats in the development of the Vedic civilization, the efforts of the community in preserving and protecting the Vedic culture, and the continued commitment of the present-day Saraswats to keep their community thriving.

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Author:

Ashok Prabhu

ISBN:

9789387676749

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

116

Year of Publication:

2020

Publisher:

CinnamonTeal Publishing

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Ashok Prabhu has more than 35 years of experience in the electronics industry. He has a B.Tech degree from IIT Mumbai and a Ph.D. from Purdue University, USA, both in Materials Engineering.
Since retiring from his professional career, he has been studying Vedic history, Vedic scriptures, and the teachings of various saints and their enlightenment experiences. He has been analyzing the synergies between Vedic thought and recent scientific discoveries to find ways to harness these connections to further mankind’s spiritual progress.

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