Rta: The Cosmic Order

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Item Code: IDD686
Author: Ed. By. Madhu Khanna
Publisher: D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 8124602522
Pages: 336 (Color Illus: 22, B & W Figures: 34)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 11.4" X 8.7"
Weight 1.20 kg
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About the Book:

In the Rg Veda there is a remarkable insight on the notion of Rta or Cosmic Order, the inflexible law of universal order and harmony whereby all disorders and chaos is restored to equilibrium. Rta is, in essence, the ordering principle of nature, which gives to everything from the vast galaxies, down to the nucleus of an atom, their nature and course. In the Vedic vision, this law of cosmic order is conceived to be manifesting at three levels: on the cosmic plane Rta governs the course of nature; on the socio-ethical level, Rta imparts justice; and on the religio-spiritual level, Rta mirrored the ritual performances of the sacrificial ritual (yajna). Rta contributes to the maintenance of balance between the micro and macro levels of existence.

The articles, presentations at a seminar, traces the genesis of the concept of dharma in rta and relate other aspects of socio-cultural-religious life like food and eating customs, cultural communication and religious narratives to the construction of order and its underlying vision. They importantly examine the elements and relationships that create the cognition of order in temporal and spatial expressions of the arts.

In this book, a panel of distinguished Indian and foreign scholars interpret this multifaceted theme of Rta from a wide range of perspectives. Comparing notions of order in Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese and Islamic speculative thought and with references to ancient Indian Hindu writings and modern science. Combining sound scholarship with a penetrating insight, these essays are a fine example of integrated studies. They give alternative viewpoints on the unity underlying this ancient concept as well as, its relevance in the modern age.

About the Author:

Dr. Madhu Khanna earned her PhD in Religious Studies with a specialization in Tantra from Oxford University. Author of several Books and academic papers, she has researched and organized several cross-cultural interdisceplanary exhibitions at the IGNCA including the one on the theme Rta-Ritu Cosmic Order and Cycle of Seasons. At present she is Associate Professor, at the IGNCA.




-Madhu Khanna


  1. Rta-Satyam: Modern Relevance
      - Swami Jitatmananda
  2. Rta in Veda
      -Vidya Niwas Misra
  3. Asa (Rta) in the Avesta and the Iranian Society
      -Satkari Mukhopadhyay
  4. Rta, Yajna and Dharma
      -Ravi Ravindra
  5. The Organisation of Structure in the Universe
      -Varun Sahni
  6. Order is Central in Life Processes and Biorythms to Reproduction
      -G.P. Talwar
  7. Concept of Order in Science of Islamic Culture Area
      -A. Rahman
  1. The Cosmic and Social Order of Eating: The Vedic Metaphysics and Ethics of Food
      -Arindam Chakrabarti
  2. Dharma and Truth in the Mahabharata
      -Chaturvedi Badrinath
  3. Religious Narratives and the Construction of Order
      -Aditya Malik
  4. Dynamics of Cultural Communication - Rta and the Anthropology of Experience.
      -S.C. Malik
  5. Order: The Old and the New
      -B.N. Saraswati
  6. Gandhi's Vision of Rta
      -Ramjee Singh
  7. Social and Political Order in Chinese Tradition and Future Development.
      -Tan Chung
  1. The Geometries of Self Organising System: From Chaos to Pilgrimage
      -John M. Malville
  2. Order & Plenitude: Creativity and Aesthetic Experience
      -K. D. Tripathi
  3. Reflection of Cosmic Order in Buddhist Stupa
      -M. C. Joshi
  4. Meditative Architectonics and Borobudur
      -Lokesh Chandra
  5. Mainfestation of Order in Art - The Iconic Scheme at Khajuraho
      -Devangana Desai
  6. Srsti and Samhara: Dinergic Order in the Symbolism of the Sricakra
      -Madhu Khanna
  7. Rta: The Ordering Principle in the Cosmos and in Art
      -Chandra Rajan
  8. Levels of Existence
      -Keshav Malik
  9. Order & Chaos in Indian Music
      -Prem Lata Sharma
  10. Rta Samgita
      -R. Satyanarayan

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