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Vedic Stories From Ancient India (Written for young readers)

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Foreword Veda literally means 'knowledge', but more specifically refers to the Sanskrit writings of ancient India. Previously this wisdom was transmitted orally, only being written down some fifty centuries ago. The author of the Vedas, a sage named Vyasa, divided this knowledge, both spiritual and mundane, into four parts. He later compiled the Puranas, often referred to as 'the fifth Veda'. The Puranas include a history of the ancient Indian world. Although of historical...

Foreword

Veda literally means 'knowledge', but more specifically refers to the Sanskrit writings of ancient India. Previously this wisdom was transmitted orally, only being written down some fifty centuries ago. The author of the Vedas, a sage named Vyasa, divided this knowledge, both spiritual and mundane, into four parts. He later compiled the Puranas, often referred to as 'the fifth Veda'. The Puranas include a history of the ancient Indian world. Although of historical interest, the Puranas are not presented chronologically, nor are their accounts confined to this planet or our limited spheres of perception and comprehension. Vyasa purposefully arranged and presented them in a way that would broaden our awareness. It is from these popular yet profound texts that most of the stories retold in this book have originated.

Vyasa had many students who became teachers of Vedic wisdom. These spiritual masters then took their own disciples, and thus, through the process of disciples succession, this knowledge was passed down throughout the ages. In modern times, Hid Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the foremost authority on Vedic philosophy, religion and culture. His translations of the Vedic texts, with extensive commentary, are used as standard textbooks in colleges and universities throughout the world. He also established a worldwide confederation of farms, schools, temples, colleges and cultural centres. One of his prime ambitions was that children might benefit from Vedic truths and values, as they are universal and go beyond all sectarian concern. The publishers hope that this volume will be a small step in that direction.

Though this book was initially written for children belonging to the Vedic (Hindu) tradition, we are hopeful they will be an inspiration to children from all walks of life and that they will be of particular interest to those involved in religious, personal and moral education.

 

Contents

 

Foreword vi
Buddha and the Teacher 9
The Brahmin and the Cobbler 14
The Intelligent Minister 18
The Plover's Eggs 20
The Pot 23
Anjaneya Eats the Sun 25
Again Become a Mouse 30
Bhrigu's Footprint 32
The Lake of Death 35
The Challenge 40
The Sadhu's Blessings 44
The Bundle of Sticks 48
The King's Finger 51
The Brahmin's Daughter 54
Five Blind Men and an Elephant 57
Vrikasura 60
Lord Chaitanya and the Banana Salesman 63
The Thread and the Blanket 66
Arjuna's Vision 68
The Crow and the Tal Fruit 74
The Gift of the Sun God 77
The Yogi's Cloth 83
Lord Jagannath and the Proud Merchant 86
Krishna the Cowherd Boy 90
Bakasura the Stork Demon 92
The Kaliya Serpent 95
Dhenukasura the Ass Demon 98
The Rasa Dance 101
Glossary 108

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Item Code: IDK449 Author: Ananta Sakti Dasa Cover: Paperback Edition: 2005 Publisher: Ras Bihari Lal and Sons ISBN: 9788187812791 Size: 11.8" X 8.3" Pages: 112 (Illustrated In B/W and Color) Other Details: weight of the book is 356 gm
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