“The true knowledge is that of the highest, the inmost, the infinite. The knower of the Brahman sees all these lower things in the light of the Highest, the external and superficial as a translation of the internal and essential, the finite from the view of the Infinite.”
Sri Aurobindo

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Bṛhat Essentials
Indian Knowledge System
Svayaṃbodha - Śatrubodha
Sanskrit
An extensive work that describes how Sikhs have always been honored members of Hindu society, and how Hindus have cherished the legacy of the gurus.
Key and comprehensive text from the 68th Jagadguru Shankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham. If there is one book that can both detail and explain what Hinduism is, from its own point of view, this is it.
An important work that shows how itihāsa was given a very high rank in the domain of knowledge, in ancient India. Let none say we did not possess a historical sense.
In this paper Shri Saran argues that though Gandhi refused to formulate a religious or philosophical system, he did stand, throughout his life, for certain ideas, which are nothing if not of universal significance. In order to show this clearly, Saran reviews the nature and context of the challenge to which Gandhi's life and thought were a dedicated response.
Sri Aurobindo is not only in our past. He is in fact in the future, awaiting us on the day we fully understand, realize and embody his vision - which is but the old and original Hindu vision.
Fundamental text for the development of Hindu svayaṃbodha, or what Shri Kapil Kapoor calls ekatva buddhi- the collective civilizational consciousness. Coomaraswamy is a core thinker for us at Bṛhat.
Here the eminent Shri Bharat Gupt details how Nāṭyaśāstra is regarded as a fundamental text not only for theatre, but also for dance, music and poetry . Its ideas of emotional enjoyment (bhāva-rasa), heroines and exciting background have influenced Indian sculpture, architecture, painting, folk poetry, dress and even the art of conversation.
Key and comprehensive text from the 68th Jagadguru Shankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham. This work details what the traditional view of the Vedas is, from the voice of a master.
Focusing on the fundamentals of Sanskrit as revealed in literary classics, the text follows the forms and constructions of the older language, as exhibited in the Veda and the Brahamana.
Fundamental śatrubodha text that asks questions yet to be answered even by India's most imminent historians. Scrupulous and comprehensive work drawing from primary sources to tell the truth of what happened to our civilization.
An overview of the scheme of classification of things, ontology, in śāstrika literature and the development of alternative means for knowledge representation based on this.
Shri Kak's seminal work, already two decades old, that showed how a sincere, rooted and plausible approach to ancient Indian chronology should look like. Relevant to this day, and not really surpassed in its scholarship.
A great and lucid primer to two of Hindu philosophy's primary darśanas. Important text to understand Indian ontology and epistemology.
Originally a dissertation presented to the University of Berne, The Kalas has gone on to become a foundational text exposing aspects Indian civilizational thinking and knowledge. Its cultural import is recognized by scholarship when it is seen as an important part in the knowledge base of civilization as we see it.
A fundamental śatrubodha text that turns the gaze. Hinduism has always been looked through the eyes of Christianity and Islam, but here they are discussed from the viewpoint of Hindu spirituality.
This collection of essays and speeches Shri Dharampal showcases his extraordinary range and luminary gaze. Beginning with pieces showing India on the eve of European ascendancy, it takes us to the impoverished realities we were in towards the end.
An intellectual biography of Shri Sita Ram Goel that even now many of us can relate to, in our own ways. Shows how one must be a conscious Hindu to survive when under attack from several quarters.
This collection of essays by Shri Dharampal engages us into his disquiet, which is owed to the reality that India's society and polity have scarcely been in sync- which is to say that rarely functioned by a shared idiom or code.
A fundamental śatrubodha text that turns the gaze. Exposes the rosy world of communism and revolutions for what it really is, and the dangers it presents to modern India.
Fundamental śatrubodha text that asks questions yet to be answered even by India's most imminent historians. Scrupulous and comprehensive work drawing from primary sources to tell the truth of what happened to our civilization.
This is a text not to be missed. Bhartṛhari's linguistic vedantism is both unique and unparalleled. Describes to us the fundamental nature of śabda brahman, giving insight into the mind of our great linguist ṛṣis.
A coverage of what Sri Aurobindo thought about history, and a good exposition of the different ways that history can be looked at, apart from the mainstream and established 'linear' view.
When we think of civilizational consciousness we tend to think more of the Veda and the Purāṇa, the brahman and the karman. But little is known or considered about polity, statecraft, nationhood and the like. Here is the definitive text.
The Amarakośaḥ is a Sanskrit thesaurus, and a fundamental text in Indian ontology. Though it is among the oldest Sanskrit lexicons we have, the author Amarasiṃha refers of 18 precedents. This is an English translation.
A highly unique work that speculates on the ātmapaneda category of verb declensions in Sanskrit using the ontology of Bhartṛhari, one of India's greatest linguist-ṛṣis.
In the author's own words - "The Introductory was produced as a service to mankind: so far as I am concerned, it is freely available in the public domain. As such, you are of course free to translate it, and you do not require my permission."
Arguably one of the consciousness raising and paradigm altering texts one can ever read. Permanently changes our worldview and reclibrates it more in synch with our civilizational consciousness.
A key svayaṃbodha text from arguably the most lucid and sincere contemporary voice on Vaidika thought. Shri Frawley in many ways takes forward the work of Sri Aurobindo, and retells the true message of the Veda.
Explores the meaning of Islam through the words of the Sahih Muslim, considered to be one of the most authoritative of the collections of "traditions" (Arabic Hadith) about the life of the Prophet Muhammad.
A unique work at the edge of modern ontology and classification. Examines the Amarakośa and links it to contemporary word synsets and cateogories.
A fundamental and essential text, introducing us to the Bhāratīya Jñāna Paramparā. Explains concepts like jñāna, darśana, vidyā and much more.
A Hindu approach offering deep and lasting solutions to world problems, which go beyond the limitations of Western religions or Western science, keeping consciousness as the real thrust in civilization.
A chilling paper from Shri AK Saran where he argues that there is no living Hindu society in India, which is to say that Hinduism as a religion is already dead. This is true, Saran argues, even as Hindu tradition and spirituality have not decayed or died.
A unique work that attempts translation of the famous Ṛgvedic sūkta using Sri Aurobindo's paradigm, and in the process finds novel interpretation. An example of the new work that can be done on the Veda even today.
A key document that gives a lucid and succint description of Hinduism, in the process teaching even insiders a better articulation for it.
This paper explores Indian musical forms, in particular their basic thrust, the aesthetic and technical aspects. The meeting of traditional forms with modernity, the issues thrown up and the adjustments made are also be touched upon. Dr. Lakshmi Sreeram is a Carnatic and Hindustani vocalist as well as a writer and academic based in Chennai.
A work from a time when Hindus and Sikhs were spoken of in one breath, and it was taken for granted that they were one and that they had suffered and striven together.
The Amarakośaḥ is a Sanskrit thesaurus, and a fundamental text in Indian ontology. Though it is among the oldest Sanskrit lexicons we have, the author Amarasiṃha refers of 18 precedents. This valuable book translates it in 4 languages and provides illustrations too.
A cornerstone text in IKS. Prof. Shri Hiriyanna was a pioneer in establishing the relationship of philosophy, aesthetics and life. This book is a collection of 15 essays on Indian aesthetics, where he eludicates the theory of rasa from the point of view of sāṅkhya for example.
A survey that details how Hindus were interested in and contributed to the arithmetical and computational activities of mathematics rather than to the deductive patterns.
A comprehensive and indispensable reference text detailing the highly developed fine arts of ancient India, including 64 arts-music, dancing, painting, cooking,magical art,literature etc.
A representation of the unknown, unlauded work that has gone into Sanskrit in the digital world, this paper introduces a digital tool for learning and teaching Sanskrit. It uses an existing resource called Sanskrit Wordnet.
The Amarakośaḥ is a Sanskrit thesaurus, and a fundamental text in Indian ontology. Though it is among the oldest Sanskrit lexicons we have, the author Amarasiṃha refers of 18 precedents.