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Shiva and Parvati from Andhra  Pradesh, circa 11th century CE. Bronze, 16”

This one is missing the figure of Skanda, their son, synonymous with Kumara or Murugan as he is known in TN. These sculptures are known as Soma Skanda. This Sanskrit expression literally means Shiva with Uma and Skanda. Skanda is always shown as an infant  or child. Ganesha their other son is never shown in this particular style of depiction.

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the home page of the Indic Studies Foundation

Swagatam स्वागतम  స్వాగతమ్

Both Devanagari and Telugu scripts are derived from Brahmi (as are most scripts in the Indian subcontinent) probably the oldest historical phonetic, syllabic script devised by the human species. The name Brahmi (consort of Brahma) is synonymous with that of our guardian deity  the Goddess Saraswati and may be an indication that it was developed along  the banks of the river Saraswati. For some pictures of early Brahmi manuscripts see for instance the section on Linguistics
 

Endaro Mahanubhavulu Andariki Ma Vandanamulu

 ఎందరొ మహానుభావుల్య్అందరికి మా వందనములు

 न्दरो हानुभवुलु न्दरिकि मा वन्दनमुलु

(song composed by Saint Thyagaraja,'To all the great souls of the past who have attained spiritual realization our namaskarams/salutations)

and what distinguishes  such a person (see below)

 

 

 

 

 

Every endeavor begins and ends  with the Peace invocation
ऊँ सहनाववतू । सह नौभुनक्तु  ।सहवीर्यँ करवावहै 

तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु । मा विद्विषावहै ।।

ऊँ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ।।

OM Saha na vavatu  

OM! May that Brahman protect us both (Teacher and disciple)

saha nau bhunaktu  

May that Brahman nourish us both

sahaviryam karvaavaihi

 May we work together in harmony with great vigor

tejasvi na avadhitamastu  

May our study be illuminating and fruitful

maa vidvishaavahaiiyi  

May we not hate each other

OM shaanti shaanti shaanti   

OM, Peace, Peace, Peace

 

 

A Note on Navigation

There is a lot of material on this site, at last count there were more than  3000 files, enough to fill several books.. There are a couple of ways to Navigate. One is to use the buttons in the banner at the top of the page . They are not comprehensive .A more comprehensive listing is provided in the Index page. There are also links interspersed throughout each page. If you feel lost in a labyrinth, you can always go back to the home page by clicking on the link in the  banner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel to Historically interesting  places

If you are interested in  exploring interesting locales, some of which are mentioned in these pages from a historical and archaeological perspective, contact the webmaster@indicstudies.us. .Our travel associates specialize in putting together tours  for individuals and groups to countries such as India, China, South America and other localities with an interesting historical perspective. We offer our specialized knowledge of History should you need a travel manager to explain and analyze  with an in depth knowledge and insights into  History.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hard copies of any material authored by us available for a modest donation

Several of the monographs  mentioned on this site (e.g. "The Dhaarmic Traditions ...") are available in Hard copy as a spiral bound edition for a modest donation to the Indic studies foundation to defray the costs of printing and shipping and handling. Please contact the webmaster@indicstudies.us for quotes on any material authored by us at the Indic Studies Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

The Indic Studies  Foundation, based in the San  Francisco Bay Area, seeks to propagate a more accurate and rational approach to the study and dissemination of the Indian Civilizational ethos in the world, particularly in the United States and India. While India regards herself as a   Civilizational Power, the image that India evokes is far removed from that of the Indics as they see themselves

Read more to understand the Motivation for starting the Foundation

Online Sanskrit dictionary Since we may use Sanskrit from time to time please feel free to use this dictionary or the more comprehensive one by Monier Williams . Our first suggestion would be to visit the glossary of Indic and S'krit terms  for context sensitive meanings and then if you  cannot find the word or phrase, to go to the dictionaries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vision

We will be guided by the vision of an Indic Civilization that regains the relative stature that it had attained during the millennia between 5000 BCE and 1200 CE and establishes a more competitive posture as it scales new heights

 

 

 

 

 

Indic Studies Foundation

The Indic Studies Foundation is a 501(c)(3), not for profit public benefit corporation, incorporated in California,  promoting the Hindu and American ideals of embracing diversity and the freedom to exercise choices while  trying to correct  the egregious depictions of the Dhaarmic Traditions in text books and in the media Contact ISF at 1-925-271 4528 or on the web at www.indicethos.org.


ISF
is committed to devising and executing plans that will
 
focus awareness on the antiquity, diversity, intellectual vibrancy, the logical rigor and ontological scope of Indic civilization, the profound contributions it has made to many spheres of activity of humanity.
 
comprehend the nature and breadth of adversarial theologies which seek to malign the Indic ethos, dispel lacunae and misconceptions in the understanding of Indic traditions in India and the Western hemisphere, as exemplified by the case of the California Text Book Misrepresentation of Ancient India in 2005/2006

explore the progress in realizing the unfulfilled promise and potential of this nation and its talented populace

the Foundation will undertake a series of seminars annually with an exclusive focus on Indic history -- to
specifically research the distorted history, investigate its consequences, assess its consequences, and remedy the situation by facilitating  impartial/professional research into Indic history, and in addition will conduct programs to correct the history in the academia, media and in public perception.

 

 

From the Editors Desk,

 

ICIH 2009

October 2008

We are pleased to announce that Indic studies Foundation, a not for profit public benefit corporation has been granted Tax exempt status from both Federal and state authorities, under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal revenue code. Consequently , all charitable donations to the foundation are tax exempt.

March 2008

Planning is under way for  the First International Conference on Indian History, January 9-11, 2009 ICIH 2009 , to be held at India International Centre, 40 Lodi Estate, New Delhi . Please mark your calendars and bookmark the  requisite page on this site.

If you wish to participate in the conference, please inform the webmaster of this site accordingly.

Fundraising for ICIH 2009 is underway  to meet  the budgetary needs of the conference. Our need for domestic (within India) expenses amounts to IN Rs.10 lakhs  or $25,000. We would appreciate your help in meeting this need. You can do so through PayPal, using the Button below.

 

January, 2008

We are adding a lot more buttons on the navigational panel at the top, left hand side and bottom of the  page. For instance, we have added new buttons on Famine during the British colonial era. Famine stalked the land  every   3 or 4 years and was particularly virulent after the British crown took over the administration of  the vast subcontinent. According  to official figures 26 million people died of hunger and starvation between  the years 1876 -1904. We will have an investigative report on Famine in India, before the end of this   quarter.

HEC2007

March 2008

Please note that  the Proceedings  of the Distorted History seminar  at HEC2007 are now available at www.lulu.com under the title :"Astronomical dating of Events, & Select Vignettes from  Indian History"

Review of Proceedings


 
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Past editorials can be found in the editorial archives

 

 

Some Planned Projects

Investigate the misdating of Indian Chronology beginning with Sir William Jones, MaxMueller  and others

"Caste (as we experience it today in India) is neither an unchanged survival of ancient India nor a single system that reflects a core cultural value. Rather than a basic expression of Indian tradition, caste is a modern phenomenon – the product of a concrete historical encounter between India and British colonial rule " Nicholas Dirks

Propagate the truth that the current social phenomenon under the general rubric of Caste is not autochthonous to the subcontinent. It is a system that was fostered, embellished and nurtured extensively by the British Colonial Power , so that what goes by Caste today has no relationship to any Hindu core cultural value or  ancient tradition.

Investigate and research Indic contributions to the Mathematical sciences, in  particular to Mathematics and Astronomy

What is new

Take a look at our expanding glossary and suggest new phrases for inclusion

The Ghost of Macaulay Haunts 171 Years Later by Anita Mukherjee

Vedic Mathematicians in Ancient India Part II

Vedic Mathematicians in Ancient India Part III  (May 10,2006)

Andhra Kingdoms (833 BCE- 327BCE) (May13,2006)

Summer internships at the Vedic Foundation (May 14,2006)

FOSA started by Paki individuals according to Wiki  (May15,2006)

Ancient Indian Astronomy by Vepa P Sarathi (May15,2006)

Indo-US Deal has the enthusiastic support of powerful Jewish lobby (May 16,2006)

The DhArmic Traditions (September 2,2006)

Sanskrit verses of  all eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita have been loaded  

What is the scope of Indic Studies as envisaged by the foundation

 

Recent Articles and Presentations

Indology and Indologists ( a study of motives and people)

The South Asia File

 

IRF South Asia File presentation

 

 

 

We support the following charitable organizations

IDRF

We support fundraising on behalf of a Hindu Defense Fund

 

Links to specific areas of interest

Economic History,  and Future Challenges

Women in Ancient India

Ancient Indian Astronomy

Security, Global Power and Geopolitics

Mathematics in Ancient India

Vedic Mathematicians in the Ancient World  Part  I

The Indic Darshanas

These are the  Core Values  we try to live by

The chronology Project

Hinduism  or the Sanatana Dharma

Science and Technology in Ancient India

Vedic Mathematicians in the Ancient World  Part  Ii

Indian History Resources and Materials

The  Debate on the origin of the Vedics

Vedic Mathematicians in the Ancient World  Part  III

California Text Books

Secularism and The Hindu

Andhra Kingdoms

Current Events

BanglaDesh

India's Maritime History

The Education of Children in  India

Sanskrit

Secularism and the Hindu

Sanskrit Texts available online

Democracy in Ancient India

The DhArmic Tradition

It is the  demographics  stupid

Book Reviews

Hindu Vedic Weddings

Kalidasa

How  not  to think like a   Leonardo da Vinci

Macaulay's Minute on Education
     
     
     
     

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Action

Get involved as a concerned citizen

Check with local library and determine how you can select India related books/media

Become a member of the PTA and ascertain how you can influence what is taught in the classroom

Donate Text Books to School Library

Donate Books/DVD to Local Library

Get involved in "California Text Book Travesty"

 

The Wheel of Konarak

The Sun temple of Konarak, also known as Black Pagoda, is the crowning glory of the temple architecture of ancient Orissa. Built in A.D. 1250, during the reign of the Eastern Ganga King Narasimhadeva - I, centuries of myth and legend shroud its history. The design is the celestial chariot of the Sun God pulled by seven exquisitely carved ornamented horses, strained on twelve wheels on either side. The huge monolithic wheels represent time, unity, completeness, justice, perfection and movement and each wheel stands for a fortnight and each horse a day of the week.

कालचक्र  KAlachakra

काल= कलयति सर्वाणि भूताणि

Time is regarded in Hindu thought as a cyclical phenomenon

and the cycle of destruction and regeneration ,

the cycle of Utpatti , laya is Kalachakra

मै समय हूं

अहं काल अस्तु

According to Saint Thyagaraja  a Self realized individual exhibits the following characteristics

Has control over their monkey like senses
 * Has attained bliss and spiritual heights of happiness
 * Has filled their heart with supreme lord
Rama
 * Has followed the path of wisdom and friendship.
 * Has spread the light of kindness

 * has gathered the Ocean of knowledge in Shrimad
Bhagavatham, Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita and vedas

 

 

 

 

The dignity  and serenity of this individual as well as his robe bespeaks a person of some standing in the community. This is the famous (by now) bust discovered in Mohenjo Daro. But who was he ? A member of royalty or a priest  or simply   a person of some standing in the urban environment  of the Saraswati Sindhu civilization (SSC) . What language did he speak ? Could he communicate using a script?

We know little about the details of his life. What we do know is that the SSC was fairly widespread across a fairly large  area spread over a million square  miles . We also know that  their descendants in these areas preserved their traditions over several millennia. Perhaps we have to be satisfied with the  thought that his ideas live on even though we do not know his name or much else about him. We like to think he is somebody of the stature of Patanjali,who is reputed to have developed his treatise on Yoga sutras as well as his Bhashya on the Ashtadyayi of Panini, as a resident of the SSC.

 
 
 
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