A Brief History of Vedas

This is an upcoming book by Sri K. Suresh. Expected to release in late 2020 / early 2021

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  • View the topics covered in Sri K. Suresh’s upcoming book detailing the origin and tracing back the history of Vedas.
  • This book is set to be released in early 2020.
  • This book talks about the various periods of the Vedic age, namely the Sruti period, Bhashya period, mantra creation period, Sutra period etc.
  • It explains the Sikshas (~48) across all the Vedas. Sikshas are a class of texts dealing with details of letters and syllables.
  • A brief overview of the Pratishakhya of all the 4 Vedas are detailed as well. The Pratishakhya refer principally to the phonetic laws of language, presuppose a long-continued study of grammatical subjects before the time of their composition.
  • It tracks the lineage of different Rishis including Veda Vyasa, Bhrigu, Vasishta, Kasyapa etc. who were responsible for teaching and transmitting the Vedas to the next generation.
  • A brief history of Sukla Yajur Veda is also explained, along with the story of Yajnavalkya, who founded Sukla Yajur Veda.
  • It also provides a glimpse into almost 115 Shakas across all the Vedas, most of which are not in practice currently. It explains why we have different Shakas and the reasons for extinction of different Shakas are also provided.
  • Lookout for the detailed Shaka tree i.e Organizational chart that visually explains how the different Shaka’s were passed down.
  • There is also a chapter on protection of Vedas.
  • Concepts of Galita pada and Samaya pada are also explained. Vedic chanting methods also known as Ashta Vikruthies are also explained briefly.