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April 4, 2010



The Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Harappan archaeology represents the material side of the civilization that created the Vedic literature. It came at the end of a long maritime phase going back to the end of the Ice Age.

A Lecture by

Dr NS Rajaram

Dr. N.S. Rajaram

When: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Saturday, April 10, 2010

(Lecture followed by Q&A)

Venue: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Room 4-237


Ever since archaeologists unearthed the Harappan civilization nearly a century ago, scholars have sought to keep it separate from the Vedic literature and culture. This has resulted in the paradox of a history without literature for the Harappans and a literature without history for the Vedic Aryans. Following the collapse of the ‘Aryan invasion’ version of history, and recent findings in natural history and genetics, it is possible to identify the Harappans as belonging to the late Vedic Age. Harappan civilization was the twilight of the Vedic Age and broke up due to ecological degradation including the drying up of the Sarasvati River.

Natural history further allows us to trace the origins of the Vedic civilization to the maritime world of the end of the last Ice Age. Harappan iconography is full of Vedic symbols. The presentation will highlight the Harappan symbolism and its connections with the Vedic and other ancient literature. The presentation will also indicate important areas for research, which, however, requires dropping old dogmas and a readiness to use multidisciplinary approaches based on science, literature as well as combining ancient and modern metaphysics.

Dr. Navaratna S. Rajaram is a mathematical scientist who after more than twenty years as an academic and industrial researcher turned his attention to history and history of science. He has authored several acclaimed books on ancient history including Sarasvati River and the Vedic Civilization, Vedic Aryans and the Origins of Civilization (w/ David Frawley); and The Deciphered Indus Script (w/ Natwar Jha). He is best known for showing the connections between Vedic Mathematics and Indus archaeology and proposing a decipherment of the 5000 year old Indus script jointly with the late Natwar Jha. He is currently visiting the University of Massachusetts Center for Indic Studies at Dartmouth.

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The kumbha mela derives its name from the immortalizing pot of nectar described in India’s ancient scriptures. Kumbha in the Sanskrit language means “pot,” pitcher,” or “jar,” and mela means “festival.”

Kumbha mela is internationally famous as the earth’s largest gathering of human beings. Throughout the twentieth century, Western civilization has marveled at the Kumbha Mela. Sensationalistic and inaccurate journalism-reports of “millions of ignorant people bathing in the filthy water of the Ganges,” worshiping pagan gods and performing mysterious sacrifices”—has given the Western world something less than a noble appreciation of the Kumbha Mela. Thus few Westerners have taken the time to attend a Kumbha Mela or to understand the esoteric meaning of this poignant event.

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Some people say the reaction to the Kumbha Mela is so strong because kumbha mela represents the opposite of Western culture. Others say that the Kumbha Mela beckons the very soul of our existence, calling our higher self to shake off attachments to worldly life and step toward eternity. At any rate, the kumbha mela stirs the thoughts and emotions of most of us.

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Once every twelve years, Jupiter enters Aries, and the sun simultaneously enters Capricorn. According to the Vedas, this astral conjunction provides a prime opportunity for spiritual enlightenment. To celebrate this event, millions gather on the banks of the Ganges, creating the world's largest act of faith.

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