General Editor: Kireet JoshiEditors: Prin. Kanjibhai Patel Prof. Manibhai PrajapatiDr. Urmi Samir Shah
(Dr. Gautam Patel Felicitation Volume on Vedic Studies)
Mr. Kireet Joshi the chief editor is an eminent educationalist Ardent Aurobindinian and well known Vedic Scholar. He Served as Special Secretary in the Ministry of H.R.D Govt. of India and Educational Advisor to the Govt. of India and to the Chief Minister of Gujarat. He was also member Secretary of the Rashtriya Veda Vidya Partisthan and the Chairman ICPR and Chairman Auroville foundation. His some of the noteworthy publications are A philosophy of Education for the contemporary youth a philosophy of evolution for the contemporary Man philosophy of the role of the contemporary teacher Sri Aurobindo and the mother. The Veda and Indian culture etc.
The Vedas are in exhaustive mine of knowledge and Indian wisdom. Keeping in mind an eternal value of the Vedas and Dr. Gautam Patel’s genuine interest in Vedic studies the present volume has been prepared and presented to Dr. Gautam Patel an eminent Sanskrit and Vedic Scholar as his felicitation volume.
Both the parts contain overall 140 articles written in English Sanskrit and Hindi languages on various aspects of Vedic studies which are divided in to six major subject groups i.e. I Seers, Gods and Meters. II. Philosophy and Religion III, Language and literature IV, Culture and society, V. Vedang and Vedic interpretations and VI. Science and environment some of the contributors are eminent and erudite scholars honored by the president of India while others are emerging enthusiastic research scholars from all parts of India and abroad. It is sure that the volume will be immensely useful to the researches and students without fall.
Mr. K.M. Patel the editor is a retd. Principal P.K. Katawala arts and science college Patan (1984-1992) and Head Dept. of Prakrit (1959-1992) he also worked as Head Dept. of Sanskrit and Prakrit H.N.G. University Patan and Adivsor (Research & Development) L.D. Institute of Indology Ahmedabad (1998 -2010) He was Sanskrit Sahitya Akademi gandhinagar Shastrachudamani by the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan New Delhi and Swami Madhusudananand Sarasvati Prize by the B.H.U Varanasi (1963) he published 10 books 50 research studied articles and organized more than 10 state level Seminars and conferences.
Mr. Manibhai K. Prajapati (1947) the editor is a director of publication Kadi sarva vishwa vidyalaya gandhinagar Prior to this he served as a university Librarian and coordinator Dept. of Library and information Science (1991-2009) and Registrar (2007-08) H.N.G. University Patan, central Secretariat Library, Ministry of H.R.D. Govt. of India New Delhi (1979-1991) and B.K. Arts and Science college Palanpur (1971-1979) he was awarded Indo British TC.T.P Award for advanced studies in library and Information science in 1989-1990 He authored edited or co-edited 15 books and 50 articles.
These are the words of a poet seer of the last century of India our Bharat. Here we find an echo of our ancient tradition which is deeply rooted in the Vedic seers life and achievements who are regarded in our tradition as the poets who composed the Vedic mantras not from knowledge but from vision one must remember here the definition of the word or seer the truth who has visualized. The concept is expressed in a very simple but convincing term by Shri Kireet Joshi in his book Veda and Indian culture.
Such as perennial wisdom in poetry is possible only when the soul of a poet has touched the infinity. The Indian concept of such a touch of infinity could be expressed as Brahmasansparsa. When such a unique position of mind a realized the unique thoughts would be its natural outcome and unique is always universal. So today we find the concepts principles and precepts of the Vedic seers as relevant even in modern society. Some of them have a universal appeal not only for Indians but for the whole of humanity. It is a well known fact that truth remains truth it never decays nor meets death in any condition at any moment in any country.
Vedas abound in such universal thoughts. The most relevant concept as expressed in the Veda is the ideal of world citizenship. We come across the word, A citizen of the world. When we read the Vedic Sammitas we learn they neither talk in terms of any particular religion nor do they proclaim any thing for any geographical part of the earth. For the Vedic seers the whole world becomes one nest. This concept is the expression of another similar of the modern concept of the world as a global village.
In Veda man at the Centre in the Journey from Humanity to divinity as professed by Shri Aurobindo is the most cherished ideal. See be a human being and give birth to a divine person in you. Even the gods are invited as human beings in several prayers and agni the most praised god of those days is regarded as the gust at the threshold of every house.
The environmental consciousness of the Indian people in general and of the Vedic seers in Particular deserves a special attention. The earth regarded as the mother or the sun is the soul of all the moving and unmoving entities and Indra is a friend. Such family relations were developed later and the moon has become Chandamama of every Indian Child. These relations with objects of nature are rare and to the best of our knowledge they are found in the Vedic culture Only.
Love for nature is the outcome of the philosophical and poetic outlook of that age. To the mind of the Vedic seer the world is the poem of eternal divinity. Hence even when man desired to cut the branch of a tree for sacrificial purpose he would first pray the tree before using the axe.
The concept of peace and longing for it is not the monopoly of the modern man it was cherished by Vedic seers in a manner worth noting. The Vedic seer is keen for fearlessness a virtue which was cultivated at its zenith by Mahatma Gandhi in the last century and this virtue of finds the first place when the Lord Krishna has enumerated the divine qualities in Bhagavad-gita.
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