The True History and the Religion of India by H.D. Swami Prakashanand Saraswati


The True History and the Religion of India—A Concise Encyclopedia of Authentic Hinduism, Graciously authored by His Divinity Swami Prakashanand Saraswati is one of the most comprehensive books on human civilization. It is an authoritative view of the history of world thought. The book provides the most valuable information and knowledge on the Vedas, the Upnishads, the Gita, the Bhagwatam, the Puranas and all of the Hindu religion and thought. It also gives a comprehensive idea of time as envisaged in the Vedas. It can lead to a good understanding of Hindu history, philosophy, religion and Vedic sciences.

With the world facing tremendous problems of violence, conflict, environmental degradation and extreme discontent, frustration and hopelessness without any real solutions to the problems of mankind, the book does provide the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel and an insight into our civilization and heritage which can become the ultimate and the only answer to today’s crises.

Shree Veera Raghavan, (Ex) Regional Advisor, Social Development,
United Nations; Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi.

For the first time in 400 years such an encyclopedic literature has been produced that destroys the cloud of confusion about Hinduism and establishes the Divine glory of Bhartiya history and religion in the world. The True History and the Religion of India is truly a concise encyclopedia of Hinduism which contains an unimaginably enormous amount of authentic information with scientific evidences that brings the total Hinduism in one single volume. It is undoubtedly a Divine gift that has been given by Shree Swamiji for the benefit of the whole world.

Dr. David Campos, Professor, Roosevelt University, Chicago.

In recognition of the most incredible and unique revelation of the authentic knowledge of our Divine scriptures in The True History and the Religion of India, that has happened for the first time in hundreds of years, the supreme council of the World Religious Parliament, New Delhi, India, celebrated the joyous occasion in Ficci Auditorium on 11/4/99, and awarded the Spiritual title of “Dharm Chakrvarti” (Spiritual Master of the Universe) to His Divinity Swami Prakashanand Saraswati.

The True History and the Religion of India, by His Divinity Swami Prakashanand Saraswati is written in a very comprehensive manner and imparts the true knowledge of God and depicts the true history of Hinduism. It is a religious exposition of Hindutva. It rewrites the authentic history of Hinduism from the days of our ancient Sages and Saints throughout the present age. The book reveals the true knowledge of our Vedas, Upnishads, Puranas, Gita and the Bhagwatam.

I congratulate the International Society of Divine Love and Shree Swamiji, for bringing out this wonderful Encyclopedia on Hinduism and wish that this book should reach every corner of the world.

Shree Vishnu Hari Dalmia, President, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, New Delhi.

The Divine truth revealed in The True History and the Religion of India, is so amazing that it would prove to be the infallible arrow of this age to destroy the non-truthful and misleading comments about Hinduism... Without studying this book it is impossible to imagine, that how the unlimited knowledges of Bhartiya scriptures and world books were incorporated into one single volume? It is amazing; and is truly an incredible miracle of the genius world. (Translated from Hindi)

Shree Tarun Vijay, Editor, Panchjanya, New Delhi.

This amazing encyclopedic book, revealing the authentic history and the religion of Bharatvarsh, is truly unique and unparalleled. (Translated from Hindi)

Shree Bhanu Pratap Shukl, author and journalist, New Delhi.

I was amazed to come in contact with the strength of study made by Swamiji. I consider this book as a source of India’s strength for generations to come.

The description of the Upnishads overwhelms us with Swamiji’s deep insight into the scriptures. His description of Vedas, Upvedas, Vedangas, Darshan Shastras, will uplift the spirit of any Indian who is striving for the independence from foreign domination that strangled India’s character. Swamiji’s time calculations should be viewed in the light of the ancient Indian concept of a world that extends much beyond the one that is perceived by our senses.

We are very thankful to Swamiji for invigorating our country to face the degenerations that were heaped upon us through the foreign rule.

Shree Himendra Thakur, Editor “India United,” Salem, Massachusetts.

Just like Lord Vishnu, in His matsyavatar rescued and re-revealed the Vedas from the patal, likewise His Divinity Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, who is a great Devotee of Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani and well versed in Bhartiya scriptures, has revealed and produced the real history of India. Dear friend! If you want to know the real truth of all the Bhartiya scriptures at one place, read this adorable encyclopedic book that presents the immaculate reality of Sanatan Dharm. As the morning sun removes the darkness of the night, like this Swamiji has removed the darkness of the misconceptions by producing the authentic history of India. This is my deep desire that, this book, like a glowing lamp, may remove the darkness of ignorance from every mind. (from the Sanskrit text)

Dr. Om Prakash Pandey, Visiting professor of Sanskrit
(from Lucknow University), Sorbonne Nouvelle University of Paris.

This epoch-making book, The True History and the Religion of India, is designed for sincere research scholars and the seekers of God’s love. In its eight well-structured chapters, Swamiji has presented the sanctity of our religious and philosophical literature. Pujyapad Swamiji has provided a very authentic and panoramic view of the theme of all of our scriptures. One who intends to know all about Sanatan Dharm in a nutshell is advised to study chapter 4 (Part II) with rapt attention. His presentation of the western theories is amazingly logical and abundantly admirable. He has allowed the western theories to speak for themselves.

Shree Vachaspati Upadhyaya, Vice Chancellor,
Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, New Delhi.

In our opinion this is the first book that has put together vast information about the history of India, Sanskrit language, Vedas and Upnishads, the planetary system and the development of human civilization. The author clearly shows the mastery and understanding of the ancient Hindu scriptures and explains how a number of Saints and Sages brought them to light and how they established various disciplines of the Hindu religion. This book is an exquisite treatise that brings together diverse historical, religious and spiritual aspects of India in the form of a single book and compares it with other religions of the world.

Dr. Vijay Kuchroo, Professor, Harvard University, Cambridge.

The facts brought to light in this book about creation and languages will lead to new research in the fields of anthropology and astronomy and will lead (both Indians and non-Indians) to search for new directions for research in the fields of physical sciences based on the Hindu scriptural statements. Such a pioneering work was long awaited.

Dr. Deendayal Khandelwal, Chairman, Hindu University of America, Orlando.

I think highly of this book and will like it to be more widely read. Neither the Orientalists of the past had, nor hundreds of present writers who populate Departments of Asian Studies have the means or the incentive to search for the truth. All Hindu and ancient Indian literature is in Sanskrit. How many modern day Orientalists have a spiritual bent of mind and how many of them can read Sanskrit even at a superficial level?

Swami Prakashanand Saraswati is best qualified to write this history not only because he has researched the material deeply, but also because he is fully immersed in both, Sanskrit and spirituality. Shree Swamiji has rendered a great service to all intellectual and academic communities by providing original and authentic truths about India’s ancient past and its Hindu religion. It is an encyclopedic book, full of Sanskrit quotes, that gives a true story of India from its very ancient beginning.

It is a large book full of detailed facts over such a long history that it is impossible to do justice to its content in a review. It is a highly educative book. Because of its truthful perspective, it is destined to have great influence, even in the Departments of Asian Studies. It deserves to, and will be widely read.

Dr. Romesh Diwan, Professor, Rensselaer Institute, Troy, NY;
Consultant to the United Nations (UNCTAD), New York.

The primary message to mankind in this book is, that the religion of Bharatvarsh (India) is the direct descension of the Grace of God which is manifested in the form of our Divine scriptures.

Each and every chapter in the book is written in such a simple and palatable style with appropriate modern-day examples that anyone with little knowledge of Sanskrit and English can understand what Hinduism is in the true sense. I am personally blessed by Swamiji to be able to have a copy of this masterpiece of literature on Hinduism. I have educated myself very much from reading this book. Swamiji has knowledge like an ocean, and mine is even a trillion times smaller that a drop of water. Because of this, I enjoy reading this book which is full of riches on Hinduism. I am confident that others will feel the same way, provided they go through this Encyclopedia of Authentic Hinduism with an open mind and with the idea of learning and educating themselves about this religion that we call Hinduism.

It is therefore highly recommended for every temple library, religious institute, college and university library and every household that wishes to educate, preserve and lead a blissful life following Hinduism.

Dr. Sen Pathak, Professor, University of Texas, Houston.

There is a large section of chapter 4 of Part I devoted to the evolution theory, Einstein, quantum mechanics, Big Bang, etc. In my opinion, by covering all these subjects in a single volume, Swamiji has made a unique contribution to the literature on religion and science from a new perspective.

I strongly recommend that research scholars should make an in-depth study of what new things Swamiji has said.

Dr. Satya P. Agarwal, Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley;
UN, chief advisor on Human Resources.

This book is a monumental work that offers a comprehensive view of various aspects of Hinduism including its rich history, philosophy, sacred writings, and, in particular, its unique approach to God realization - bhakti or the divine love of personal form of God. The book is an excellent source for those who would like to have a broad overview of the religion of India.

The book offers an excellent discussion of numerous aspects of Hinduism. This is undoubtedly the most comprehensive book on Hinduism. In addition to discussing the religion of India, the book makes a key contribution in identifying the confusing and misleading views of a number of historians, philosophers, and writers of the past several centuries.

Dr. Viktor Prasanna, Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

His Divinity Swami Prakashanand Saraswati offers a compelling argument in his scholarly work “The True History and the Religion of India” that how, in fact, the history of India has been distorted. Shree Swamiji’s research-based observations in this regard are eye opening. Swamiji has also examined other civilizations extensively in this context.

This Concise Encyclopedia of Authentic Hinduism is a blessing from Shree Swamiji for all those open-minded intellectuals who are willing to pursue the truth.

Shree Piyush Agarwal, Ed.D., (Retd.) Superintendent of Schools, New Jersey.

Pujya Shri Swami Prakashanand Saraswati has written a monumental book whose impact will be felt around the world for centuries to come.

This book is a rich source of authentic information about India drawn from many sources and thus forms a scientific (to use a modern term) basis for reconstructing Indian history. The references are numerous, and the quotes from Indian scriptures make this a reference book of immense value. Every Indian and every person interested in Indian history and literature should read this book. A billion thanks (on behalf of so many Indians) to Pujya Shri Swamiji who has dedicated his time to bring out this monumental work of importance to us all.

Dr. T.M. Srinivasan, Professor, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ.

In this unique treatise of 800 pages, Shree Swami Prakashanand Saraswati has produced such a scholarly work that puts to shame many indologists of international fame.

To sum up, by writing this monumental book, Swami Prakashanand Saraswati has produced a brahmand of knowledge that not only eliminates the distortions that were created by the Western and Westernized scholars, but brings together the main elements of 4 Vedas, 4 Upvedas, 6 Vedangas, 4 Sutras, 6 Darshan Shastras, 11 Prime Upnishads, 18 Puranas, Ramayan, Mahabharat, Gita and Bhagwatam. This gigantic task has been performed with highest standards of logical investigation, displaying a high degree of scholarly competence in Indian and Western history, religion, philosophy and scientific theories.

Dr. L.P. Singh, Professor Emeritus, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

This is an encyclopedic book which traces the history of various civilizations and countries in relation to the history of India. The religion of the Indian civilization, the Sanatan Dharm (the eternal order) is discussed in extenso. The book is a mine of information.

Dr. E.C.S. Sudarshan, Professor, University of Texas, Austin.

The True History and the Religion of India is not just the title of the book, but it truly is an authentic book on the history of India and the religion of India. Swami Prakashanandji Maharaj has truly and thoroughly lived to the title of the book. To do that, Shree Swamiji has worked as a researcher, a historian, a scientist, a religious person, a spiritual master and a true patriot of India. It is tremendously creditable for a sanyasi to research in so many varied fields.

It is rare to find and read religion and history together, that too in a very scientific way, and proven by research and experimentation. Swamiji has done extensive and tremendous work in doing so. Swamiji has gone far beyond the Vedic knowledge and spirituality in writing about the modern science, and history of the world and universe. He has quoted scientists and philosophers of the world in this book. The True History and the Religion of India is not just for Indians, it is for the people of the world.

Shree Hari Bindal, PE, (Ex)National Director,
International Hindi Association, Washington, D.C.

There was an imperative need for an authentic compendium on Hinduism and this publication truly presents the truth from all of our Divine Scriptures: the Vedas, Upnishads, Gita and Shrimad Bhagwatam etc.

Swami Prakashanand Saraswatiji deserves to be congratulated for compiling such a gigantic work in this concise encyclopedia for use of research scholars and all those interested seekers of God’s love. This wonderful publication will benefit one and all.

Your efforts are indeed commendable, Swamiji. Congratulations once again. May Lord Almighty shower His choicest of blessings on you to enable you to serve humanity by spreading the message of the devotional aspects of God realization and love of Radha Krishn (divine-love-consciousness) for many more years.

Pt. Surendre Tewarie, President, Netherlands
Sanatan Dharm Vidwat Parishad, Holland.

I am much pleased to receive a copy of The True History and the Religion of India. This work encyclopedic in nature will be of great use for historians, research scholars and those who desire to know about the true history, religion and culture of Bharatvarsh.

Jagadguru Shankaracharya Shree Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal,
Kanchi Kamkoti Peetham, Tamilnadu, India.

Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Dwarika Sharda Peeth and Jyothishpeeth, Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati has expressed his hearty appreciation for the monumental work by His Divinity Swami Prakashanand Saraswati The True History and the Religion of India which is an authentic book on Hinduism.

This book reveals the glory of Divine love of Supreme God, Shree Krishn, and Shree Radha Rani. It describes the simplest universal path of God realization which was revealed by the Supreme God, Krishn Himself.

It gives a complete information about Hindu religion, scriptures, history and their divinity in a concise style. Seekers of God’s love will certainly benefit from this great publication. Congratulations to Shree Swamiji for such a stupendous work to publish this great book for which we are all grateful.

Jagadguru Ramanujacharya, Sudarshanacharya Maharaj, Faridabad, India.

The True History and the Religion of India provides all the information at one place for the seekers of God’s love. A lot of study, research and unstinted efforts have gone into compilation of this concise Encyclopedia, which is the imperative need of the day. While living in this materialistic world, we are helplessly seeing the fast decline in moral, social, ethical, family and religious values; this book will help in arresting this declining trend.

Shree Nanak Chand Sharma, President, World Academy of Ayurveda, New Delhi.

There are so many religious institutions and scholars in India but none of them have so far highlighted the actual truth in its originality. Shree Swamiji has made a great contribution through this book, for which we are all grateful.

Shree Shiv Kumar Sharma, Advocate, Supreme Court, New Delhi.

Shree Swamiji has done extensive research in original documents in writing this unique book. His religious and spiritual knowledge and experience has given him the unflinching conviction about the wealth of knowledge stored in Hindu scriptures.

Swamiji has done a great service to global Indian community by writing this concise book. Its reading will boost the spirit of those who love their country, religion and culture, and enlighten those who are searching for the truth. The time has come that the scientific knowledges of the Upnishads in relation to the Creation should be considered as a guideline for further researches in cosmology. I strongly recommend everyone interested in ‘India’ to read this excellent book.

Dr. Mahesh J. Mehta, Vice president, Research and Development,
Koch Systems, Boston, Massachusetts.

(Comments of top scientists of the world)

This book represents a monumental amount of work requiring serious study to fully comprehend and appreciate the sacred message and its implications. His Divinity Swami Prakashanand Saraswati has done a superb job in bringing all the salient aspects of Hinduism in one book. In such an endeavor, it is almost impossible to be comprehensive, concise and precise at the same time... Shree Swamiji indeed deserves gratitude from all humanity for showing to the world the wisdom of the Hindu scriptures. His Divinity has elaborated in details the precise chronology of the epoch event (the origination of this brahmand); and I am awed at the comprehensiveness of his research and understanding. Indeed Krishn Dwaipayan should be smiling that his holy message is being promulgated.

Dr. Krishna M. Koliwad, Physicist, Manager,
Avionics System & Technology Division, JPL (NASA), Los Angeles.

The True History and the Religion of India is a comprehensive exposition of the basis of Hinduism. This book has made an admirable start in incorporating the ideas from Hindu scriptures to expand on the recent scientific findings. They are very thought provoking. However, because of the seriousness of the subject matter and the depth of each topic covered, this book should be read as a text.

Dr. Gautam Badhwar, Chief Scientist for Space Radiation,
‘Exceptional Scientific Achievement’ Medalist,
Johnson Space Center, NASA, Houston.

In my experience of about 30 years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology I had not yet read such a clear, smooth and brief description on the theories of evolution, origin of the universe, and the general theory of relativity. It is amazing to realize that Swamiji has such a depth of knowledge of the subjects in which people spend their entire career. His conclusions about the inadequacies of these theories are based on logical arguments that are very convincing. This book is a must for reading by those who are wanting to be enlightened about life, its role, and how it should be lived.

Dr. Santosh Kumar Srivastava, Fellow of the American Physical Society,
Principal Scientist, JPL California Institute of Technology (NASA), Los Angeles.

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