In this pathbreaking book, the authors show that the ancient Indians were no primitives but possessed a high spiritual culture, which not only influenced the evolution of the Western world in decisive ways but which still has much to teach us today. India's archaic spirituality is codified in the rich symbols, metaphors, and myths of the magnificent Rig-Veda, which is shown to be much older than has been widely assumed by scholars. The present book also unravels the astonishing mathematical and astronomical code hidden in the Vedic hymns. Anyone interested in ancient cultural history, India, archaeo-astronomy, or spirituality will find this well researched and cross-cultural work spellbinding and enriching.
- This is a scholarly masterpiece and belongs in the home and library of every person who wishes to evolve using the wisdom of the ages.”ãDeepak Chopra, M.D., author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind and Quantum Healing
- From a formidable team of scholars comes a challenging attempt to introduce clarity into history. Feuerstein, Kak, and Frawley know India's traditions inside out. This book is a thrilling piece of scholarship, an exercise of head and heart." - Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words and REcovering the Soul
- "This is a fascinating attempt to set the record of India's ancient history straight, by clearing the field of much scholarly misinformation and disinformation. The work merits wide attention from students, teachers, and researchers in the humanities." - Prof. K. L. Seshagiri Rao, chief editor of Encyclopedia of Hinduism
- "In Search of the Cradle of Civilization is truly groundbreaking and will provoke vigorous debate. In my estimate, this is a landmark book and the foundation for the rewriting of human history since 6000 BCE."-Dr. Klaus Klostermeier, Prof. of Religious Studies, Univ. of Manitoba
Dr. Georg Feuerstein Ph.D (27 May 1947 – 25 August 2012) was a German Indologist specializing in the philosophy and praxis of Yoga. Feuerstein authored over 30 books on mysticism, Yoga, Tantra, and Hinduism. He translated, among other traditional texts, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita.
Feuerstein was born in Würzburg, Germany. He moved to England to do his postgraduate research at Durham University and subsequently lived for 23 years in the United States. In 2004, Georg and his wife and spiritual partner, Brenda L Feuerstein, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada and in 2012 he became a citizen of Canada, where he died 25 August 2012 due to complications from diabetes.
It was stated that Feuerstein was a founding member of the Indian Academy of Yoga, Benares Hindu University. This Academy came into being in 1981 and, while he is not listed as being a Founding Member, or having Foundation Membership in January 1981, his name does appear as one of the 130 Life Members of the Academy: he is number 28 on the list.
- Ken Wilber has called him "probably Gebser's foremost American interpreter".
- Historian of religions Mircea Eliade called Feuerstein's The Philosophy of Classical Yoga, "one of the most profound and original contributions to the understanding of classical yoga".
David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) is one of the few Westerners recognized in India as a Vedacharya or teacher of the ancient Vedic wisdom. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Vedic Topics including Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology,Vedanta, Hinduism, Yoga, and Tantra, as well as translations and interpretations from the Vedas. Dr. Frawley has been given many awards for his work in India including the Veda Vyasa award by the International Institute of India Studies. He is a Jyotish Kovid through the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences, and is also the President of the American Council of Vedic Astrology, the American offshoot of the Indian council; He has a Doctorês degree in Chinese Medicine and has also been certified as an expert through the University of Poona for his knowledge of Yoga and Ayurveda. He is presently Director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies.