India has acted has a guide/light house of thinking in the world for ages. But sadly many Indians today don't understand the depth of the knowledge and enlightenment available here and today try to emulate/ape the western world blindly. Also the ideas in the bygone ages of India and its religions shows a very mature structure which can stand its ground even in todays modern thinking, but today 99% of the people follow the religion blindly rather than try and understand the deep and hidden meaning and significance in its many layers and structures.

India contains multiple languages (that which allows us to express ourselves) which were/are more thought out and structured, but today many parents feel it more fashionable to force their children to talk in english from the beginning, rather than their own mother tongue. A young kids mind is like a block of clay mould it properly. I am not saying that don't learn english, rather that don't give it more priority than your own mother tongues. We humans are one of the most advanced and amazing machines in this maya/world and the children can learn multiple languages with out any difficulty as well as pickup english to face any situation of this modern world, even if they don't (aren't forced to directly or indirectly) speak english in their homes or with their friends. With the loss/killing/rotting of a language, not only is the language lost, but also the immense library/knowledge of culture and thought processes represented/encoded in that language till then.

Well even I am also equally ignorant of the deep knowledge and enlightenment available in our own backyard (in a direct sense), however at same time I am not blind to it. I dont understand the language in which many of these are written like sanskrit, ... so I am not able to interpret it in existing and new ways on my own at this juncture. But for now depend on others interpretations in modern languages, which I know, to absorb at least few drops from its vast ocean.

Below is a partial list of some of the books which highlight some of the perspectives of our ancient knowledge. I have uploaded PDF versions of these books to google drive folder and provided the link below. I created the PDF books from a bash shell script which I wrote to download the tiff images from the site and generate the PDF. This bash shell script can be found at the bottom of this page for your own use.

  • Sarvapalli Radhakrishnans Books on Indian Philosophy thro BhagavadGita, Upanishads and Brahma Sutras, among others.
  • Bal Gangadhar Tilaks take on Gita
  • Sri Aurobindo's take on Gita
  • A modern print of Srimad Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit with Hindi and English translations - I like having the original in direct sanskrit rather than english transliteration, so this book. It also has the advantage that it gives one of the possible views (may be a bit too simplistic with out providing proper/guiding context in some places) of the text in hindi and english, to get the people started on their path to their own interpretations. However do read the other interpretations given by SRadhakrishnan or BGTilak or Aurobindo in the other Gita books I have mentioned above.
  • There is also the Practical Sanskrit Introductory by Charles Wikner, which should give a basic intro to Sanskrit to help read it (i.e the sound of it) atleast.
  • Eight Upanishads - commentries of Shankaracharya translated in English by Swami Gambhirananda
C Hanish Menon,
Sep 1, 2013, 12:08 PM