Art, Cosmology and the Divine | Part VI

Main photo (alongside) is a Basohli illustration to the Bhagavata Purana, Krishna Lifting the Mountain Govardhana, Tira-Sujanpur, early 18th c.

The final part of this six-part series (Read earlier parts: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV and Part V) in which distinguished scientist, academic and Vedic scholar Subhash Kak shows how traditional Indian art is not only aesthetically sublime, but is a reflection of the cosmos and of the Divine itself. In this Part VI, Subhash Kak discusses how the Indian way, with its focus on transcendence can help modern society find a harmony of body and soul. A story from the Puranas serves as an apt metaphor.

Part VI: The Indian aesthetic in an age of war

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Read Part I: Introduction
Read part II: General equivalences
Read Part III: Temples and Gods
Read Part IV: churning of the ocean
Read Part V: Krishna’s dance

References:  Kak, S., 2000. The Astronomical Code of the Rgveda. Munshiram Manoharlal, New Delhi.
Kak, S., 2002. The Gods Within. Munshiram Manoharlal, New Delhi.
Kak, S., 2002. The Asvamedha: The Rite and its Logic. Motilal Banarsidass, New Delhi.
Kak, S., 2003. The Prajna Sutra: Aphorisms of Intuition. LSU, Baton Rouge.
Kak, S., 2004. The Architecture of Knowledge. CRC/Motilal Banarsidass, New Delhi.
Kak, S., 2005.  Early Indian art and architecture. Migration and Diffusion, vol 6, 2005, pp. 6-27.
Kak, S. 2006. The axis and the perimeter of the Hindu temple. Mankind Quarterly, 2006.

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Subhash Kak
Scientist, Professor, Vedic Scholar
Subhash Kak is Regents professor at Oklahoma State University where his work has focused on artificial intelligence, quantum information, and history of science. He is also a Vedic scholar with contributions to the fields of Indian astronomy, architecture, and philosophy and he has written over a dozen books and several hundred research articles on these subjects. His two most recent books are Arrival and Exile: Selected Poems and The Circle of Memory: an Autobiography.

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