Gem in the Lotus: The Seeding of Indian Civilization

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This title depicts early Indian civilisation, and the foundations of cultural and religious traditions that are practiced even today. It begins with the Indus Valley Civilisation, the end of which coincided with the arrival of Aryans in north India, who laid the foundations of religion based on sacrificial objects. The Vedic beliefs, and the sects of worshippers of Shiva and Vishnu, progressively altered into traditional Hinduism, and a comprehensive assembly of thought gradually developed - a worldview in which everything is connected in a huge web of being existent. The 6th century BC saw the origin of Jainism, which believed in non-injury to all living things, and Buddhism, which would become a powerful force in the history of mankind. These two religions moved away from the previous traditional followings. The book concludes with the extraordinary Maurya Dynasty, which united a massive area of the Indian subcontinent, a unison that would be unparalleled for the next 2000 years. Gem in the Lotus is a must-read for history aficionados.

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Abraham Eraly is an Indian author. He was born in Kerala. He has taught history in the United States and Chennai. Abraham currently lives in Chennai.

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Book Description Penguin Books India, 2002. Softcover. Book Condition: New. In Gem in the Lotus, Abraham Eraly, author of The Last Spring, the best-selling and critically acclaimed history of the Mughals, identifies and explores the significant milestones in the evolution of ancient India. Beginning with an enquiry into the enigma that was the Indus Valley civilisation, he writes of the progression from the Vedic Aryan culture to the age of religious and philosophical ferment, culminating in the tenets of Jainism; the founding and consolidation of Buddhism; Alexander?s advance into India; the rise of the Mauryan empire; and Ashoka?s unusual political career. In the final section of the book, he describes the ?clockwork state? of the Mauryas depicted in Kautilya?s Arthasastra and in ancient Greek accounts. Printed Pages: 600. Bookseller Inventory # 21925

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Book Description Penguin Books India, 2002. Softcover. Book Condition: New. In Gem in the Lotus, Abraham Eraly, author of The Last Spring, the best-selling and critically acclaimed history of the Mughals, identifies and explores the significant milestones in the evolution of ancient India. Beginning with an enquiry into the enigma that was the Indus Valley civilisation, he writes of the progression from the Vedic Aryan culture to the age of religious and philosophical ferment, culminating in the tenets of Jainism; the founding and consolidation of Buddhism; Alexander’s advance into India; the rise of the Mauryan empire; and Ashoka’s unusual political career. In the final section of the book, he describes the ‘clockwork state’ of the Mauryas depicted in Kautilya’s Arthasastra and in ancient Greek accounts. Printed Pages: 600. Bookseller Inventory # 21925

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