June 07, 2006

World Association of Vedic Studies

WAVES Sixth International Conference at the University of Houston - Houston, TX USA July 8-10, 2006 Click here for details...
World Association of Vedic Studies (WAVES) is a multidisciplinary academic society. It is a forum for all scholarly activities and views on any area of ëVedic Studiesí variously called as Indian Studies, South Asian Studies or Indology. WAVES is not confined to study related to Vedas alone or to India alone. It encompasses all that applies to traditions commonly called Vedic, past, present and future, any where in the world. WAVES is a non-religious society with no ideology. It is open for membership and for participation to all persons irrespective of their color, creed, ethnicity, country of origin or any other kind of persuasion.
It is universally acknowledged that Vedas are among the oldest existing records of human thoughts. Vedic traditions have continued without interruption for many millennium of years and remain a living and formative source of Hindu culture and tradition. Today Vedic traditions are not confined to Indian subcontinent but have spread virtually to all parts of the globe, through persons of Indian origin and through scholars and admirers of these traditions. For several centuries Vedic people in India made significant contributions in various academic fields ñ science, literature, culture, technology, etc. The historical records of the Greeks, the Romans, and the Islamic authors as well as the accounts of the early European explorers confirm that India was one of the wealthiest and most technologically advanced nations of the world. She attracted people from different parts of the world - some for search of knowledge others for goods and trade. For most of the world these contributions are often unknown, unrecognized, and sometimes rather distorted.
There is a need, particularly among scholars to work for the proper understanding and appreciation of such religious, cultural and other contributions. In fact there are various notions and views current about Vedic traditions, Vedic people and their contributions. Moreover, the debates about these various notions are not confined to the academic sphere, but also have other serious repercussions. There is thus great need for a forum in which varying, often diametrically opposed notions and views can be discussed and deliberated in an atmosphere of mutual respect and tolerance. WAVES is an organization of academics, and of those interested in academics, in all different areas of Indian/Vedic studies ñ past, present and future.
WAVES has published Proceedings of its International Conferences, and started a quarterly research journal. These are:
Revisiting Indus-Sarasvati Civilization : Edited by Drs. BhuDev Sharma and Nabarun Ghose. Contains 46 scholarly articles ñ 11 on Indus Sarasvati Civilization, 8 on Vedas, 5 on Ancient Women, 7 on Ancient Indian Science, 5 on Historical Perspectives, 11 on miscellaneous topics; 504 pages, hard bound $40.00 ($25.00 for members).
New Perspectives on Vedic & Ancient Indian Civilization : Edited by Professor BhuDev Sharma. Contains 41 papers ñ 5 on Archaeology and Ancient History, 6 on Language, Literature & Linguistics, 5 on Vedic Mathematics, Science & Technology, 4 on Epics, 11 on Religion & Philosophy, 2 on Women, 1 on Jyotish, 1 on Ayurveda, 1 on Art, and 6 miscellaneous. 496 pages; $40.00 ($25.00 for members).
Contemporary Views on Vedic Civilization : Edited by Professor BhuDev Sharma -- Proceedings of the 2002 International Conference, held at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, Ed: Dr. BhuDev Sharma; $40.00 ($25.00 for members).
Indiaís Contributions & Influences in the World: Proceedings of the July 2002 International Conference, held at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth : Under publication
Quartely Research Journal ñ ëJournal of Studies on Ancient Indiaí ñ free for members; $40.00 for non-members.(Note: Two issues of the JSAI appeared. It is in arrears thereafter. Efforts are continuing to make it appear regularly.)
Computing in Ancient India : Edited by Drs. T. R. N. Rao and Subhash Kak
Orders for publications at #1,2,3,4,5 may be placed with the:TREASURER Dhirendra A. Shah, 780 Ullswater Cove, Alphretta, GA 30022, USATel: 770-664-8779Fax: 770-664-8780Email:

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