Govardhan Hill Publishing--Vedic Cosmography and Astronomy--Table of Contents
Vedic Cosmography and Astronomy
by Richard L. Thompson

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Astronomical Siddhantas
a. The Solar System According to the Surya-siddhanta
b. The Opinion of Western Scholars
c. The Vedic Calendar and Astrology
d. The Starting Date of Kali-yuga
e. The Distances and Sizes of the Planets
f. The Size of the Universe

Chapter 2. Vedic Physics: The Nature of Space, Time, Matter
a. Extending Our Physical World View
b. The Position of Krishna
c. Mystic Siddhis
d. The Activities of Demigods, Yogis, and Rishis
e. Regions of This Earth Not Perceivable by Our Senses

Chapter 3. Vedic Cosmology
a. Bhu-mandala, or Middle Earth
b. The Earth of Our Experience

1. Bharata-varsa
2. The Projection of Bhu-mandala on the Sky
3. A Historical Interlude
4. The Principle of Correspondence
c. Planets as Globes in Space
d. The Orbit of the Sun
1. The Ecliptic as the Projection of Bhu-mandala on the Celestial Sphere
2. The Celestial Equator as the Projection of Bhu-mandala on the Celestial Sphere

Chapter 4. The Vertical Dimension
a. The Terminology of Three and Fourteen Worlds
b. The Seven Planets

1. Planetary Motion in the Bhagavatam
c. Higher-Dimensional Travel in the Vertical Dimension
d. The Environs of the Earth
e. Eclipses
f. Precession of Equinoxes

Chapter 5. The Empirical Case of the Vedic World System
a. Unidentified Flying Objects
b. The Link with Traditional Lore
c. The Events at Fatima

Chapter 6. Modern Astrophysics and the Vedic Perspective
a. The Principle of Relativity and Planetary Motion
b. Gravitation
c. Space Travel

1. The Moon Flight
d. The Universal Globe and Beyond
1. Scale of Cosmic Distances
e. The Nature of Stars

Chapter 7. Red Shifts and the Expanding Universe
a. Hubble's Expanding Universe
b. Anomalous Red Shifts: The Observation of Halton Arp
c. Hubble's Constant and Tired Light
d. Quasars
e. Quantized Red Shifts

Chapter 8. Questions and Answers

Appendix 1: Vamshidhara on Bhu-mandala and the Earth Globe

Appendix 2: The Role of Greek Influence in Indian Astronomy
a. Pingree's Theory Regarding Aryabhata
b. The Main Argument for Pingree's Theory
c. A Preliminary Critique of Pingree's Argument
d. The Theory of Observation
e. Indian Trigonometry: A Speculative Reconstruction
f. Another Speculative Reconstruction


List of Tables

List of IIlustrations


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