One of the most notable American Hindus and Vedic
scholars that I have known is Subhash Kak. We first began to
correspond in 1990 relative to our common interest in ancient India.
We met shortly thereafter. Soon we created a close friendship and
alliance that has continued throughout the years.
Kak made several brilliant contributions to
science in the Vedas, showing the sophistication of mathematics and
astronomy that existed at an early era, particularly in the
Satapatha Brahmana. Perhaps most notable is his work unlocking the
numerical code behind the organization of the Rig Veda. He has
also made important breakthroughs in deciphering the Indus
script. In addition he connected Vedic and Vedantic ideas with the
latest insights of modern physics and neuroscience. Along with the
noted yoga scholar, Georg Feuerstein, we did a book on ancient India
called In Search of the Cradle of Civilization that
highlighted the new findings on ancient India.
Subhash always emphasized the pursuit of truth,
not simply defending a particular religion or culture, however noble
it may be. If we are to find value in the Vedas, it is their truth
that matters. But the Vedic idea of truth is not just of an
objective material order but of cosmic law (ritam) that imparts
harmony to all existence. We must develop that dharmic way of
truth and insight, not merely repeat old phrases or uncritically
preserve old traditions. The Vedas must be a way to truth or
they have no meaning.