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Chess had its Origin in India and the Oldest Reference in the Ramayana

Even though it is widely accepted that the game of Chess had its origin in India, there are some people who would like to say, ‘the origin of Chess is lost in antiquity.’ Writing on the topic of Origin of Chess, Viswanathan Anand, Indian chess grandmaster and the current World No.1 player categorically states that chess comes from India.In the article titled ‘The Indian Defense’ in Time, Anand says that he has heard the ownership of chess being claimed by Russians, Chinese, Ukrainians, Arabs, Iranians, Turks, Spaniards and Greeks. Anand says that there is no doubt that the oldest reference of Chess is found in ancient Indian texts like the Ramayana, which was orally transmitted between 750 BC and 500 BC. He indicates that Chess was invented by Ravana, the king of Lanka, to play with his wife Mandodari. But the inventor was thoroughly defeated by his first opponent, Mandodari, according to Anand.The world’s oldest political treatise, Arthashastra, written in 3rd Century BC by Chanakya …

Quotes from Vedas on Knowledge

Let the knower discriminate the knowledge and the Ignorance, the straight open levels and the crooked that shut in mortals. (Rig Veda 4.2.11)Interpretation: He who would know the Truth should constantly discriminate between the real and the unreal, between oneness and division, between what leads to the Truth and what pushes away from it. When one so discriminates and follows only the way of Knowledge, the path is straight, wide, open and free. But if one were to choose the ways of ignorance, his path becomes crooked, devious, narrow and imprisoning.To increase one’s consciousness is to grow in knowledge; to persist in unconsciousness and sink into it is to wallow in ignorance. One is the royal road to liberation; the other is the way to stay in captivity. (Source: ‘Wisdom of Veda’ by Sri Aurobindo Kapali Shastry Institute of Vedic Culture)