Oriental Thoughts in Maltese Language

The book Ekam Sat (truth is one) written by Charles J. Muscat is an anthology of writings and reflections on the ancient metaphysical doctrine of the Veda Dharma in the Maltese language, written with the intention of sharing an experience of Sanātana Dharma (eternal order) with Maltese Readers.

In the spirit of the tradition of illustrations on Hindu philosophy and culture before it, Muscat’s book goes straight to the heart of these ancient teachings, exposing the very guts of Hinduism.

The book is a systematic narrative presenting the wisdom and experience of the Vedas – four collections of Indian scriptures comprising the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda – in a way that is both simple and accessible. , in a language that has rarely been used to express concepts from an Eastern tradition.

In the Vedas, we find the Upanishads, which constitute what is called the Vedanta (the end or completion – anta – of the Vedas – the fundamental revelation of the Hindu way of life contained in its earliest documents).

The basic position of the Upanishads is that the Self is the one and only reality and is identical with Brahman (the intangible and non-objective foundation of all that exists) and there seems to be a multiplicity of things and events only because of Maya (illusion). Muscat’s book is a guide that helps readers discover this one truth based on the principle of absolute unity.

The book is presented in four sections, the first of which describes various approaches revealed and transmitted by the Rishis, believed to have composed hymns from the Vedas and the Upanishads, to guide the reader on the yogic path of Unity.

A unique contribution to Maltese language and literature

The second section contains a collection of reflections, spread over 60 bhava (short songs based on Vedanta teachings). This is followed in the third section by information further explaining the meaning of Ekam Sat. The fourth and last section includes a compendium including a map of the book illustrating how each of the concepts discussed are linked and articulated.

Ekam Sat is the first anthology on Vedanta written in the Maltese language, making it unique in its kind among available Maltese literature, comparable only to Michael Zammit’s translation of the Bhagavad-Gita in 2008. The author hopes that this unique contribution to Maltese language and literature will inspire further such explorations in years to come.

Intended to appeal to a limited number of readers, only a few copies are available, although none are available for sale. The author emphasizes that it should only be distributed to “sincere persons who seek to experience the truth.”

This painting by an unknown artist (circa 1820) depicts the Battle of Kurukshetra from the Mahabharata epic. On the left, the hero Pandava Arjuna is seated behind Krishna, his charioteer. On the right is Karna, commander of the Kaurava army. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Philadelphia Museum of the Arts

“These teachings are invaluable,” says Muscat, “and nothing is expected except the maximum good for the maximum people.”

Indeed, the intention and spirit of the work can be summed up by the saying Upanishad asato my sadgamaya (lead me from darkness to light).

A digital copy of Ekam Sat downloadable exclusively from the Times of Malta website. The author notes that comments are appreciated, but emails will not be answered.

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