Vedangas

Posted: 26/03/2010 in Law of Spiritualism

The Vedas are the most important treatise to the humanity
classical Sanskrit language that was widely used in ancient Aryan times
Vedic verses can be interpreted from various angles like literature, spiritual, religious, grammar, philosophy etc
Most of the texts of Vedas are in the form of verses
These are called mantra verses and their oral delivery largely depends on phonics and rhythm
There are four Vedas Rik(it is also pronounced as Rigveda). Yajur, Sama and Atharva.  The first three are known as Trayividya (literal translation – three types of knowledge).  Atharva Veda is not included here because of its late origin.  The origin of the other three Vedas is not known
Vedas are also known as srutis.  Vedas in their original form is too difficult to comprehend as they are considered to have been delivered by God Himself to the ancient sages and saints
If the sages had chosen to contrive the Vedas into manuscripts, they could have been destroyed or modified unable to stand the vagaries of the Mother Nature
It is beyond the human power to decrypt the speech of God.  To make it possible to some extent, the study of Vedas were divided into various categories and each category was analyzed by the experts in the respective fields. 

This study is known as vedangas that integrates study of phonetics, ritual injunctions, linguistics, grammar, etymology, lexicography, prosody, astronomy and astrology

The Creator

Vedas do not recognize the universe as different from God, the Creator.  Except the Eternal self-illuminating Brahman, all other objects get reflected by That supreme light.  The simple philosophy of Vedas is that the universe originates from Him, sustained by Him and dissolves unto Him. This logical presentation of Vedas prompted Upanishads to postulate”By whose will is the mind drawn towards its objects?  Who makes the vital breath, the first sign of life, function?  Ordained by whom do people utter words?”   Vedas describe creation as an act of God.  A new living being is created by the combination of two factors that augurs well with the theory that for a creation two energies are required.  Vedas described these energies as ‘purusha’ and ‘prakriti’.   They are known as soul and Mother Nature, a primordial substance.  Soul is described as static energy and the primordial substance is known as the kinetic energy.  Though soul and Nature are assigned with different types of energy for better discernment, they continue to be the reflectivity of God.  Vedas categorically emphasize this factor without any ambiguity.At the same time, they do not fail to take cognizance of different attributes of God for His three acts of creation, sustenance and dissolution.  Each of His attributes is given an objective name such as lord of fire, lord of water, lord of wealth, lord of death, lord of light, lord of darkness, etc.  Even for the act of conjugal bliss, there is a lord.  Every aspect of human life is considered as divine, based on the fact that every object, be it movable or immovable, is His reflection.  Therefore, it is not surprising that every act of humanity is made as reverent.  Rgveda (X.110.9) says “He is the one who has decked the parental heaven and earth, and all the worlds with living forms”.  After the great dissolution, the creation again begins and this process goes in a cyclic manner, one after another.  During the great dissolution, when water engulfs the entire universe annihilating all living non-living beings, the Brahman alone exists along with His kinetic energy.  The kinetic energy alone survives because; it forms a part of the potentiality of the Brahman.  Every object dissolves unto Him during the great dissolution.   There is a contextual explanation in Atharva Veda (XI.7.2) which says “In the remnant heaven and earth, all existence is set together; in the remnant waters, the ocean, the moon, the wind is set”.  The verse proceeds to delineate on these lines.  Again, another cycle of creation begins from Him

The Creation

The creation is the act of the Creator.  The process of creation is the will of God executed as cognitive operation in a multi dimensional and conceptual platform.  Vedas accentuate the importance of breath and call this as prana or vital force or life.  Like other attributes of the Lord, prana is also worshipped.  The formation of the human body is beautifully explained in Vedas.  The human body is formed out of many sheaths or coverings.  They are called sheaths because they from a protective covering to the soul, which is also known as purusha or atman.  Soul’s association with prakriti emanates a new life that commences its activities due to the unfolding effects of karma engrafted in the soul.  It is widely misconceived that soul is a representative of the Lord.  If this theory is to be espoused, the omnipresent nature of the Brahman is lost.  When Vedas unwaveringly corroborate that, the existence of universe is the manifestation of the Brahman, there is no question of His representative.  Vedas say that there is no second to the Brahman.  He is the One and the only One.  That is why He is not only ubiquitous, but also omnipotent, the perfect ratiocination for being called as Almighty.   Rgveda says (X.121.1) “The sustainer Lord of illuminant celestial cosmos has been present from the very beginning.  He has ever been the sole Lord of all the created beings.  He upholds this earth and heaven”.When Vedas explicate about creation, they also discourse on sins, karmas, rebirths, bondage and all the requisite evils of existence.  They point out that sin need not necessarily arise out of a wrong doing, but surely accrues by mere thought of an evil act. Atharvaveda Veda VI.45.1 says “Go far away evil mind.  Why utter something that is not worthy.  I do not desire you”.  Vedas prescribe high moral standards of living by accentuating the importance to the mind that eventually leads to virtuous deeds

Upanishads

Vedas reposed a strong fundament for noble inhabitancy.  They interpret the Brahman in a complicated manner and common man could not understand their subtle conveyances.  This situation led to Upanishads, where God as a concept has been elucidated in a way that can be understood by common man.  Upanishads do not dwell on ritualistic rites, but explicate by negations and avouchment to realise the Creator.  The imparting of Upanishads is considered as mystic doctrine, from the angle of rational approach to philosophical renditions.  This process of understanding the Creator is called self-realization.  They prescribe certain tools called meditation to establish ones consciousness with the Creator.  Both science and philosophy believe that the Absolute can be realized only by that pure form of consciousness.  The precepts of Upanishads got transubstantiated into a condensed form called kundalini meditation that is widely prevalent now.  But any type of meditation without understanding the logic of creation and the Creator may not yield the desired results

Conclusion

It appears that the stupendous darkness, the supra mental nescience in our scramble, nerve gives it up to man, the genial existence.  The struggle is incessant and would ever go on in our inner spheres with fresh vigor.  This nescience has not merely to be cut away from us, but broken up into and made to yield up the enigma of light, good and infinity.  Hushed up behind this cognitive content, is the great light of self-illuminating Absolute.  Vedas, being the voice of the Absolute himself elucidate the ways and means to realize the Creator by inferring the process of creation.  Technological explorations, scientific inventions and psychological perceptions of modern times have already been expounded by the Vedas time immemorial

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  1. kayathrihr says:

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