Relevance of Ved Today
By Prem Sabhlok firstname.lastname@example.org
Owing to the utility of Vaidik metaphysics to the mankind, UNESCO has accorded Heritage status to Ved. These scriptures of yore explain comprehensively many divine, spiritual and material subjects and guidelines given there in can help in Universal Brotherhood (Vishwa Bandhutwa) and development of scientific temper.
Aadi Granth says, "Asankh grantha mukhee Ved path" - there are innumerable scriptures but study of Ved is supreme. It also says, "Omkaar Ved Nirmayee" - Ved were revealed by God - hence Ved are "Shruti".
Atharv Ved makes it clear when soul was provided to human beings, Vaidik knowledge was revealed as human soul contains all the Vaidik knowledge. Vaidik metaphysicsts (Rishi) and wise wandering sages (Muni) through meditation communicated with their souls which are Vaachaspati (i.e. human soul - Aatmaa has a sound and can communicate with us) and acquired Vaidik knowledge. Rig Ved tells us that soul was provided to human beings so that the purpose of human birth could be known to human beings. Rig Ved further mentions the purpose of human birth is to assist the Vishwakarmaa (Supreme Reality/Architect) to assist Him in the maintenance of His Grand wondrous Design by following Rit - Cosmic laws of social, moral and physical order. Having created these laws (Rit) even God follows them sternly lest great harm is done to His Creation. Some of these Rit are "as you sow so shall you reap", follow the path of moderation, "Idam nan mam" - nothing for self all for society (enlightened liberalism) and many others.
When human beings followed Vaidik teachings and guidelines Vaidik Sanaatan Dharm (eternal religion) was spread beyond Caucasus, Prasav (Persia), Ariana (Eeraan), Indian sub continent, South East Asia Jaavaa, Sumaatraa, Tashik Khand (Taashkand) etc. Many Greeks, Parthians, Kushaans and many others merged with this divine Dharm without any kind of conversion. Rig Ved mentions "Ritam, Satyam, Dharmam" as Vaidik Dharm. Rit - Cosmic Laws of social, moral and physical > order are eternal truths (Satyam) and following these Laws (Rit) is Vaidik Dharm.
Under the vehement effect of dreaded materialism of Charavaak the followers of Sanaatan Dharm started deviating from Vaidik Metaphysics (Upanishadic part of Ved), Buddhism overtook Sanaatan Dharm and history tells us that Aadi Shankaraachaarya revived Ved and Buddhism virtually vanished from India. The message of later Rishi / Swaamee/ Maharshi is very clear "Revive Ved and save the mankind from self destruction".
Ved for Modern Age
2. In social service the concept of Success is difficult to define - so it is better to be a man of value than of success.
3. Research in social sciences and medical sciences has found that helping others not for recognition is good for heart. It is great way to exercise your heart and soul.
4. Ved specifically guide us to Teach (transparency, ethics, accountability, community and humanity welfare) principle. Most of the modern systems have failed in this regard.
5. Unless self rule at the grass root level is there in Democracy, the rulers tend to become autocratic, corrupt, hypocrite and tyrannical (Plato). There is no visible movement for Swaraaj - self rule in India.
"Isht" theory of Ved describes that paths could be different so long as these paths aim at the welfare of mankind and other animate and inanimate life. Ved do not consider matter as inert and explain in a large number of hymns that matter has unsuspected vitality. All religions should aim at unity in diversity i.e. (should lead to universal brotherhood - "Vishwa Bandhutwa", global family of the same One God "Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam", global trade and global market for the material and spiritual welfare of mankind. God being formless, ineffable and self-created, "avoid explaining God" through categories, substance, activity, quality and relationship. HE is beyond cognition, perception of human senses, logic of mind and intellect. Words recoil to explain the Supreme Reality. Only true and harmonized material, spiritual and divine knowledge, "Paraa Gyaan", can unite all religions to compete with each other for the welfare of mankind.
For the theists with material and intellectual knowledge, multiplicity of gods is seen in the form of idols, icons and incarnation of God as a human being. Some such individuals even find God/god as partly a man and partly a woman (Ardhanaareeshwar). Any individual who starts moving towards Paraa Gyaan (higher knowledge), all arguments start and end at One formless and ineffable God who is Sat, Chit, Aanand - the only reality, supreme consciousness, and bliss.
What is admirable in the Vedas is that their powerful and comprehensive philosophy was created for all ages and for the entire mankind. This philosophy was made available at a time when most parts of the world had hallucinations of ghosts getting out of dead bodies, when shadow was interpreted as the soul, spirit, ghosts, and the soul was considered to be getting out of the body at night during dreams. It was the period when the concept of inner and outer world was highly confused. Out of fear complex the ancient man worshipped snakes, animals, plants, and clouds by creating millions of gods with form. When in most parts of the world the religion of animism was wide spread, the Vaidik metaphysics was getting developed in the areas which now lie in the states of Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Georgia, Pakistan and some Northern parts of India. Aaryaavart was the land spreading up to Parshav (Persia) , Ariana (later Eeraan) and this land was not a fairy tale country, since the Ved nowhere describe mythology as part of metaphysics.
The Dark Age or "Kali Yug" has the predominance of "avarnas and vritra". In this Age owing to spread of only material and intellectual knowledge bereft of divine and spiritual knowledge, the predominant features are superstitions, unscientific outlook, blind faith, hypocrisy, naked selfishness and wide spread corruption. Fake Guru and god-men who get hallucination that they are the incarnation of various gods on this earth, multiply. Thus Vaidik metaphysics meant for the guidance of human beings of this Dark Age is largely ignored. However, the study of Vedas would reveal that Vaidik Guru (Gu means darkness and Ru means to dispel) are the dispellers of both inner and outer darkness. They are more like Socrates, Mencius, St Augustine, Immanuel Kant, Shankaraachaarya, Guru Naanak and Swaamee Dayananda and do not bear any resemblance to the modern godmen, "Guru, Baabaa, Taantrik and Swaamee".
A perusal and study of "Glimpses of Vaidik Metaphysics" on the Internet can give more details on the subject. The seekers of Vaidik knowledge can access this book through website http://www.sabhlokcity.com/metaphysics/ OR through www.google.com/ or www.yahoo.com/ or www.lulu.com Search for the Book.
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Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/9/09
Updated on 12/06/11