BASIC KNOWLEDGE

Why should we read Vedas? What is the importance of correct pronunciation of mantras of Vedas?

- Vedas are the source of true knowledge. Knowledge of the purpose of our life, methodology to achieve the purpose, method in which this universe was created, purpose of such creation, principles governing the nature & its beings, our duties towards our family, society, nation and world are imbedded in the Vedas. Since, man’s capacity to know is limited; therefore, every work of man is bound to depict this attribute of jivatma. As such, only the words of God can be 100% reliable & true. But why should Vedas be considered the words of God? Following points prove that the knowledge given by the Vedas to have been manifested by God: (i) Whatever has been mentioned in the Vedas is not for any particular sect but for the whole mankind (ii) All the words of the Vedas perfectly tally with the nature of its creator i.e. God as is known through reason and logic. (iii) No change in the principles or systems mentioned in Vedas ever since their emergence. (iv) Trueness of the sayings of the Vedas in all places and times.

          For obtaining the answers to all the above mentioned questions, it is required that we becomes scholars of Vedas, words of God.

- The language of Vedas is different from Sanskrit. Vedas are sometimes said to be in Sanskrit because of its nearness to Sanskrit (Sanskrit was the first language originating from the language of the Vedas). No doubt, knowledge of Sanskrit is advantageous for knowing Vedas but simply by knowing Sanskrit one can not understand the meaning of the Vedas. It is a pity that till now except Dayanand, Vedas have been translated by scholars of the Sanskrit language. Now, the question arises as to how one, who does not have a good knowledge of this language can rely on the teachings of Vedas based on the translations of certain persons? How one can know which translation is good and which translation is bad? There is a fundamental method to favour a thing or person from amongst a few. From two translations we will choose one, which is more positive. Let there be more than one explanations of a word. We will favour the explanation, which sounds more positive to us. Then, we will not have the fear of our chosen explanation to be wrong because

 1       we know that our chosen explanation is positive.

2        we know that our chosen explanation is best out of the availability.

However, we must understand that there is no shortcut to understand the teachings of Vedas through translations of others. Ultimately, we have to understand the teachings of Vedas by ourselves through the knowledge of the language of the Vedas.

-There is a general question that why should we believe that Vedas are the words of God when many sects claim that their books only refers to the words of God? Reasons for believing that Vedas and no other books are the words of God-

1        When we all believe that God created our bodies, then what is the harm in believing that God created knowledge also, for enabling the jivatamas to utilise their bodies to their optimum level. This knowledge of God with the passage of time got developed in the form of books. Rigved (one of the the Vedas) is accepted by many historians and Europian scholars to be the oldest book on Earth.

2        Knowledge of God needs to be given to mankind in the beginning of human life on Earth otherwise he can be said to have done injustice to those who took birth before showering of such knowledge. He bestowed His knowledge to mankind in the beginning of human life on Earth i.e. approximately 200 crore years before now. No book of any sect can fulfill this criterion.

3        When we purchase small goods like computer, mobile etc., we are given small booklets by the vendors which contain the instructions regarding proper use of those goods, then, why can we not accept the fact that God gave knowledge to mankind in the beginning of human life on Earth in the form of instructions for proper use of human bodies in different circumstances?

4        All the knowledge contained in Vedas is for mankind as a whole and not for any particular sect. It (knowledge contained in Vedas) is true in all times and places like a medicine of blood-pressure, which works in the same manner whether it is taken by a black person or a white person, whether it is taken by a patient living in America or by a patient living in Japan and whether is consumed today or tomorrow.

5        . Every thing of the Vedas is in accordance with the laws of nature like every thing which is born perishes; matter can neither be created nor be destroyed etc. In the similar way, there are spiritual laws also which do not go against the natural laws controlling the nature around us. . Every thing of the Vedas is in perfect harmony with the vayavhar (behavior / dealing) of great souls.

6        Creation always depicts a true picture of creator. Likewise every word of Vedas is in perfect harmony with qualities, works and nature of its Creator i.e. God.

7       Vedas contain all the knowledge of the subjects like physics, chemistry, mathematics etc. needed by mankind for its use. Without having good knowlege of these subjects, man cannot think of leading a good worldly life. No other book of any sect has the knowledge of the subjects like physics, chemistry, mathematics etc.

Vedas are the constitution of the world given by its creator. It possesses all the knowledge related with correct and optimal usage of all the things contained in this world. Ill usage of the things offered by this world draws penalities from God. As such, to save ourselves from such penalties, we need to know the constitution of God. If we fail to make correct uses of the things of this world then to save ourselves from the penalities, we cannot advocate that we did not have the knowledge of the the constitution of world.

-DO SCIENCE AND VEDAS DIFFER?-Everything mentioned in Vedas is scientifically true but every truth has not been proved by science. For example, science proves a thing to be true at one time and later proves the same thing to be untrue. Unlike this, things mentioned in Vedas remain true in all times and at the same time are completely scientific. 

-It is inexplicable to tell the importance of knowing the right meaning of Shrutis (Mantras of Vedas), understanding the same through heart and imbibing them in practical life. It is true that right pronunciation of the mantras is meaningful too but by wholly concentrating on right pronunciation of the mantras leaving their meaning aside, we cannot obtain the gist of the knowledge contained in these mantras.