Upholding righteousness: Message of the vedas

The oldest religion, Hinduism (Sanatana Dharma), has its source in the Vedas which are god’s revelations. They contain directives to make a man’s life happy and urge him to abide by the law of virtue. They prescribe a code of ethics and religious practices.

The day to day life of the Indian people is controlled by the various injunctions contained in this law which broadly points out how righteous methods should be adopted.

Though the Vedas are without a beginning in terms of time, yet since they are divine in nature, they have kept in mind, man’s needs and aspirations, his quest for peace and the link that ought to be established between god and an individual soul.

Knowledge and wisdom are enshrined in 14 sacred texts:the four Vedas, the six Vedangas (auxiliaries), Naya(logic). Puranas and sastras. To these 14 are to be added four upangas(appendices to the Vedangas), (They are Ayurveda, Arthasastra,Dhanur Veda and Gandarva Veda). The well-being of the world is possible only by the operation of this god law of governance.

The commandments in this texts spell out gradual lessons to enable aspirants to ascend step by step. A study of this fount-head of spiritual knowledge will not only elevate man’s thought, making him a pious and god-minded person, but see that he helps build a noble society.

In ancient days, those who preserved the Vedas and propagated them were respected by the rules and were kept above want with gifts of lend and villages. Even in the very first of the ten incarnations, god retrieved the vedas, stolen and kept hidden by powerful enemy.

The most vital message of the vedas is that ve should zealously uphold righteousness, said sri Vijayendra Saraswathi of Kanchi in lecture. The present day turmoil and confusion arise because rules if followed would make us commented, have been ignored in the wake of advancement in various fields .

But study of technology and spiritual education could go together. Because our forebears safeguarded the Vedas, India was described as a “Land of piety”.

Only the observance of the guidelines contained in the scriptures would promote discipline. To know what these are, the epics and Puranas are being expounded in temples and other places, so that all could know their significance. Listening to them also indicated besides people’s rights, their responsibilities too. Spiritual education should hence be imparted at various levels.

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