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Vedic Knowledge: Introduction
ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पूर्णमुदच्यते ।
पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Om Puurnnam-Adah Puurnnam-Idam Puurnnaat-Puurnnam-Udacyate |
Puurnnasya Puurnnam-Aadaaya Puurnnam-Eva-Avashissyate ||
Om Shaantih ||
All this is full. All that is full. From fullness, fullness comes. When fullness is taken from fullness, fullness still remains. Peace
Veda means to Know, Knowledge. The Vedas is not Hinduism. The greatest concentration of the Vedic Tradition deals more with knowledge versus belief. Ayurveda Medicine, healthy living, meditation, yoga, Sanskrit, and Vastu/Healthy buildings etc., all come from Vedic knowledge. Hinduism developed in India as a religion but Vedic knowledge is more fundamental and universal to all.
The core understanding of Vedic Knowledge is- Consciousness is the only reality. You are consciousness. All knowledge emerges from consciousness, is structured in consciousness. The Universe, including ourselves, exists in consciousness.
Meditation is a route, a way to experience more fully our own consciousness, the greater universal consciousness and the nature of consciousness.
Vedic Knowledge provides answers to all unanswered questions i.e why there is pain and pleasure, rich and poor, healthy and sick; God - His qualities, nature and works. Soul – Its nature and qualities, souls of humans and animals; reincarnation – how does it happen, why one is born as he or she is. What is the purpose of life? What we ought to do?
The four main texts in the Vedic tradition are Rigveda · Atharvaveda · Yajurveda Samaveda
They correspond to the four directions in the mind completing the cosmic circle of universal knowledge. The oldest of the Vedas, the Rigveda, is focused on cosmic structure.
“Vedas are the most rewarding and the most elevating book which can be possible in the world.” Arthur Schopenhauer
The Veda texts state that truth, non-violence, patience, penance and spiritual uplift are the foundations of a human life. The Upanishads are largely philosophical works, some in dialogue form. They are the foundation of Hindu philosophical thought and its diverse traditions. Of the Vedic corpus, they alone are widely known, and the central ideas of the Upanishads are at the spiritual core of Hindus.
Questions and points for contemplation and discussion:
What is consciousness?
What is knowledge?
"Pashya me yogam aishvaram- Behold the richness of My Divine Nature"
“The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21, KJV)?
"Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap". Bible, Galatians VI
"For the soul there is neither birth nor death at any time. He has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain." (Bhagavad Gita 2.20)
"The soul can never be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind.(Bhagavad Gita 2.23)
"The important thing is this, is to be able, at any moment, is to sacrifice what we are for what we can become" Maharishi Mahesh Yogi