Monday, 31 October 2016

The Origin of Vedas ( The Very Breath of God )

Been to temples or Yagyas? Heard the priests there reciting some 'mantras'? Most of what they recite actually constitute Vedas.
Let me ask another question.

How familiar are you with these verses?  :

'' yopam pushhpam veda pushhpavan prajavan pashhuman bhavati ..''

'' namah shivaya '' 

'' tatpurushhaya vidmahe mahadevaya dheemahi tanno rudra prachodayaat''

'' tryambakam yajamahe ..."

" tat savitur vareNyam ...."

Well, these are some portions from the ocean of Vedas.Most of the common mantras you recite are also portions from the Vedas - just that most are not aware of what they recite - The Vedas, which is the very soul of Sanatana Dharma.

Rule 1 : Vedas are not books which you just read overnight and understand the entire depth of it.It is not a bible.

Vedas being recited by the European Veda Union

So what are Vedas ? Where did it originate from ? 

Vedas are cosmic sound (shabda brahman). Cosmos is the universe- the entire creation. So how are Vedas related to cosmic sounds ?

When there is a movement,motion or vibration,there is sound.Sound is the energy form of reverberation.

The entire universe is just a reverberation.Every sound has a geometry to it.This geometry gives form to existence.In other words,the whole universe is the form produced from the reverberation of the cosmos.

Image : Geometry ( crude shape ) formed through sound vibration.Various sound frequencies give rise to a diverse geometry to the Universe.Whatever you perceive as the cosmos is simply due to this underlying vibration - which serve as the very skeleton to the body called cosmos.

Vedas are the sounds of the cosmos - which exists as one of the 5 elements - the Aakasha ( ether ).However, humans cannot perceive all these sounds due to limitations. Humans can only hear sounds within the range of 20 hertz to 20 000 hertz.You might hear the rotation of the fan in your room,yet you are oblivious to the sound of the foot-drop of an ant in the same room.

However,there were some advanced beings who could tap into these sounds : the Rishis ( sages ).

The ancient sages of India through intense penance,had activated specific centres in their brains.

As the sages achieved a paramount state of meditativeness and penance, they received and heard these sounds. Various knowledge and truths about the universe were experienced in parallel to these sounds.

Just take it this way - a pendrive can be used to transfer data. Likewise, mantras - sound energy was a medium to transfer the universal data - the truths of cosmos.This is why the Vedas are said to be the very language of God or Cosmos.

Samskrta as a language came from the refinement of the Vedic Sounds.Strictly speaking,the Vedas are NOT Sanskrit.Vedas are referred to as Vaidika Bhasha.

To put it simpler,the ancient Rishis literally downloaded the universal knowledge as sound waves - which they heard.

They became all knowing through the cosmic sounds.

( This is why recitation of the Vedas is the only way to learn them ! You have to imbibe the very sound structure that holds the particular knowledge to realise it )

Portions of the Vedas have an associated Rishi to them.For example,the Rishi for the mantras that occur in the middle part of Yajur Veda is King Aghora - A Raja Rishi.The king foresaw a calamity that would befall his kingdom.He went into penance,seeking for a solution - to which he received the mantras which are recited as Shri Rudram today.

The Rishis are not the composers.

They are merely the instruments who have seen ( or heard ) the chants. Thus,the sages are sometimes referred to as 'seers'.The Vedic seers have the name of mantra-drashtaas.A drashtaa is one who sees.

'Seeing' does not literally mean perceiving through vision.Just as we quote a deep experience with sight - I had seen enough suffering in life,a Vedic seer is someone who has heard the Vedas and experienced it wholly with his entire being.He becomes ONE with the truth.

Each radio station emits radiowaves across the country.But we cannot listen to the waves or sounds ( music ) played in the radio stations.We need to use a radio and tune it to the particular frequency - only then can we hear the songs played in the desired radio station.

Ancient sages were like these radios - who acted like an instrument to transmit these Vedas.They then taught these Vedas orally to disciples, in a guru-shisya system.

The Vedas were learnt only through recitation.The Vedas were realised through recitation.

This is why, the Vedas come under ' Shrutis' ( that which was heard ). Only then , were they compiled and arranged into four divisions - namely the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda by Veda Vyasa. Yajur Veda was then subdivided into two parts - Krishna  Yajur Veda and Shukla Yajur Veda. The Vedas further branched into many subdivisions.

Samhitas are a collection of mantric verses ( mantra bhaaga ).Brahmana refer to the application of the mantra bhaaga.Aranyaka refer to the part of Vedas learnt in the forest regions.Upanishads serve as an essence of the Vedic truths.

The first verse in this article - yopam pushhpam veda , is part of Aaranyaka.

The Vedas were only written down not more than few thousand year back.This was because people stopped reciting the Vedas with discipline.Vishukra was the first person to script down the audio form of Vedas.

List of Women Rishis of the Rig Veda

Modern scientists as Rishis

Even today,with modern instruments, scientists have been able to identify certain sounds that constitute the Vedas. For example, the sound of Sun has been identified as the very Pranava 'OM' by NASA.

   Video above: Sound from the Sun recorded as "OM"

Signals obtained from a neutron Star - converted into audible sound only to be discovered as the sound of damaru.The svara of damaru represents 'hara-hara-hara' recitation.

We don't have to go that far indeed.Our grandparents have told us symbollically '' If you sit quietly and meditate in the early mornings , you can hear God ... '' , Try it. If you sit silently around 4 am and just be still, you can hear the sound " OM '' reverberating your entire space - See now you are also a Rishi :)

Raise your consciousness and you too,can tap into the sounds heard by our Rishis.

The Power of Vedas

Vedas can intensely raise the collective consciousness of the planet.The Vedas hold all forms of knowledge.They include the entire wavelength - from the creation of Universe to instructions related to education in the Vedic culture.

In fact,in ancient times, Rishis and sages used to move to forests and chant these powerful Vedas.The cosmic vibrations produced purified the entire world.In fact,a subdivision of the Yajur Veda - the Aaranyakas were originally taught in the forest.

Video : Experiment by Dr.Avinash demonstrates the highest amount of energy ever recorded by mankind produced from mass recitation of Shri Rudram - Yajur Veda.

The vibrations produced from Vedas spread across the world and purified everything.It purified all the elements polluted by bad thoughts and actions.Even today, if we learn the Vedas,we are doing a great service by killing harmful microorganisms,destroying harmful electromagnetic waves in the air and such.

In the past,the Vedic mantras were used elaborately as technology. If the Vedas were recited in particular ways, certain amazing results would take place, including changes in the weather, producing certain types of living beings or even palaces.

The ancients could intelligently use the Vedas to produce a desired effect.

Others have used it to produce weapons equal to the modern nuclear bombs,like the brahmaastra weapon - which was used in the Mahabaratha war.Specific mantras could be attached to arrows with the sound causing powerful explosions when the arrow reached its target.

In short,the Rishis perceived higher knowledge upon hearing the Vedas.Vice versa,you too,can perceive this knowledge when you recite the Vedas.

 We have lost more than 90 % of Vedas

Traditionally,each person only learnt one branch of a particular Veda.Each of the Vedas had many branches.It was impossible for a single person to learn the entire ocean.Hence,by sticking to one branch ( shaakha ) ,the Vedas were preserved on this planet.

Over time,more than 90 % of the Vedas got lost as the tradition did not meet the required discipline.We have barely a few shaakhas alive from each Veda today.

Even then,The available Vedas are powerful beyond imagination.Imagine the frequency at which our planet would vibrate if the entirety of the Vedas were preserved.

The Vedas are still declining in use.This is a great gift from our culture,which is not very well recognised today. Everyone can and should chant the Vedas.There is no restriction to anyone .

Video above : Baba emphasising the importance of Vedas - particularly Shri Rudram of Yajur Veda.

Many masters and particularly - Bhagavan Shri Sathya Sai Baba has greatly every individual to learn the Vedas.Initiatives are being taken around the globe.

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* Veda Chanting has been acknowledge as one of the oldest traditions by UNESCO*