| Worldly parents and teachers give knowledge to children for their welfare. God (see chapter 7), our Divine Father and Mother revealed the Eternal Truths through the Vedas for the well-being of all people from the very beginning of creation.
A distinguished Scientist, Dr. Flemming, pointed out the necessity of Revelation in the course of a "Science and Religion" lecture in November 1914 in London.
"If we are to obtain more solid assurance, it cannot come to the mind of a man groping feebly in the dim light of un-assisted reason, but only communication made directly from this Supreme Mind to the finite mind of man."
God is Just and His revelation must be revealed for all of mankind. Any other revelation in sacred books of different faiths that are professed to be revealed or inspired, must definitely fulfill at least the three following conditions:~
- Revelation must take place in the very beginning of human creation.
"God gives His Divine Knowledge to mankind from his first appearance on earth." - "Reason and Comparative Studies of Religion."
- There should be conformity with the law of nature and no contradictions.
Having read the Bible, the Koran, the Hindu Puranas and other religious texts without any partiality I have found not only an enormous amount of contradictions but also definite obscenities and vulgarities. In Christianity, there are many instances to show how the teachings of the Old Testament is different from the New Testament. For the Supreme Father to keep changing His words over and over is an absolute contradiction to His Omniscient attribute.
The Vedas being eternal are free from any historical references.
"Revelation is a communication of something, which the person to whom the thing is revealed did not know before. For if I have done a thing, or seen it done,
it needs no revelation to tell me, I have done or seen it done nor enable me to tell it or write it. Revelation, therefore, cannot be applied to anything done upon earth, of which man is himself actor or witness and consequently all the historical part of the bible which is almost the whole of it, is not within the meaning and compass of the word revelation and therefore is not the word of god." Thomas Paine
- The third chief tests of Revelation is that it should not be opposed to Science and Reason.
There are many things in the Bible and the other religions, that are opposed to reason and science. Many great scientists like Galileo and Bruno and eminent philosophers such as Hipatia were persecuted by the Christian Church for preaching Scientific principles like the revolution of the earth around the sun and plurality of worlds.
THE GLORY OF THE VEDAS
There is a necessity for sending children to schools, colleges, and universities. Otherwise, none can learn anything of importance. It boils down to one important fact that all mankind had to be taught.
An experiment was performed by Akbar the Great of India. He is said to have confined thirty babies with guards and nurses, and no one else could teach or even speak to them. At twelve years of age, all the children were brought before the Emperor and a vast assembly of linguists. To their astonishment, none of the children could speak any language. This was genuine proof that mankind had to be taught. The human brought up by animals would have spoken their language and not his own.
Among all men, the Vedas were made known to four of the purest in heart, Agni, Vayu, Aditya, and Angirasa. They taught it to Brahma and he to other great sages, who were Yogis, imbued with piety, and with the desire to understand the meanings of certain mantras and whose minds possessed the power of perfect concentration. These Yogis entered the superior condition in the contemplation of the Deity. God made known to them the meanings of the desired Vedic mantras. Thus they were seers who taught the mantras to the people, and not the author.
He revealed all kinds of knowledge, in the four Vedas:-
- RIG VEDA was revealed to Agni.
- YAJUR VEDA was revealed to Vayu.
- SAMA VEDA was revealed to Angira
- ATHARVA VEDA was revealed to Aditya.
The four Vedas with over 100,000 verses are considered the trunk of the tree. The Rishis were the authors of eleven hundred and twenty-seven expositions (branches of the tree) in dozens of texts contained sub-Vedas known as the UpaVedas and Vedangas which expound profound sciences:-
- AYUR VEDA - studies the anatomy, physiology, hygiene, sanitary science, surgery, etc.
- DHANUR VEDA - teaches archery and other Military Science for self-defense from within and outside.
- GHANDARVA VEDA - teaches the science and art of music
- STHAPATYA VEDA- teaches engineering, architecture and all branches of mathematics in general.
All these subjects are considered spiritual studies and are inherent parts of the Vedas. The Vedangas contains grammar, (etymology) prosody, astronomy, and lexicography which according to the Indian Cultural conceptions are also parts and subjects of the Vedic religious studies. There are many other philosophical branches like the eleven Upanishads (Isha, Kena, Taitreya, Chhandogya, Shweta, Mundak, etc), the six Shastras or Darshanas and the four Brahmanas. Also, the Manu Smriti deals with the physical, political and social systems of Government all according to Vedic principles.
The most advanced scientific world would have wasted much time, energy and money in solving tough mathematical problems with the utmost difficulty. A large number of tedious and cumbersome steps can now be easily and readily resolved in a few simple steps which can be conscientiously described as mere mental arithmetic. One only needs the help of the ultra-easy Vedic Sutras or Mathematical aphorisms contained in the Appendix portion of the Atharva Veda.
It is through the Omniscience of God which synchronizes with natural laws that the Vedas has grown to so many branches. As intellect became static of abstruse science this philosophical treatise was needed in different ages. Therefore, the Rishis (altruistic teachers) came to expound the Vedic philosophy in simpler ways to meet the declining perception and conception of human understanding. The rational call back to the Vedic religion (Light of Truth) by Swami Dayanand, the last of all Rishis (reformers), would be ideal right for the functional intellect to begin the right path to true religion.
Next, a complete understanding of the Vedas requires a man to know the grammar of Sanskrit (Ashtadhyayi and Mahabhashya), then lexicology (Nighantu). The next study requires the studies of (etymology) prosody and astronomy (Nirukta), the eleven Upnishads (expositions)and the six subsidiary limbs of Vedic philosophy (Mimansa, Vaisheshika, Nyaya, Yoga, Sankhya, and Vedanta). Finally, the highest philosophical treatise is the Brahmanas (Aitareya, Shatapatha, Sama and Gopatha) which leads the aspirant to the study of the Vedas.
This explains why the scientific brains of modern times, had their present inclinations rooted in a previous birth. By the same method, reasoning becomes second nature to an individual, who at an adult age, must be prepared to spend many years in contemplating truth from untruth. This direction gradually leads the soul out of bondage (credulity) unto the Vedic path and finally towards emancipation.
The Vedasis the fountainhead and illimitable store-house of all knowledge. They contain all the knowledge needed by mankind relating not only to the so-called spiritual matter but also to those usually described as purely secular, temporal or worldly. They are also the means required by humanity for the achievement of an all-around, complete and perfect success in all conceivable directions. There can be no adjectival or restrictive, traducement calculated to limit that knowledge in any sphere, any direction or any respect whatsoever.
Many Vedic scholars of this and past centuries have given their opinion of the post-Vedic times where the Vedic Aryans had made extraordinary progress in sciences of Geology, Astronomy and Chemistry, Physiology, Psychology, and Theology. Though the works embodying the scientific knowledge of those times are entirely lost, there are indications in present Vedic works, that these sciences were widely known in those days.
Professor MaxMuller in principle of Vedic terminology said:-
"But there is a charm in the primitive strains discoverable in no other class of poetry. Every word retains something of its radical meaning, every epithet tells, every thought, in spite of the most intricate and abrupt expressions, is if one disentangles it, true, complete."Prof. MaxMuller in "History of Ancient Sanskrit Literature (Pg.553)
Whenever a creation took place, the Vedas also became manifest, and when the universe was dissolved into its primary atoms, they disappeared into the Supreme, like unto the germ of a plant disappearing into its seed. There was no science and art of which the rudiments of ethics, morals, and science were not to be found in the Vedas.
Silently, the most beneficial scientific achievements of the West have alluded to the Sanskrit language.
The Vedas were revealed in Sanskrit which belongs to no country, and yet is the mother of all other languages. Had God revealed the Veda in the language of some particular country, He would have been partial to that country because it would have been easy for the people of that country to learn and teach the Veda to foreigners.
Just as God has ordained the material creation, such as the earth, which is also the source of all useful arts, for the equal good of all, so should the language of the Divine revelation be accessible to all countries and nations. Thus His revelation of the Veda in Sanskrit does not make God partial to any nation. There are many Western scholars who have later come to recognize the Sanskrit language as the richest of all languages of the world.
"The Sanskrit Literature in quantity exceeds that of Greece and Rome put together." Prof. Mcdonele."The grammar of Panini stands supreme among the grammars of the world, alike for its precision of statement and for its thorough analysis of the roots of the language and of the formative principles of words. By applying and algebraical terminology, it attains a sharp succinctness unrivaled in variety, but at times enigmatical." Sir W.W. Hunter (Imperial Gazette of India)
One of the best philologists in his times said:-
"The consonantal division of the alphabet of the Sanskrit language was a more wonderful feat of human genius than any the world has yet seen. Even now the Europeans are far behind the Hindus in this respect." Mr. Alexander Thompson.
It is a Western deception of the Christian world to deny the Ancient Sanskrit language its due compliments.
"We Europeans, 2,500 years later, and in a scientific age, still employ an alphabet which is not only inadequate to represent all the sounds of our language, but even preserve the random order which vowels and consonants are jumbled up as they were in the Greek adaptation of the primitive Semitic arrangement of 3,000 years ago." Prof. Mcdonele (History of Sanskrit Literature, page 717.
The meaning of the word "Veda" is knowledge. It is derived from the root "Vid" which means to know. The Vedas contain our individual, domestic, social, national and international duties which are mentioned quite clearly for our perfect guidance. It is meant for the harmonious development and direction of all mankind.
The Vedas are the source of all true disciplines, that is, justice, morality, righteousness and good conduct, and for those who want to acquire the correct knowledge of cosmic order, the Vedas are the highest authorities. They are the infallible guide to the welfare of all beings who seek true knowledge. They carry the highest authority in their writings and being the Word of the Eternal God, the Vedas are Eternal.
The Vedic knowledge is three-fold in characters, relates to communion, that relating to activity or energy in action of all kinds and that relating to intellectual and scientific enlightenment and perception. These three are so closely intertwined that whatever action or deed was the result of the guidance of a chastened and enlightened intellect, the same was justice and reverse of that injustice.
Dara Shikoh, the son of Shah Jahan and elder brother of Aurangzeb) wrote in his Persian translation of the Upanishads."After gradual research; I have come to the conclusion that long before all heavenly books, God had revealed to the Hindus, through the Rishis of yore, of whom Brahma was the Chief, His four books of knowledge, the Rig Veda, the Yajur Veda, the Sama Veda, and the Atharva Veda." Dara Shikoh
A great Parsi Scholar, Dada Chanji writes in the Philosophy of Zoroastrianism and comparative study of Religions.
"The Veda is a book of knowledge and wisdom comprising the Book of Nature, the Book of Religion, the Book of prayers, the Book of morals and so on. The word "Veda" means wit, wisdom, knowledge and truly the Veda is condensed wit, wisdom and knowledge. The Vedas teach nothing but monotheism of the purest kind." As a coordinator of the Physical Evolution Theory he strongly refuted the social and moral evolution theory:-
"The wonderful collection of hymns known as the Vedas is a vast system of religious teachings as pure and lofty as those of the finest portions of the Hebrew Scriptures. Its authors were fully our equals in their conception of the universe and the Deity expressed in the finest poetic language. In it the (Veda) we find many of the essential teachings of the most advanced religious thinkers."Dr. Alfred Russell Wallace (Social Environment and Moral Progress, Page 1 1 and 14 resp.)
The social Evolution Theory lost all grounds when one of the originators of the Physical Evolution Theory rightly asserted that:-
"Veda admittedly, the oldest book in the library of mankind contains the essential teachings of the most advanced religious thinkers and is a vast system of religious teachings which are pure and lofty." Dr.Wallace.
This cuts at the very roots of the Social Evolution Theory. If the ethical and moral teachings of the Vedas, which are admittedly the oldest books in the library of mankind and the most admirable and the most plausible that mankind has hitherto known, then how can the Social Evolution theory hold good.
Mr. Alexander Shifman Research scholar of Tolstoy Museum in Moscow wrote in his article entitled Leo Tolstoy and the Indian Epics' published in several papers during Tolstoy centenary celebrations in 1963.
"Leo Tolstoy was deeply interested in ancient Indian literature and its great epics. The themes of the Vedas were the first to attract his attention. Appreciating the profundity of the Vedas, Tolstoy gave particular attention to those cantos which deal with the problem of ethics, a subject in which interested him deeply."
Tolstoy not only read the Vedas but also spread their teachings in Russia. He included many of the sayings of the Vedas and Upanishads (Vedic expositions) in his collections "Range of Reading", "Thoughts of wise men" and others. It would have been an ideal time to introduce this great learning with the birth of Marxism where all dogmas were outlawed. The intellects were freer of perversion and could have been easily found acceptance by a great many young Russians.
A Christian Missionary strongly refuting the Evolution Theory wrote:
"We have pushed our enquiries as far back in time as the records would permit and we have found that the religious and speculative thought of the people was far purer, simpler and more rational at the farthest point we reached, than at the nearest and the latest in the Vedic Age."
"The conclusion, therefore, is inevitable viz. that the development of religious thought in India has been uniformly downward and not upward, deterioration and not evolution. We are justified therefore in concluding that the higher and purer conceptions of the Vedic Aryans were the results of a Primitive Divine Revelation." Rev. Morris Philip (Teaching of the Vedas, Pg. 23)
Many more references can be added, but these will convince readers that the glory of the Vedas, the only revelation revealed by God to man, has been sung not only by the Sages and seers of India but by many impartial scholars of all countries.
The distinguishing features of the teachings of the Vedas which were closely followed by many impartial western scholars are:-
In his famous book "Superiority of the Vedic Religion", Mr. W. D. Brown states:-
- The normal and moral Vedic principle teaches harmony between knowledge and action.
- It advocates harmony between renunciation and enjoyment.
"Enjoy things of this world with the spirit of renunciation in you. Don't be greedy. Whose wealth is all this? It is all God's. We take nothing with us. Regard yourselves only as trustees and not owners of the wealth." Yajur Veda 40:1
Some Hindu sects (Charvaka, etc.) and atheists preach the materialistic principle of "Eat, drink and be merry for there is no tomorrow."
Buddhism, Neo-Vedanta and Christianity lay stress on renunciation saying as Jesus said:
"It is easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God." Matt. 23:17
- The Vedas advocate the claims of reconciliation between individualism and Socialism.
- The Vedas lay stress upon the harmony between Faith and Reason.
"May the Omnipresent and Omnipotent God endows us with faith and Pure Reason at the same time." Atharva Veda 19:64
To grasp and uphold the truth we are asked by the Vedas not to cultivate blind belief. Today all the religions of the world are imbued with irrational teachings and to argue against these religious matters is considered to be blasphemy. Many have lost their lives for exercising their reasoning power against the dogmas of Christianity and Islam. These believers never want to know how it is always why.
- Religion must be in perfect harmony with Science. The Veda is not the origin of only religion, morality, and ethics, but also of Sciences.
"It (Vedic Religion) recognizes but One God. It is a thoroughly scientific religion where religion and Science meet hand in hand." "To Swami Dayanand, everything contained in the Vedas was not only perfect truth, but he went one step further and by their interpretation, succeeded in persuading others that everything worth knowing, even the most recent inventions of modern science were alluded to in the Vedas. Steam engines, Electricity, Telegraphy, and Wireless Marconogram were shown to have been at least in the terms of the poets of the Vedas." Prof. MaxMuller
Every shade of opinion, every mode of thought, every school of Philosophy has found its expression in the philosophical writings of the Vedas and received its full development.
The Vedas whose authority was authenticated by many Western scholars were also sung by many prominent individuals whose present following cannot today be denied. For instance, Guru Nanak who started the religion of Sikhism and other Sikh Gurus wrote:-
"The Vedas were revealed under the orders of God so that human beings could distinguish between sins and merits." Mahala 5.
Jain Acharya Kumudendu said of the Vedas.
"The Rig Veda is eternal and the Word of the Omniscient in the Beginning. Various languages have been derived from it. The message of the Omniscient Supreme being is one and the same for the speakers of all languages." Bhoovalaya 6:2-6
Buddha who is erroneously considered to be an atheist or opposed to the Vedas stated:-
"He who attains true knowledge of Dharma or righteousness through the Vedas, attains a steady position. He does not waver." Sutta Nipata 292
This shows that Buddha had very high regards for the Vedas and regarded it as the source of righteousness. It is amazing how this great believer can be ever called an atheist.
The Gita (teachings of Krishna) which is one of the most popular books and which has been translated in almost all the important languages of the world, on account of its popularity, also sings the glory of the Vedas, regarding them as the revealed by God.
"All beings are evolved from food, production of food is dependent on rain, rain ensues from Yajna (sacrifice) and sacrifice is rooted in action. Know that good action has its origin in the Vedas and the Vedas proceed from the Indestructible God, hence the All-pervading Infinite is always present in the sacrifice." Gita 3:14,15.
The Vedas was not lost in its entirety from civilization for the past five thousand years but it has needed a man of superior conviction and courage to revive it to its pristine purity and glory. Maharishi (Great sage) Dayanand Saraswati was such a reformer. He boldly made his mark a little over a century ago with his message:-
"I have not come to preach any new dogma or religion, nor to establish a new religious order, nor to be proclaimed a new Messiah or pontiff. I have only brought before my people the light of Vedic Wisdom which had been hidden during the centuries of India's thraldom." Swami Dayanand.
This heralded the continuation of a religion old in its concepts, and precepts, elements, and contents, but still meaningful in accordance with the essence of the ages. Perplexing and intriguing as it may seem, no one can realize the Omnipresent and Omniscient God without being acquainted with the authentic biography of the only known emancipated soul of the last century, Swami Dayanand Saraswati.
This approach does not oppose or discourage science or philosophy. Those who are desirous of heaven should endeavor to convert this world into heaven by means of non-violent, truthful and well-thought-out plans. Then they will have no anxiety about their going to heaven or elsewhere after death. Even before they die they would be in heaven, and when they die, their heaven would be ensured.
The Vedic knowledge brings humility and integrity to the follower and leaves no room for enmity or hatred. True and meaningful prayers remove hatred and jealousy. God is telling His devotee to concentrate on oneself and leave the foes to his own judgment. The fact is there can be no heaven when hatred and jealousy always occupy the mind.
This philosophy though inherent in the Vedas and the Upanishads became forgotten and suffered distortion by being badly interpreted. But if every man accepts the "interpretations" of The Last Reformer the results will at least set us on the right path to the one true religion.More on revelation >>>>
"You may resign yourself to sleep and give yourself up to despair, unless God in His Goodness, shall vouchsafe to send you instruction." Socrates
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