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Satyartha Prakasha (Hindi)
Introduction to the Vedas
Dayanand's Life & Teachings
Patanjali's Yoga Darshan
The Laws of Nature
Frequently asked Questions
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"Behold the wonderful organization of the physical body!
How the learned are wonder-struck with it? First, there is the osseous frame-work girt with a network of
vessels - veins, arteries, and nerves, etc., - invested with flesh and the whole covered by skin with its
appendages - nails and hairs. Then how beautifully are the different organs, such as the heart, the liver,
the spleen and the lungs - ventilating apparatus - laid out. The formation of the brain, of the optic nerve
with the most reticulate formation of the retina, the demarking of the paths of indryas - the principles of
sensation and action -, the linking of the soul with the body, the assigning of definite places to it for
wakeful state, slumber and deep sleep, the formation of different kinds of dhaatus - tissues and secretions,
such as muscle, bone marrow, blood, reproductive elements - and the construction of various other wonderful
structures and mechanisms in the body who but God could have caused." The Light of Truth
"The earth studded with various kinds of precious stones and metals,
the seeds of trees of a thousand different kinds with their wonderful exquisite structures, leaves with
myriads of different colors and shades, flowers, fruits, roots, rhizomes and cereals with various scents
and flavors none but God could create. Nor could anyone except God create myriads of earths, suns, moon, and
other cosmic bodies, and sustain, revolve and regulate them." Light of Truth
The Light of Truth
1. Omnipotent (All-powerful). God does not need the assistance of son,
holy ghost, angels and prophets to do His work, during humankind's earthly existence.
2. Omniscient (All-pervading or knower of all). There is no need for God to test our faith, in pleasure or pain, He already knows all periods
(past, present and future) of time.
3. Omnipresent (everywhere). God does not come or go, up or down, as He is always present,
here, there and everywhere.
All whose faiths
oppose these three characteristics are a clear exhibition of ignorance in underestimating His Omnipotent, Omniscient and
"O men, that All-pervading Being alone is the Lord of the imperishable matter, the material cause of the world; and of the soul and is yet distinct from both. He is the Creator of the universe, the past, the present, and the future." Yajur Veda 21:2
"He Who has created this multiform universe, and is the cause of its sustenance as well as dissolution, the Lord of the universe in whom the whole world exists, is sustained and then resolved into elementary condition, is the Supreme Spirit. Know Him, O man, to be your God and believe in no other as the Creator of the universe." Rig Veda 10: 126,8.
This accounted for the law, order, and design of our creation by an intelligent Being, living and All-powerful.
"In the beginning, the whole was enveloped in utter darkness. Nothing was discernible. It was like a dark night, Matter was in its very elementary form. It was like ether. The whole universe, completely overspread by darkness, was insignificantly small compared with the Infinite God who thereafter, by His Omnipotence, evolved this cosmic world, the effect, out of the elementary matter, the cause." Rig Veda 10: 129,3.
God revealed in His revelation, and described the creation of the Universe from the eternal subtle matter. He Himself, only, being subtler can pervade it and use it for his creation.
"Love and worship that Supreme Spirit, O men, Who is the support, of all the luminous bodies (such as the sun) the one Incomparable Lord of the present as well as of the future worlds, Who existed even before the world came into being, and has created all things that exist in space between the earth and the heaven (the sun)." Rig Veda 10: 121,1
This is an indication of not only the present creation but of future ones to come. Also, ours is not the only solar system or galaxy; the number is endless.
"O men, that All-pervading Being alone is the Lord of the imperishable matter, the material cause of the world; and of the soul and is yet distinct from both. He is the Creator of the universe, the past, the present, and the future." Yajur Veda 21:2"Since God, matter, and souls are eternal, it is positive according to this verse that there were also past creations.
God's works being free from error or flaw, are always of a uniform character. God is the Efficient Cause. Matter like atoms in its ether-like (very subtle) form, is the Material Cause and also the common cause which can be either time, knowledge, space, and labor or instrument. In short, since the latter comprises of four causes we can modestly relate to three principal causes, the Efficient, Material and Common.
The six Shastras (commentaries or branches on the Vedas) all harmonize with one another in the descriptions of the creation of the universe.
This shows that the creation of the world or anything created even by man can never come into being without these six causes.
- "Nothing in this world can be produced without proper application." Mimansa"
- "Nothing can be done or made without the expenditure of time." Vaisheshika
- "Nothing in this world can be produced without the material cause." Niyaya
- "Nothing can be made without the requisite skill, knowledge, and
- "Nothing can be made without the definite combination of atoms." Sankhaya
- "Nothing can be made without a Maker." Vedanta
Now take a house as an illustration. The carpenter is the efficient cause and the wood is the material cause. The carpenter's tools (saw, hammer, etc.) and other instruments, time and space, light, eyes and hands, knowledge and the necessary labor, etc., constitute the common cause. Nothing can be made or unmade without these three causes. God (Efficient Cause) used the eternal elementary matter (Material Cause), combined with His knowledge, for He is All-wise, space and time (The Common Cause) to make the universe.
God, Soul and Matter are eternal which makes the creation cycle beginningless. The concept of the soul being eternal explains the purpose of creation. This, in turn, explains to us why souls are here as human beings, like other living creatures, and vegetation, creation after creation.
Reasoning in conformity with the law of nature, shows us that all things like airplanes, cars, houses, jewelry, etc., created by man, are in their most superior and unblemished conditions in the beginning, and then the procedure of decay starts. All life forms are impeccable and angelic in the beginning and as the process of aging begins they grow old and die.
Similarly, it is true to believe that creation was also in its purest form in every beginning, as God is All-perfect. It is certain to come to an end in this the last age, where we are now, this is quite noticeable with all the adversities we are now encountering. Since we are almost at the beginning of the last age, the cold fact of reality is that the worst is yet to come.
One cycle of time is divided into four ages, namely:-
- Golden Age ........................1,728,000 years (First age)
- Silver Age............................1,296,000 years (Second age)
- Copper or Bronze Age..........864,000 years (Third age)
- Iron Age...................................432,000 years (Fourth age and last
age of the cycle).
- For a total of.........................4,320,000 years in one cycle.Chart showing the ages of one yuga
At the end of this period, all animate things dissolve into one of the five elements. This is called a minor dissolution which occurs at the end of every cycle period (4,320,000 years). Whichever one of the elements (heat or fire, liquids, and solids) brings it to an end, the next cycle will begin with the next specific element in that order. For example, if it ends with fire or heat, it starts with liquids. This present age (Iron age) is 5,860 years old leaving us with 426,140 years before the next Minor Dissolution.
One billion nine hundred and sixty million and eight hundred and fifty three-thousand and seven years ago, [1,960,853,007 (2018)] God created the present creation; the same as He did in the past and the same He will do in the future. Two billion three hundred and thirty-nine million, one hundred and forty-six thousand and nine hundred and ninety-three years (2,339,146,993) remains before the next grand dissolution. The period from creation to dissolution is 4,320, 000,000 years. Thus we have Creations and Dissolutions as beginningless as the absolute Causes are beginningless.
The information which this religion is capable of giving on the age of creation and dissolution (The formula for calculating the age of creation) is afforded by no other religion. It was always in the possession of the Aryans since the dawn of creation. When all the knowledge of the Vedic religion is in harmony with reasoning, then what doubt can there be to the explanation of the age of creation and the period of emancipation. Therefore, it is desirable that all should believe it to be true.
The first combination is called the beginning of Creation. This is the joining of the highly subtle, indivisible separately-existing particles called atoms (or more appropriately correct - electrons) derived from the primitive ether. The various combinations of atoms, in different proportions and ways, give rise to various grades and conditions, of the subtle and gross matter until it reaches the gross visible multiform stage called the universe.
That which brings about the first combination existed before the combination and shall exist after the component parts are pushed asunder. This is called the Cause. That which comes into existence after the combination, and ceases to exist after it has come to an end is called the Effect. That out of which something is made is called a Cause. Whoever produces an Effect out of a Cause is called the Maker.
God energized the subtle Eternal Primordial Matter (Atoms) and the first principle, WISDOM was produced. This reduces matter to one degree less subtle which led to the principle of INDIVIDUALITY. However, it is still less subtle than the five Subtle Entities, optic, auditory, olfactory, gustatory and tactile: (the spiritual senses or the media through which these senses make contact with the soul through the mind).
This further led to the creation of the principles of SENSATION (hearing, seeing, smell, taste, and touch) and the five principles of ACTION (speech, grasp, locomotion, reproduction and excretion) plus the principle of ATTENTION. These are all less subtle by passing through various stages of less subtle conditions of matter (action and reaction) give rise to the five subtle principles (the five elements- inanimate objects of creation) SPACE (MATTER), AIR ( or gas), HEAT ( fire or electricity), LIQUIDS, and SOLIDS respectively. The order of dissolution is the reverse.Of these twenty-four, matter is uncreated.
These twenty-four entities and the spirit, human and Divine, form a group of twenty-five noumenon. The spirit is neither the material cause nor the effect of anything. "This universe was non-existent" means that it was non-existent. The universe in this gross physical and visible form existed only in essence or in elementary form as the eternal elementary matter.
"Nothing can ever become something, nor can something ever become nothing. These two principles have been rightly ascertained by the true seers of nature." Gita 2:16French Scholar, Jacoliot in his book "The Bible in India", comparing the different accounts of the origin of the universe says;
"Astonishing fact! The Hindu Revelation (Veda) is of all Revelations the only one whose ideas are in perfect harmony with modern science, as it proclaims the slow and gradual formation of the world."
In the beginning, there were created many (thousands) human beings as well as many altruistic teachers i.e., learned seers of nature. They were progenitors of the human race. These emancipated souls on account of their previous exceedingly pious actions deserve to be created and not born as a result of sexual intercourse.
"The formation of the brain, of the optic nerve with the most reticulate formation of the retina, the demarcating of the paths of the principles of sensation and action ~ the linking of the soul with the body, the assigning if definite places to it for wakeful state, slumber and deep sleep, the formation of different kinds of tissues and secretions, such as muscle, bone marrow, blood reproductive elements ~ and the construction of various other wonderful structures and mechanisms in the body who but God could have created?" - "The Light of Truth."
Creation, in the beginning, in glory and grandeur (golden age) up until now has always been consistent and uniform. By observing the law of nature with the aid of reasoning we come to the same conclusion, that men are descended from many fathers and mothers and not from one father and one mother (opposing the Divine Law of nature).
In Tibet, a small community of the human race was created, later to be known as the Aryan race, with favorable surroundings consisting of vegetation and animals. They all belonged to one class, that of man and this period consisted of the Golden age, the most heavenly age where souls returned from emancipation. They deserved to be reunited with their families and to enjoy earthly happiness in perfect harmony and sublimate piety.
During the second age, known as the Silver age, there was a mild interruption of sublimity. From the existing one class to two classes evolved the noble (Aryans) and the wicked (Dasyus). This "good" and "bad" is not what our present knowledge can explain, but tremendously more advanced. As a matter of fact, such evil would have been classified as highly religious, far more advanced than our highest religious order of today.
When tensions and serious trouble arose between the Aryans and the Dasyus, the Aryans regarding (now India) as the best on the whole earth emigrated there, and colonized it under the name of Aryavarta ~ the abode of the Aryans. The Dasyus remain in Tibet and started their migration to China and other parts of Asia. This can be proven to be true by the present population that shows India and China to be the two most populous countries in the world today, and of all the continents of the world, Asia is the most populous.
The Bronze age saw the Aryans divided themselves into four classes, teachers (Brahmans), who were entitled to distinction according to the extent of their knowledge. The protectors (Kshatriyas) who were judged by their physical powers, and the merchants (Vaishas), by material wealth in his possession, and laborers (Shudras), were evaluated the years of service. Although the class system was long in effect it was at this age that it became more pragmatic. As knowledge was on the decline divisions and desensitizations were increasing.
We have reached the last age of this cycle, the Iron age where all true knowledge has virtually disappeared and divisions and chaos reign supreme. Afflictions of all kinds, religious, political and social are daily occurrences. Although the races and classes were present in the third age, knowledge was far above petty differences.
"Let a man, therefore, gain knowledge and acquire wisdom, lead a virtuous life, bear malice to none and show all men the path that leads to true happiness." Manu 2:159
The question remains to be solved as to why creation was made and to what end. Many attempts have been made by these groups to answer the question but the problem has been made more intricate by virtue of their interpretations. These differences of opinion have led to terrible animosities. Many of these religious wars have blackened the pages of history. In this way, man's view of the world has remarkably colored and molded his character.
The followers (Aryas) of the one true Vedic religion hold there is an infinite number of eternal, unborn; an immortal spiritual entity. These souls are neither All-knowing nor All-powerful. Their actions are finite. But their finiteness has different levels which are raised or lowered according to the work done by these souls.
God gave the Aryas many things for their use. These souls bring the things of the world into their use according to their capacity, ability, power, and discretion. Acquiring knowledge and making proper use of the objects of the world is considered progress and those who remain idle and inactive to the Vedic religion are sunk in misery.More on Creation >>>>
Sooryaa chandra-masau dhaataa
yathaa poorvam akal-payat
Divam cha prithiveem
chaanta-rik-sham atho swah.
Just as God created the sun, the earth, the moon, electricity, the atmosphere in the previous cycles, so has He done in the present and so will He do in the future." Rig Veda 10:190
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