Introduction to the Vedas

1) Hindus believe the Vedas are without a beginning and an end. Our rishis have been able to capture for the humanity only some mantras out of the endless Vedas.​
2) The four Vedas are Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda. The Vedas, believed to be vibrations in space, were codified by Bhagwan Ved Vyasa 5000 years ago at the beginning of the Kali Yuga.

3) The claim by modern Indologists that Rig Veda came first is wrong, as Rig Veda has references to other Yajur and Sama Vedas in many places. Their findings on the sequence of the portions of the Vedas Samhita, Brahmana and Aranyaka are also faulty.

4) Samhita means that which has been well-codified. It brings out the purport of a Veda, in the shape of hymns, systematically arranged. The purpose of the Vedas is to lead the mankind to spiritual awakening.

5) Rig Veda: This Veda contains hymns (Rik) in praise of Devtas. The Rig Veda Samhita has 10,170 hymns. Rig Veda begins and ends with praises on Agni. Here, Agni signifies inner consciousness (atma chaithanyam).

6) Yajur Veda: The word yajus is derived from the root yaj, which means worship. The hymns and prose in this Veda deal with ritualistic procedure of yajna. The purpose of the Yajur Veda is to give the hymns in Rig Veda a practical shape in the form of yajna.

7) Saama Veda: This Veda is the most musical of all Vedas. The mantras in this Veda are highly helpful for a person’s spiritual evolution. In the Bhagwat Gita Bhagwan Krishna says “Among Vedas, I am Saama.”

8) Atharva Veda: The mantras in this Veda are designed to ward off evil and to destroy enemies. This Veda contains hymns on devatas whose names are not found in the other three.

9) Taken together, there are 20,500 hymns in these Vedas. The three Vedas – Rig, Yajur and Saama — together represent a psychological process of the human mind. The first Veda represents the power of knowledge, the second the power of action and the third the power of will. The Atharva Veda is called the Veda of compensation or rectification. Any imbalance in the other three faculties is rectified through this.

10) Why Vedas stand out? Unlike other religious scriptures, no Veda says, “This is the only way or this is the only God.” The message of the Vedas is for the entire humanity – not for a set of believers. The Rig Veda says, “Let all men meet and think as with one mind. Let all hearts unite in love. Let the goal be common. May all live in happiness with a common purpose.”

1) Hindus believe the Vedas are without a beginning and an end. Our rishis have been able to capture for the humanity only some mantras out of the endless Vedas.​
2) The four Vedas are Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda. The Vedas, believed to be vibrations in space, were codified by Bhagwan Ved Vyasa 5000 years ago at the beginning of the Kali Yuga.

3) The claim by modern Indologists that Rig Veda came first is wrong, as Rig Veda has references to other Yajur and Sama Vedas in many places. Their findings on the sequence of the portions of the Vedas Samhita, Brahmana and Aranyaka are also faulty.

4) Samhita means that which has been well-codified. It brings out the purport of a Veda, in the shape of hymns, systematically arranged. The purpose of the Vedas is to lead the mankind to spiritual awakening.

5) Rig Veda: This Veda contains hymns (Rik) in praise of Devtas. The Rig Veda Samhita has 10,170 hymns. Rig Veda begins and ends with praises on Agni. Here, Agni signifies inner consciousness (atma chaithanyam).

6) Yajur Veda: The word yajus is derived from the root yaj, which means worship. The hymns and prose in this Veda deal with ritualistic procedure of yajna. The purpose of the Yajur Veda is to give the hymns in Rig Veda a practical shape in the form of yajna.

7) Saama Veda: This Veda is the most musical of all Vedas. The mantras in this Veda are highly helpful for a person’s spiritual evolution. In the Bhagwat Gita Bhagwan Krishna says “Among Vedas, I am Saama.”

8) Atharva Veda: The mantras in this Veda are designed to ward off evil and to destroy enemies. This Veda contains hymns on devatas whose names are not found in the other three.

9) Taken together, there are 20,500 hymns in these Vedas. The three Vedas – Rig, Yajur and Saama — together represent a psychological process of the human mind. The first Veda represents the power of knowledge, the second the power of action and the third the power of will. The Atharva Veda is called the Veda of compensation or rectification. Any imbalance in the other three faculties is rectified through this.

10) Why Vedas stand out? Unlike other religious scriptures, no Veda says, “This is the only way or this is the only God.” The message of the Vedas is for the entire humanity – not for a set of believers. The Rig Veda says, “Let all men meet and think as with one mind. Let all hearts unite in love. Let the goal be common. May all live in happiness with a common purpose.”

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