The essence of Vedas
Veda literally means “Truth” or “Knowledge” or “Awareness”. Sanskrit is the language in which Veda was scripted. Sanskrit – means culturally evolved. Veda is the spiritual & social foundation of Indian ethos – and Sanskrit is the mother of all Indian languages. Veda was not originally a book authored by a single individual, as was often misinterpreted or misunderstood by many western scholars. Vedas were the cumulative compilations by different exalted sages & seers at different times in the history.
Veda as we know today includes the following works –viz- Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda, Atharvaveda – plus more than 100 Upanishads (Vedaantha), 18 Puranas (mythologies), Bhaashyas (dilative commentaries – by modern sages like Sri Maadhvaacharya, Sri Raamaanujaacharya & Sri Aadi Shankaraacharya), Ithihaasas (recorded history) etc. Thus the Vedic Religion (Sanaathana Dharma) which is today known as Hinduism – is not governed by a single book authored by a single prophet. Every individual (intellectual) – with proven capability & competence – was welcomed to contribute his might – to add and enrich the content of Veda – progressively over the ages. Thus Hindu religion is not an organized religion like others – but simply a way of life – adopted by the like minded people of India. Hindus are unorganized in their religion but are maintaining their cohesion & integrity through common values.
“Let noble thoughts come to us from every where & all directions” – is the principal quote from – Rigveda.
Asatoma Sadgamaya (Sanskrit) – Shift me from untruth to truth (Disillusion Me).
Thamasoma Jyotirgamaya (Sanskrit) – Shift me from darkness to light (Enlighten Me)
Mrutyorma Amrutangamaya (Sanskrit) – Shift me from mortality to immortality (Immortalize Me).
Thathvamasi (Sanskrit) – I am “That” (God).
Prajnaanam Brahma (Sanskrit) – Awareness of Awareness (Knower of the knowing) is God.
Aham Brahmaasmi / Soham (Sanskrit) – I am God.
Sarvam Khalvidam Brahma (Sanskrit) – All come from God.
Sarve Janah Sukhinobhavanthu /Lokah Samastha Sukhinobhavantu (Sanskrit) – Let people everywhere be Happy.