Category Archives: Veda and Scientology
We have seen how technology has been transforming every sphere in our lives in the last 100 years! As we advance … further advancement is progressively getting accelerated … taking lesser time for quantum jumps! Where will this end finally? We will end in “Spirituality”. How?
Computer sizes have been shrinking. What would have occupied a building will now fit into our palm! As miniaturization continues, things are becoming smaller and smaller – but with their abilities growing bigger and bigger! We are now talking of Nano-technology (molecular structural manipulation towards specific functionality). It will then move towards atoms and then sub-atomic particles and finally through allotropic forms of pure energy to – “Pure Consciousness”. Read the rest of this entry
The Upaniṣads, the Bhagavadgītā, and the Brahmasūtra are known as the prasthāna–traya – the triple foundation/cannon of Vedānta. Prasthāna means ‘foundation’ and thus, these three constitute the three foundations of – Śruti – revelation, Smṛti – remembrance, and Nyāya – reason. They are respectively known as, the Upaniṣads or Śruti-prasthāna, the Bhagavadgītā or Smṛti-prasthāna, and the Brahmasūtra or Nyāya-prasthāna.
Vedas are referred to as Śruti, and since the Upaniṣads form part of the Vedas, their name as Śruti–prasthāna is justified. The Bhagavadgītā stands next to the Upaniṣads with reference to authoritativeness, and is considered almost an equal. Bhagavadgītā or ‘Song of the Lord’ – contains the message of Lord Kṛṣṇa to the humanity. It forms part of the epic, the Mahābhārata, which is a Smṛti or remembered text. Thus, Bhagavadgītā is known as the Smṛti–prasthāna. The Brahmasūtra represents the standpoint of reason because; it sets forth the Vedāntic teachings in a logical order. It is also calledUttara-Mīmāṃsā-Sūtra since it is an enquiry into the final sections of the Vedas; Vedānta-Sūtra since it is the aphoristic text of Vedānta; Śārīraka-Sūtra since it is concerned with the nature and destiny of the embodied jīva; and Bhikṣu-Sūtra since those who are most competent to study this are the Sannyāsīs, or renunciates who are bhikṣus.
Thus, we see that the basic sourcebook of Vedānta, and its basic doctrine is based upon Śruti, and supported by Smṛti and reasoning (Nyāya). In light of this, the central teaching of all three sourcebooks will be posited to be one and the same, i.e. Brahman. Read the rest of this entry
The Vedas (Knowledge) are principally divided into three portions – Mantra, Brahmana and Aranyaka. They are beginningless (Anadi), infinite (Ananta) and not the creation of the humans (Apaurusheya). A unique feature of the Vedas is that they have no internal contradictions. The portion now available is a very small part of the original and so very valuable.
Vast portions of this text have been lost in antiquity.
Vedas (Knowledge) are the means of gaining more knowledge through – Pramana (Acceptable Proof) for Dharma andBrahman.
Brahman (God) = The Original Cause of All Causes!
Dharma (Good) = The way “It originally was & Is” … and hence the crucial need to maintain it be so, for the happiness of all.
Pramanas are of six in number. They are:
1. Pratyaksha (Visible) pramana: Direct perception i.e. through our senses we gain the knowledge of the world.
2. Anuman (Imagination) pramana: We infer what we don’t see from what we see. We know the relationship of what we see with what we don’t see. Like we see smoke and infer fire.
3. Upamana (Comparison) pramana: We learn through comparison. We see an object, which is similar to what we had seen before and by comparison we come to know the new object. For example we compare the materials found on Mars with that on Earth and learn.
4. Arthapatti (Result) pramana: Knowledge is gained of the cause by studying the effect. This too is a type of inference. We see that the roads are wet and infer the cause as rain.
5. Anupalabdhi (Unavailable) pramana: When we do not see a thing which we know at a place we gain knowledge of it’s absence. Like, we know human & animal life is absent on the moon. This too depends on pratyaksha.
6. Agama (Scriptures) pramana: We gain knowledge of Dharma and Brahman, which are beyond the domain of our senses, from the Vedas. Hence Vedas are Aagama Pramana also known as Shabda (Spoken Sound) Pramana. Read the rest of this entry
According to ancient Indian scriptures, Lord Brahma, the creator creates and destroys the universe cyclically. The life of Brahma is 120 divine years called Mahakalpa. Every day he creates 14 Manus one by one and they create and control the world. So there are fourteen Manus in one divine day called Kalpa of Brahma. The life of each Manu is called Manvantara and it has 71 years of four quarters. Each quarter is has four Yugas – Krita or Satya, Treta, Dvapara and Kali.
The following are the complete calculations of Vedic units of time and periods.
Sanatana Dharma and Vedas in India have given the idea of the smallest and the largest measure of time.
Krati = 34,000th of a second
The time taken to tear apart the softest petals of a lotus is called ‘TRUTI’
100 Trutis make 1 Lub
30 Lub make 1 Nimesh
27 Nimesh make 1 Guru Akshar
10 Guru Akshar Make 1 Pran
6 Pran Vighatika make 1 Ghatika or Dand
60 Ghatis make 1 day and night
That means, in a day and night, there are 17,49,60,000,00 Trutis
Thus, according to Western science, there are 86,400 seconds in a day and night, whereas in Indian science, a day and night consists of 17,49,60,000,00 Trutis. Read the rest of this entry
In Vedanthic Upanishads – there is an essential joint prayer (Manthra) by the Guru (teacher) & the Sishya (student) – defining their relationship and prior agreement of purpose between them. It is quoted below in Sanskrit.
Sahanavavathu – Sahanoubhunakthu – Sahaveeryam Karavaavahai
Tejaswinavadheethamastu – Maavidvishavahai
Aum shaanthi shaanthi shaanthihi.
Translation: Let God protect both (teacher & student) of us in all ways. Let God help us learn together and from each other, so we jointly experience the truth. Let there never be any rivalry, conflict or animosity between us. Let there be harmony, peace & tranquility in all the 3-planes connected with our life –ie- physiological, mental & environmental.
The essence of the above prayer finds its reflection in the code of conduct for the pre clears (PC) and auditors in Scientology. Though the Auditor & PC are not the exact equivalent of Guru and Sishya – similarity exists in the work cooperation between the two for learning and jointly advancing towards spiritual enlightenment. Read the rest of this entry