The appealing charm of the world’s largest democracy lies in the infinite range of incredulity it offers. Our incredible India offers incredible literature! Talking about Indian literature always sets a benchmark for the literature world and culture. When God using His sharp imagination powers created us, He even did us a great favor of sending a manual, in the form of a literature, which is none other than the sacred book Vedas written by the messengers of the Creator Himself; it’s just like when you get a machine and have a manual to explain how to use it.
Vedas are based on a very subtle concept according to the Hindu philosophy. Knowledge is as eternal as the Almighty Himself, in fact knowledge is something ancient than the cosmos. Vedas refer to the divine knowledge of God and the universe. Five thousand years ago when Ved Vyas, who was the ‘avatar’ of the eternal, realised that the people of Kalyug won’t be ‘Shruti Dhari”, which means the capacity to hear and remember. So he penned down the divine knowledge and gave the world the oldest literature-Vedas
The word “Veda” has its origin from the Sanskrit word “Vid”, which is a verb, meaning the activity of knowing. The word “Vidya” has also been derived from the same roots, which ultimately means knowledge. Vedas also led to the advancement of language in the due course of time, which further helped in flourishing the Vedic literature.
Vedas are basically split into four parts and some subparts like Upanishads. Rigved, Samved, Yajurved and Atharvaved are the most important parts of the Vedic literature. The whole literature is so vast that it is estimated that mortals like us will require 5000 years of continuous reading to gain in all the knowledge. So Upanishads did a great work of providing a quick knowledge in the form of the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita, which summarises all the Vedic knowledge in a short time with accuracy. Vedas have also played an important role in the Indian culture. The core of the diversified Indian culture emerged from the vedic literature. Even the world of music, medicine, engineering, yoga, spirituality is a gift of Vedas to not only India but the whole world. In “Sanatan Dharma” Vedas are considered the path bearer or the immense source of knowledge, teaching about the service of God and His fellowmen and following the divine rules of the creator
But as every coin has two sides with us, Vedas has its own tragedy in India. With the course of time Vedic knowledge kept losing importance in its own origin country. As the world progressed Indians got influenced by the western world and all of a sudden neglected the divine Indian culture. Nowadays people are involved in western biographies rather than Indian literature. Yoga, which was a gift to the world by the Vedas is now more popular in western countries rather than India. Even though India is considered as the yogic capital on the ground basis, it doesn’t seem realistic. The youth needs to understand that the Vedas are not just source of knowledge but also the source of good living. Answers to questions which we keep buried in us, perhaps because we don’t know where to find them are present in the Vedas but still people die searching it on Google.
Indian education seems to be a big failure in promoting the Vedic knowledge but still there are sages and philosophers who have kept this divine knowledge alive. People like Sadguru, Gaur Gopal Das have been excellent ambassadors for the propagation of the Vedic literature. The Vedic literature and its knowledge are still alive in the Indian roots and will keep flourishing with time. The time will come when Indians will soon realise the importance of Vedic knowledge and get into it.
India which gave the world the hidden wisdom of the universal consciousness is still guided by great stages of Vedas in the form of literature. Time has come for the revolution and evolution of Sanatan Dharma to get a step closer to eternal knowledge. With the help of “Akhand Yog”, the scientific part of universal consciousness, we can still find the hidden secrets of Vedas and become the perfect spiritual beings and lay the foundation for everlasting World Peace. Concluding our discussion with a verse from the Vedas, the verse which speaks of one truth, the truth that there may be several ways of reaching the Almighty, but the Vedas remain the most efficient one!
“Ekam sat viprah bahudha Vedanti”
By Lokpal Ashok Singh, Mumbai