Role of Vedas in our life
For an object we buy, along with it a manual describing how to operate
that particular object is also given.
Scriptures are manuals teaching us how to live in this world.
The primary source of scriptures are the Vedas. Vid means to know.
Vedas are the means or instrument of knowledge.
We gain the knowledge of colours through our eyes. We trust our eyes.
The knowledge gained through the eyes is not verifiable by any other
instrument of knowledge.
In the same way, the knowledge gained through the Vedas is not
verifiable by any other source of knowledge.
Vedas talk about God, swarga-naraka, punya-papa etc.,. These cannot be
verified by any other means of knowledge.
Vedas serve as the sixth sense organ, which provides us the knowledge
of the creator, the knowledge on our own self and the knowledge of the
Vedas need not be scientific. There is no need to prove Vedas through
scientific instruments – as science depends only on perception (gained
through the five sense organs - pratyaksha) and inference (anumana).
Vedic wisdom is unique – it is something which is not gained by sense
organs. It is not even gained by inference.
Vedas are not written by any human being. They were revealed to the
Rishis. Rishis are not mantra-kartha (the creator of the mantras), but
mantra-drishta (seers of the mantras). Thus, Vedas are free from the
limitations of human intellect.
We have to develop sraddha in Vedas, which is an independent
instrument of knowledge.
Vedic knowledge is extremely useful in shaping one’s personal and
social life. It clearly presents the duties of an individual at the
individual level and the social level.
Vedas also clearly define the goals of mankind into four – dharma,
artha, kama and moksha and also prescribes the means to achieve them.
This Vedic knowledge alone is presented in Smiritis, Itihasa like
Ramayana and Mahabharata and the Puranas.
Numerous scriptures are available in almost all languages with vedic
wisdom as their basis.
If any contradiction arises between the Vedas and these secondary
texts, only the vedic knowledge is taken to be more appropriate. Even
logic is used only as an assisting tool in understanding the vedic
It is the duty of every individual to have atleast one text based on
this vedic knowledge as a manual for leading his/her life.
We should spend quality time to go through any of these scriptures,
follow them in our life and make our lives fruitful.
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