O Supreme Lord! Thou art ever existent, Ever conscious, ever blissful. We meditate on Thy most adorable glory. Mayest Thou guide and inspire our intellect On the path of highest divinity! May we be able to discriminate between truth and falsehood?

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O Supreme Lord! Thou art ever existent, Ever conscious, ever blissful. We meditate on Thy most adorable glory. Mayest Thou guide and inspire our intellect On the path of highest divinity! May we be able to discriminate between truth and falsehood?

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Recording otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher. J- Printed at Nutech Photolithographer, Delhi Vast is the ocean of sacred words which enlightens the universe With Divine vision. This is only a part of our big project in which we propose to bring out the translations of various other Vedic texts, particularly the Vedk Samhitas.

The Rig Samhita has 10, verses, the Yajur 1,, the Samaveda 1,, and the Atharva 5, verses, and thus the total comes to 20, verses. Pandit Satyakam, with his great qualities of head and heart and with his love for music and poetry, is the right person to have been assigned the task of selecting something like one thousand verses out of this entire stock for the benefit of entire humanity. We are very much obliged to the publishers for the excellent production of this Vedic Anthology.

Humanity is proud of this most ancient heritage and it has been the most amazing accomplishment of man-kind to have preserved this divine literature to this day under all hazards and vicissitudes of history. The Vedas constitute the back-bone of our entire culture and development through the millennia not only in India but also abroad.

For most of us, they constitute the first literature that dawned on us at the earliest time of man's appearance on this globe. In India, we regard them as the revealed knowledge.

What the effulgent sun is to animate and inanimate activity on the terrestrial earth, the Vedic enlightenment is to the prestigious life of man on this planet for the majority of humanity.

Man with his most highly evolved physico-psychic complex is a gem in our divine creation, much above animal level. For his fulfilment, the necessary code of conduct is incorporated in the Vedic texts. It is the most precious gift to humanity from our benign Creator and Lord. WE are told that the divine revelation came to man at a time when the world was in its infancy.

I shall not take you to primitive man and his group as conceived by an evolutionist of the modern age—a society which was least conducive for the type of revelation we received from the divine source. Undoubtedly, the primitive and mentally un-evolved man could have been least receptive to the highest type of enlightenment. I shall not refer you to the history or the geography of the event of revelation, for the time-space reckoning must have started very long ago in our history.

I am talking of days when man had no language, though he had a complete set of vocal and hearing organs. Think of the days when man had existed without a vocabulary; he had not yet called the sun the sun, the moon the moon, and the earth the earth.

How surprising it was that he was flourishing in surroundings to which he had not yet given names. He was moving, sitting, sleeping, eating and drinking but he had no terminology for these functions. His gesture had no words. He was enjoying colourful Nature; he had no terms for white, red, pink, blue, green or black.

In the midst of such a state of affairs now inconceivable, the divine knowledge was revealed to him through exceptional personalities with high receptivity, stupendous memory and superb under-standing. The earliest contribution of men of this group was to assign names to the objects of surroundings in the most general terms. The language of the divine Rig-Veda itself has an astonishing stock of about 35, words in 10, verses with immense intrinsic potentiality for coining new terms.

With the revealed Vedas starts the concept of human language in terms of which man not only talked with contemporary man, but also continued his link with posterity. Without having an instinct to communicate to posterity, man could not have made any history, culture, philosophy, science and technology. This communication could have been possible only through a language, as divine as Creation. Philosophy or science assumes the pre-existence of orderliness in Creation, the Rita, another name for eternal consistency.

According to a theistic concept, there is a concomitant relationship between the Veda, Creation and science. Thousands of years have passed since the divine knowledge was first revealed to a small group of seers the four Samhitas to the first four— Agni, Vayu, Aditya and Angiras , so named traditionally. There was another group of seers with stupendous memory, who passed on this knowledge to the successive generations.

The art of script and writing was invented and developed at a much later stage. Such an amazing phenomenon of pre serving the most ancient texts of 20, verses through all the years of history could not have occurred in any other land.

The credit goes to the traditional Brahmanas of India who against all hazards of human history could keep the texts so well preserved with the right phonetic accents and accuracy to this. MAN was very dynamic in the Vedic Age when he for the first time domesticated cattle and developed barley, rice and lentils.

He with regularity introduced innovations in agriculture. The Rishis of the days of the Yajnas laid the foundations of the earliest physical and life sciences including mathematics and astronomy.

The places where these Yajnas were performed were known as Yajnashalas; they were man's earliest temples of learning,. There could not have been any limit to man's achievement and his collaborative accomplishments. The Veda stands for the philosophy of dynamic realism, against that of static mysticism. IT was the Veda that inspired earliest man. You cannot think of knowledge by eliminating God from His Creation. After all, what is knowledge? What is physics?

Is it not with reference to our Great Creation? It is just the study of a little activity in the dynamic world in a particular parameter. The world is the source-book of all such studies. In our own body complex, there is something, the study of which is beyond the dimensions of our physics—how does a sense organ function?

How do the vital forces operate and how does the mind work? These questions pertain to that realm of creation which is also as real as the physical realm.

Raising questions in their context, exploring mysteries and finding out the generalities take us to the disciplines of psychology and meta-physics and so, ultimately, it is our creation ultra micro, micro and macro which has to be studied and explored. The Veda takes you even a little beyond this creation. While the Vedic texts present to you a little picture of the mysteries of this creation, they by and by lift you up a little beyond the physical or meta-physical reality.

They raise you from creation to the Creator. They take you from the Sun to the Sun that shines behind the Sun, to the Fire that glows behind the mundane fire, they take you to Light that enlightens all the lights familiar to us. They take you to Beauty and Pleasure behind the so called beauty and pleasure that exist in our everyday life. In the lower stages, all the disciplines of knowledge are distinct and separate.

What botany is is not physics; what hearing is is not seeing, what knowing is is not feeling but in the Apara Vidya the knowledge of the Supreme , all these distinctive disciplines merge into one.

The highest knowledge is merely one, the integrated knowledge, and this is the knowledge, not gained through our sense-organs, vital organs or through our mental behaviours. This is the final knowledge that we aspire for. This is then the establishment of a personal link between an aspirant and the Supreme One. May you enjoy to the full the charm of the damsel of Dawn a little before sunrise; some of the verses draw your attention to the glory of the rising sun, the vast luminary that enlightens our globe throughout the day.

The verses take you to the thrilling evenings and to the calmness of night, cool and refreshing. The sky and the firmament have their own beauty with stars set like pearls and diamonds on a blue background.

THIS is, however, one aspect of Nature's glory. The rays of the sun take away moisture from the surface of oceans; the moisture takes the form of dark clouds which during particular months of the year proceed with high speed thousands of miles at a height of 4, to 20, feet high in the firmament. Whilst the clouds move, the midspace wind also attains a stupendous velocity. The water particles of the clouds are surcharged with electricity. The result is thunder and lightning.

The thunder, lightning and high speed wind, all the three integrate themselves to provide dread to the living beings on the terrestrial globe. For days together, the sun is rendered invisible and is shrouded as if with layers of clouds. And finally the rain falls in torrents, and the sky again becomes clear.

Man gets light and warmth both from the mighty sun. The clouds are known as Vrittra in Vedic terminology. More than a dozen names are given to these clouds; they are the demons, they are serpents Ahih ; they are the Varahas meaning boars also. The sun is also given dozens of names.

The Vedic verses take delight in referring to the eternal conflict between Indra or the sun and the shrouder, the clouds, which obstruct light and warmth of the sun. Ultimately, it is the sun that becomes victorious. But again the story is repeated everywhere. The Divine Poet of the Veda is never tired of narrating this parable; and He takes us to another conflict of the same nature which exists within the interior of all of us—a constant struggle between our divine tendencies and our devilish ones.

While the Vedas narrate this parable, their reference to the sun and clouds is merely symbolic. The real conflict which they intend to stress is between the self and the dark forces within our own personal make-up. On one side we have truth, light c and immortality and on the other evil, darkness and -- death. Man is also an architect or potter in certain respects, but his creation, his art, his pot exists at a place where he does not stay.

But the Supreme Divine as an architect produces everything within Him, for there is nothing that exists outside Him and He is within all. For we have in a passage of the. Yajur, where there is a reference to the Supreme Reality:.


The Holy Vedas

Published by Penguin Seller Rating:. About this Item: Penguin, Soft cover. Condition: New. The four Vedas contain the divine, infallible knowledge revealed to those primal men whose soul was specially illuminated to by the grace of god to receive and impart humanity the words of almighty god.



Satyajit Ray was one of the greatest film-makers of his time. In , he was awarded the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement by the Academy The four Vedas contain the divine, infallible knowledge revealed to those primal men whose soul was specially illuminated to by the grace of god to receive and impart humanity the words of almighty god. The Vedas are the sacred heritage not only of India but of all mankind.


Holy Vedas by Pandit Satyakam Vidyalankar


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