Vedas are the source of integral wisdom, science, tradition and culture of a remarkable civilisation. They are Oral compilations of distilled wisdom of cosmic knowledge survived from the time immemorial. They are the fountain head of Indian culture. They are not only identified as scriptures, but also the specimen of history and human civilisation. The word ‘Veda’ means ‘knowledge’ because it is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘vid’ to know’. Secondly, the term denotes works containing knowledge (Vidya), the most sacred and authoritative knowledge.
The Vedas contain cosmic knowledge in a scientific manner. The Vedic sages had discovered the subtle nature of reality and had coded it in the form of the Vedas. The Veda, literally the knowledge of par excellence is eternal and divine. It is like the ocean of divine consciousness. All the disciplines of ancient knowledge are believed to have emerged from the eternal foundation of Veda.
As per the Indian believe the Vedas contains all the aspects of knowledge.
“catur varnyam trayo lokamscasramas ca prthak prthak
bhutam bhavyam bhavisyam ca sarvam vedat prasidhyati.”
means the four varnas and ashramas exist in the three worlds in the past, present, and the future also. This is explained in the Vedas.”
Yes. Vedas are not only the sacred texts of religious practices; but also the pearls of wisdom is reflected in the Vedic hymns in a symbolic manner. Vedic sages are regarded as mystics and they are identified as the father of human thought and consciousness. They had unraveled the eternal truth with their intuitions and handed down this treasure of spiritual knowledge ‘Veda’ for the welfare of the human civilization. The need of the hour is to study and make them accessible for all.
Yes. Vedic system of education is considered as a means of emancipation from life bondages and continuing through Guru-shishya parampara (teacher-taught tradition) and running through Veda Patahasalas, Gurukulas, Mathas and traditional universities. Vedic system of knowledge is divided into two kinds of knowledge, i.e. worldly and other worldly. The worldly education was chiefly mean for social aspects and the other worldly education was related to achieving salvation.
The Vedas ate intended to serve for achievement of perfection in life. Therefore, the pearls of wisdom to be learnt by heart and the sacred mantras should be chanted in a correct way of pronouncing through the guidance of a teacher.
We need Vedic system of education, because its main objective is the development of physical, moral and intellectual powers of man and to achieve salvation through it. Vedic system of education fosters spirit of piety and righteousness, development of personality, and enhances social Duties and morality.
Vedic literature comprises Samhitas (collections, namely collections of hymns and Mantras), Brahmanas (voluminous prose texts, especially related to sacrificial rites and ceremonies), Aranyakas (forest texts, which contain chiefly the meditations of forest-hermits and deal with mysticism of sacrifices) and the Upanishads(secret doctrines partly included in other Vedic texts and partly reckoned as independent works) There are four Vedas: Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samveda and Atharvaveda. According to the Mahabhasya of Patanjali, there were 21 shakhas of Rigveda, 9 of Atharvaveda, 101 of Yajurveda (86 of Krishna Yajurveda and 15 of Shukla Yajurveda, according to later authorities) and a 1000 varieties of chanting of Samaveda. Nevertheless, although only thirteen or so Shakhas of the Vedas are extant now, we do possess names of most of the lost Shakhas of the Rigveda, Yajurveda and Atharvaveda.
The portal aims to communicate message enshrined in Vedic knowledge for the universal well-being. This portal will be a one-stop solution for the user, who would like to search any information regarding the Vedic heritage, be it the abstract oral traditions, or the textual tradition in the form of publications, manuscripts, implements / Yajna related objects etc. Different system of knowledge of the Vedas will be presented in this portal through introduction to structure of the Vedas including Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Athervaveda; recitations / chanting (Veda Paath) of Vedas observed in different parts of the country with accent and variations, wherever available. This includes the Prakriti and Vikriti Pathas; rituals (karmakanda) performed based on Vedas and their Brahmanas, in audiovisual format; textual details of Vedic Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishadas etc. available in the form of manuscripts and published books.
The portal aims to explore the linkages between Vedic wisdom with different systems of knowledge, i.e. Aeronautics; Astronomy; Astrology; Mathematics; Science; Medicine; Architecture; Legal Systems; Metallurgy; Rituals; Philology; Women Empowerment; Environmental Studies. Vedas are the great ancient cultural heritage of mankind which propagates eternal truths and scientific discoveries. Vedic Heritage in present context will be explored for further research.
In the Vedic system of education we find the gap between traditional and modern method of teaching as well as gap between the two groups of scholars. For example, the traditional scholars are not acquainted with modern scientific methods as well as modern scientists have not sufficient knowledge to explore the scientific spirit of the ancient wisdom. This brief comparative survey of the fundamental principles of Vedic science and modern science shows that the two are neither contradictory nor incompatible. There is the need to create a common platform of Vedic and modern scholars, as well as institutions involved in Vedic studies and modern science to discuss and debate on the gaps and bringing the synergy between our scriptures and modern science,
The Pearls of Vedic wisdom are considered as invaluable treasures covering subjects like; science, technology, philosophy, mathematics and many more segments and it has its relevance in the contemporary scenario also. Vedic wisdom provides a world view to meet the challenges in modern education system. Therefore, inclusion of Vedic wisdom in modern teaching and vice versa can be a powerful tool to create linkage between Vedic and modern system of education. Vedic Heritage Portal, in this regard is a humble attempt to address this issue thorough presentation of the Vedic tradition as well as its linkages with the modern education system.
Vedas are considered as the great treasure of mankind and due to modernization, Vedas are rapidly being forgotten. There are few Vedic scholars with us those who taught in the traditional Gurukulam style. To learn the Vedas from the choosen ones, one can contact with the traditional teachers and can join the gurukulas through short term courses. The Vedic Heritage Portal address this issue through recording of the traditional style of chanting of selected branches of the Vedas alongwith mantras in Devanagari script and associated translations to understand the Vedas in a great extent
The recital system of the Vedas is difficult for a common man, because there are specific system for pronouncing the words, the meters, up and down of the sound as well as hand gestures for pronunciation. This is the reason through which the tradition was preserved for thousand years.
As far as the techniques of recitation is concerned, according to tradition specific emphasis should be given on Varnam (proper pronunciation), Matra (method of chanting vowels), Balam (effort placed in uttering a letter), Samam (maintenance of appropriate speed/slowness in uttering letters), Samthanam (necessity of avoiding delay in uttering letters), and Swaram (tune for Vedic chanting). As per instruction of the tradition chanting of the Vedas may be done under the supervision of a Guru (teacher).