How old are Vedas?

How Old are Vedas?

Vedas were revealed to four Rishis, one Veda to each Rishi (seer), in the beginning of human creation. These Rishis were purest among the thousands of people in the beginning. The Vedas were revealed in the beginning, so that no human being would be deprived of their knowledge. The Rishis passed down the Vedas to the other wise men and the cycle continued. The first life on earth was non-parental, after that parental birth started.

Similar Creation as Done Before
सूर्यचन्द्रमसौ धाता यथापूर्वमकल्पयत। दिवं च प्रीथिविं च अन्तरिक्षमथो स्वः।।RV-10.190.3
Meaning : The supreme master creator and controller planned the sun and moon, heaven and earth, the middle regions and the regions of bliss as ever before since eternity.

Total Darkness before the Creation
तम आसीत्तमसा गूलहमग्रे प्रकेतं सलिलं सर्वमा इदम् ।
तुच्छयेनाभ्वपिहितं यदासीत्तपसस्तन्महिनाजायतैकम्।। RV-10.129.3
Meaning : There is only dark. darker and deeper than

The Vedas were revealed at the beginning of the human race – 1,960,853,117 years ago (in Apr. 2016 AD )

How did we come up with this number?
Indians have been keeping track of time from the beginning of time. They have literature called Surya Sidhant and Panchang to track time a:nd the movements of stars and planets. They keep adding and subtracting one day every day to the creation im of how many years have passed and how many years remain in God’s day. Before performing any auspicious ceremony a Vedic. Hindu priest undertakes sankalpa, which is a declaration of the function being held, to ourselves and to God within us. The Vedic calendar is lunar and is called Vikram Samvat. Normally, the New Year falls in April called llgaadi. Ugaadi is a new year for the Vikram Samvat calendar as well as the Creation year (srishti calendar).

Sankalpa
Vedic Pundit/ Priest recite following human years (sankalapa) at every special occasion:

ओम् तत्सत् अद्य श्री ब्राह्मणो द्वितीये प्रहरार्धे सप्तमे वैवस्वत मन्वन्तरेअष्टावनिशततिमे कलियुगे कलि प्रथमचरणेमुकसंवत्सरायनर्तुमासे पक्षे….दिने….नक्षत्रे….लग्ने मुहूर्ते जम्बुद्वीपे भरतखण्डे आर्यावर्तेकदेशेत्रेन्द कार्य क्रियते ।
Meaning : It is almost noon of God’s day (ब्राह्मादिन), which is Vevsvat Manvantar. The years remaining of Vevsvat manvantar are the same number of years from God’s noon.
This is first part of the 28th Kalyug of VeVsvat Manvantar. Kalyug’s 5118’th (from Apr 2016) year is currently running as today’s year, month, day and time. This function is being held in Bharat-khand, Aryavrata desha or the country of the United States of America). This is explained in detail through the following table;

DivisIon of Time
– Day
– Month
– Year
– Yuga
– Manvantra

Day, Month, Year – do not need explaining.

Yuga
The time has been divided into four parts which are called yugas. Each Yuga has a life span depicted in the chart below.

Yuga life (in years)
Sat Yuga                          1,728,000
Treta Yuga                      1,296,000
Dwapar Yuga                 864,000
Kal Yuga                         432,000
Total years in 1 chaturyugi (foursome) 4,320,000
Total life of creation or God’s day – 1000 foursome yugas 4,320,000,000
Division by yugas is basically a time tracker. It doa not make one Yuga better or worse than the other.

Manvantra
Further, the time has been divided into 14 parts called Manvantras as depicted in the table on the following page. Each Manvanvtra contains 71 foursome yagas (chaturyugi). 14 Manvantras is the total life of God’s day (ब्रह्मदिन) starts. After God’s day, God’s night (ब्रह्मरात्रि) starts and the cycle of God’s day and night continues.

Manvantra Number of Chaturyugi (Foursome Yugas)
1.Svaayambhuva 71
2.Svaarochisha 71
3.Uttama 71
4.Taamasa 71
5. Raivata 71
6. Chaakshusha 71
7. Vaivasvata 71 – currently 28th chaturyugi (foursome) is running
8. Saavoarni 71
9. Daksha saavarni 71
10. Brahma saavarni 71
11. Dharma saavarni 71
12 Rudra saavarni 71
13. Deva.saavarni 71
14. Indra.saavarni 71
Total chaturyugis (foursomes) 994

Current Manvantra and Yuga
Currently, we are in 7th Manvantra called Vaivsvata Manvantra depicted in the table above. Out of 71 foursome Yugas of Vaivsvata Manvantra, 27 foursome Yugas have been completed and we are currently in 28th

foursome Yuga. Of the 28th foursome Yuga; Sat Yuga, Treta Yuga and Dwapar Yuga have been completed. We are now in Kal Yuga. Completed Kal Yuga years are 5117 (in Apr. 2016 AD).

Add All Up Gives the Age of Vedas and Creation

* 1 Chaturyugi (foursome Yuga) 4,320,000 years

* 6 Manvantras have passed 4,320,000 x 71 x 6 1,840,320,000 years

* 7th Manvantra (27 chaturyugis completed) 4,320,000 x 27 116.640,000 years

*7 th Manvantra’s(28th chaturyugi’s years passed = Sat Yug 1,728,000 + Treta Yug 1,296,000 + Dwapar Yug 864,000 + Kal Yug year passed + 5117 = 3,893,117 years

* Add 6 Manvantras passed + 7th Manvantras 27 chaturyugis passed + 7th Manvantras 28th chaturyugis years passed 1,960,853,117 Years

Total Years in God’s day (Brahm din)
The total number of chaturyugis (foursome Yugas) in all 14 Manvantras are 71 X 14 994. This is the amount of time allotted for all living beings. The actual number of chaturyugis (foursome Yugas) in God’s day are 1000. The rest of the 6 chaturyugis (foursome yugas) are taken up by the creation and annihilation of the universe. So God’s day is made of foursome Yuga years 4,320,000 x 1000 .4,320,000,000 years. After God’s day, God’s night (Brahm ratri) is of the same number of years. God’s day after God’s night the cycle continues. During God’s night, there is no creation, only total darkness and souls are in deep sleep. Matter is in its finest form.

Subject Matter of the Vedas
“God is the ultimate theme of the Vedas : All shoutd follow the Vedic instructions and do their activities with the glorification of God, so that they may attain success and accomplishment in material and spiritual matters concerning this life and life after death, by doing good to others according to their ability.” Maharishi Dayanand Sarswati (1824-1883)

God Sustains the Universe
मसद्यक्षं भुवनस्य मध्ये तपसि क्रान्तं सलिलस्य पृष्ठे ।
तस्मिन् श्रयन्ते य उ के च् देवा वृक्षस्य स्कन्धः परित्इव शाखाः।। AV_10.7.38

Meaning : God is the highest object of adorations, who pervades the universe and possesses the super-most knowledge. He is the supporter of the universe, as trunk of a tree upholds all the branches.

Knowledge
The Vedas contain spiritual wisdom and knowledge for practical life as well as heavenly matters – science’ technology, medicines, health, society, family, economics’ mathematics’ finance, research, education and so on. The foremost of these is of God (Brahma- Vidya) and soul.

Two kinds of Knowledge
Apara :
Knowledge of all material things, from a blade of grass to rockets and their proper use. Vedas say use air, water, and fire to build aircrafts, ships and other vehicles for land, space and water. They say visit other lands by building rockets and spaceships. They contain the knowledge of movement of the stars, sun, moon, earth and more. Mathematics, technology, science etc. are all found in the Vedas
Para : Knowledge by which one knows Brahma (God) and self (Atma/ soul), who are invisible is called para. The Vedas dictate God is: Blissful, Formless, Unborn, Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent, Just, Kind, Sustainer, Nurturer, Holy, Infinite, flawless, Eternal and the Creator of the universe. The Atma or soul is never born and never dies. Atma is ruled by the law of Karma (as you sow, so shall you reap). The Vedas dictate that the real aim of human life is to attain Moksha/liberation (all bliss – freedom from the cycle of rebirth).

Karma or Actions are also of Two Kinds Ordinary: Acquiring riches enjoyment and success. Most humans are absorbed in their daily routines of work, families, pursuing material objects and having no time to think or do anything else. When it comes to spirituality, they are lost in blind faiths, rituals, superstitions and similar ignorant activities. The ultimate result is pain and suffering, and results in the staying in the cycle of birth and death.

Moksha : No life, human or non-human, is without suffering. The only way out is Moksha or liberation. Moksha is:

– Freedom from the cycle of birth and death.
– Being blissful. happy, joyful, and staying in the company of God.

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