Other Vedic Concepts

Other Vedic Concepts

Sanskrit and Hindi Languages
The Sanskrit language is written in the Devnagri alphabet. Sanskrit and Devnagri are as oId as the universe itself i.e. about two billion years old. Since the beginning of the universe until a few thousand years ago, there was onIy one language-Sanskrit and only one alphabet – Devnagri – in the whole world.

Devnagri is the only alphabet, in the whole world, that represents alI possibIe sounds. And, all letters of Devnagri alphabet have natural sounds. AI1 words in Sanskrit Ianguage are read and spoken as they are written. Thus, Devnagri is the most scientific alphabet and Sanskrit is the most scientific language.

The Hindi language is also written in the Devnagri alphabet. In addition, most of the words used in Hindi are from the Sanskrit language.

Namaste
Namaste is a Sanskrit word. It means and stands for – “my regards for you” or “my Iove for you”, based on whom you are saying it to. For elders, it means “my respect or regard for you,” and for youths it means “my love for you ” The Vedas use of the word Namaste for greetings whenever two people meet, whether it is morning , noon, evening or night .

Intoxicatian
All kinds of intoxicants like opium, liquor, tobacco and other recreational drugs are prohibited by the Vedas. These are harmful for the body and the mind. These are mind altering and addictive, leading to deleterious consequences.

Speculations and Gambling
All types of speculation and gambling are prohibited by the Vedas.

Cremation
After a person dies, the body should be burnt and not buried. Burial spoils that piece of land and creates lot of foul smell. Burning a dead body by adding fragrances e.g. butter oil, saffron etc. does not give off a foul smell.

If a dead body is thrown a river, the water animals will eat the body, but the water will get polluted. Cremation protects the environment. Cremation is the cleanest way to dispose of a dead body. It puts back natural elements as done in Vedic tradition.

Heaven and Hell
A person who is in a particularly happy situation is said to be in Heaven and when in a particularly sad situation is said to be in Hell. There are no special places or planets like Heaven or Hell.

Purification
Water purifies the body. The mind is purified by being truthful in thoughts. speech and actions. The soul is purified by doing the right things intellect is purified by knowing and understanding the whole world, including God.

Blind Faiths and Superstitions
Blind faiths and superstitions are highly condemned by the Vedas. Also never ever put your faith in the cheats, hypocrites, evil-doers or selfish people. They are the tricksters and frauds.

Astrology
Astrology, signs, horoscope, palmistry and fortune telling etc. are highly condemned by the Vedas. God has given us the intelligence to think and learn aIong with the body to take actions. The future is not known to us for a good reason, therefore, do not even try to indulge in astrological myths and frauds. Just do your part and leave the rest to the creator of the universe.

Five Great Duties
The following ‘Five Great Daily Duties’ are prescribed for all human beings:

1.Brahma Yajna :It comprises studying and teaching the Vedas and other Shaastraas, morning and evening devotions and practice of Yoga meditation. This yajna help in advancement in knowledge, culture, righteousness and refinement of manners.

2. Devayajna : (Holy Fire) it comprises the feeding of fire with clarified butter and odoriferous substances, reciting mantras, association with the learned and the good, cultivation of purity, truthfulness and similar other good qualities, and the advancement of knowledge. Yajnas 1 and 2 should be performed daily (during the twilights).

This yajna cause purification of air, rain and water, and thereby conduces to the happiness of the world. The use of pure air for respiration, pure water, and pure food promotes health, strength, energy and intellect, which in their turn help men to acquire virtue, wealth, gratify (righteous) desires, and attain Moksha.

3. Pitriyajna : consists in serving learned men, great teachers, scholars, one’s father, mother, old people, great men, and great yogis. The pious service increase one’s knowledge and wisdom which help a man to discriminate between right and wrong to pursue a righteous path in life.

4. Valivaishwadeva Yajna : is taking care of dependent animals and needy people.

5. Atithi Yajna : An Atithi is one whose date of coming is not certain or fixed. Whenever a Sanyaasi (sage), who is virtuous and a preacher of truth, itinerates for the good of all, is a perfect scholar and a Yogi, happens to visit a house-holder offer him water to wash his feet and face, and to sip and offer himher a comfortable seat respectfully. Give him good food, drink and other necessary things like clothes etc. Serve him most diligently and make himher quite comfortable. Without existence of such sages, no real progress can be made in our life.

What is Soma?
A popular perception about SOMA is that it is some kind of herbal preparation, which is consumed for exhilarating benefits. However it is very clearly stipulated in Vedas “what persons regard as Soma cannot be eaten or drunk.” RV (10.85.3) i.e., Soma is not a mere herb. Again RV10.85.2 adds, -The sun is strong by Soma, the earth is vast by Soma…”. The whole of RV Mandal 9 is about Soma, and clearly indicates the nonphysical nature of SOMA.

Basically Soma represents a talent, capacity and quality which is at the root of all motivations which make possible innumerable constructive, beneficial tasks and actions for the welfare of the world.

Nirgun, Sagun, Niraakar and Saakar
Commonly nirgun is translated as niraakar (formless) and sagun (form) is translated as saakar for God. These translations are totally wrong. Simply nirgun means one without a particular quality (guna). Similarly Sagun means one has a particular quality (guna). God has qualities of Formless, All-pervading, All-knowing and Just etc. these are His Sagun or qualities. For having form, innocence, limited and unjust etc. God is Nirgun, meaning these are not His qualities. Niraakar means formless. Saakar means form and is wrongly accepted for God, because of wrong translation of Sagun as form.

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