Vedas and Vedic Culture


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  • Sruti and Smruti. Sruti means that which heard Smruti means Which is memorized or kept as Smruti. Sruti becomes Vedas Smruti becomes other vedic scriptures. i.e. Manu Smruti. There are 20 Smrutis out there.
  • Krishna = more than 4000 Years –Dwapar Yug Ram: Before that so you can estimate 5000 or more years= Treta Yug Vedas – Before Ram and Krishna – May be more than 6000 to 7000 years. Sat Yug
  • There are more than 220 Upanishads are available but main are 108 Upanishads.
  • Chitavritynirodha= 1 st Yoga Sutra.
  • Significance of the Darshan Shastras and their period . The Vedic literature is so extensive that it is hard even for a Vedic genius to comprehend and remember the theme of all of them. So Sage Jaimini, who was the pupil of Ved Vyas, wrote the Poorv Mimansa Sutras to facilitate the correct understanding of the Vedas. Nyay and Vaisheshik Sutras describe the logical steps of how to determine the rights and the wrongs in terms of finding the absolute good for a person. Sankhya Sutras explain the extent of mayic creation and the Divinity beyond that. It tells that the entire mayic creation is worth discarding and only the Divinity is to be attained because that is the only source of Bliss. Yog Sutras then explain the practical process of heart purification which may qualify a person to experience the absolute Divine. Then the Brahm Sutra (Uttar Mimansa) reveals this secret that God is absolute Divinity and absolute Bliss, and He is Gracious. So, yearn fully remember Him and with His Grace experience His absolute Blissfulness forever. This is the general outline of all the six Darshan Shastras .
  • Vedas and Vedic Culture

    1. 1. Param Pujya Gurudev Shriram Sharma AcharyaFounder of All World Gayatri Pariwar and writer of more than 3000 books Based on Vedic Culture.
    2. 2. Yug Rishis Yug Rishi, Vedmurti Taponistha Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya For expecting New Era In 21st Century -CompiledCompiled for Sat Yug 4 Vedas 108 Upanishads – Additional Upanishad4 Vedas “Pragyopnishad” 18 Puranas –Additional Puran18 Puranas “Pragya Puran”Mahabharat  6 DarshansShrimad Bhagwat 20 Smrutiya, Yog VasisthaGita Gita Vishwa Kosh (18 Volumes comprises of 10,000 pages)  108 Volumes of Vangmaya (Approx 30,000 Pages)
    3. 3. What is Vedic Culture?Vedic culture is based on Vedic scriptures(sastras) called Vedas."Veda” comes from the word “Vid”.“Vid” is Sanskrit word for “To Know".“Veda” means “Knowledge” “EternalKnowledge- No Beginning No Ending.Sanskrit was the language of Vediccivilization.
    6. 6. What is Vedas?To understand Vedas one should know about meaning of word “SRUTI”
    7. 7. What is Vedas?Hindus believe that the Vedas were not written byanyone (including God), but are eternally existing(apaurusheya). While many historians regard theVedas as some of the oldest surviving texts, theyestimate them to have been written down between1500 BCE and 500 BCE.
    8. 8. Essence of VedasThe Vedas consist of several kinds of texts, all of whichdate back to ancient times. The core is formed by the Mantras which representhymns, prayers, magic and ritual formulas, charms etc.The hymns and prayers are addressed to a pantheon ofgods and a few goddesses important members of whichare Rudra, Varuna, Indra, Agni, etc. The mantras are supplemented by texts regarding thesacrificial rituals in which these mantras are used aswell as texts exploring the philosophical aspects of theritual tradition, narratives etc.
    9. 9. When was Vedas rediscovered?The Vedas were compiled around the time of Krishna (c.3500 B.C.), and even at that time were hardly understood. Hence they are very ancient and only in recent times hastheir spiritual import, like that of the other mysteryteachings of the ancient world, begun to be rediscoveredor appreciated even in India.The Vedic truths were orally inherited by the rishis totheir disciples over thousands of years. Finally , thesewere compiled by Sage Krishna Dwepayan Vyas,popularly known as Ved Vyas, for the benefit of futuregenerations.
    11. 11. Gayatri is Mother of Vedas From Gayatri Savitri From Savitri Saraswati From Sarswati Four Vedas Gayatri is therefore Mother of VedasSource: Gayatri Rahashyopanishad (Sadhana Khand)
    12. 12. Parts of Vedas Praise of GODS Origin of Music-Sabda Brahma Nad Brahma Vedas of Worship Various branches of Science, Ayurved, economics including Vedic Math
    13. 13. Original Script of Vedas
    14. 14. Param Pujya Gurudev translated and compiled in simple language all 4 Vedas. There are total 8 volumes displayed today comprised of: 4 Volumes of Rigved 1 Volume of Yajurved 1 Volume of Samved 2 Volumes of AtharvavedVedmurti Pt. ShriramSharma Acharya That is why Param Pujya Gurudev was titled as “Ved Murti”
    15. 15. Upanishads-Another branch of Vedas The Upanishads are a continuation of the Vedic philosophy, and were written between 800 and 400 B.C. They elaborate on how the soul (Atman) can be united with the ultimate truth (Brahman) through contemplation and mediation, as well as the doctrine of Karma-- the cumulative effects of a persons actions. The word Upanishad consists of three parts: Upa (near), Ni (down), and Shad (sit). sitting near a teacher and receiving the secret teachings.
    16. 16. Essence of Upanishad The Upanishads more clearly set forth the prime Vedic doctrines like Self-realization, yoga and meditation, karma and reincarnation, which were hidden or kept veiled under the symbols of the older mystery religion. The Upanishads became prevalent some centuries before the time of Krishna and Buddha Upanishad means Brahma-knowledge by which ignorance is loosened or destroyed.
    17. 17.  Param Pujya Gurudev has translated 108 Upanishads in simple language and compiled according to its nature in 3 parts as under:  BrahmavidhyaVedmurtiTapnistha Pt.  GyanShriram SharmaAcharya  Sadhana  He wrote additional Upanishad called “Pragyopanisad” well in advance before the reincarnation of god in the form of Pragyaavatar in 21st Century.
    18. 18. An Important Branch of Vedas PuranasThe Puranas are post-Vedic texts which typicallycontain a complete narrative of the history of theUniverse from creation to destruction, genealogies ofthe kings, heroes and demigods, and descriptions ofHindu cosmology and geography.There are 18 canonical Puranas, divided into threecategories, each named after a deity: Brahma, Vishnuand Shiva. There are also many other works termedPurana, known as Upapuranas.
    19. 19. 18 Puranas: Brahma Purana 10,000 Verses Padma Purana 55,000 Verses Vishnu Purana 23,000 Verses Shiva Purana 24,000 Verses Bhagavata Purana 18,000 Verses Narada Purana 25,000 Verses Markendya Purana 9,000 Verses Agni Purana 15,400 Verses Bhavishya Purana 14,500 Verses Brahmavaivarta Purana 18,000 Verses Linga Purana 11,000 Verses Varaha Purana 24,000 Verses Skanda Purana 81,100 Verses Vaman Purana 10,000 Verses Kurma Purana 17,000 Verses Matsya Purana 14,000 Verses Garuda Purana 19,000 Verses Brahmand Purana 12,000 Verses Total 18 Puranas 400,000 Verses
    20. 20. The Vishnu Puranaby H.H. Wilson [1840]A primary text of the Vaishnava branch of Hinduism, andone of the canonical Puranas of the Vishnu category.Among the portions of interest are a cycle of legends ofthe boyhood deeds of Krishna and Rama. H.H. Wilsonwas one of the first Europeans to translate a Hindusacred text from the original Sanskrit. His style andannotations are exceptional and very readable.The Garuda Puranatranslated by Ernest Wood and S.V. Subrahmanyam[1911]A Vishnu Purana with Dantesque descriptions of theafterlife, and details of Hindu funeral rites.
    21. 21. PURANAS  Param Pujya Gurudev translated above 18 puranas in simple language and also wrote additional purana called “Pragya Puran” from “Pragyopanishad” well in advance before the reincarnation of god in the form of Pragyaavatar in 21st Century.  Pragyapuran:  It describes today’s problems of world and the solutions to its in simple language with stories in the form of conversation of our Rishis (Sages). he wrote Pragyapuran in 18 parts (5 Parts Published). It covers from crisis of faithPt. Shriram Sharma (Aastha Sankat) in today’s world to change ofAcharya New Era and return of Satayug and how Divine Rishi Culture will revive in 21st Century. It talks about 10th incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the form of Pragya Avatar in 21st Century which will be in the form of “Pragya” (Highest Wisdom or Vivek).
    22. 22. DarshansHindu sages developed six different systems ofphilosophy, called Darshanas, at different periods of time. They are religious philosophical systems because theirfoundation is in the Vedas. All the six systems are writtenin aphorisms (sutras).The sutras, being very brief and terse, neededexplanatory notes, which were written later by otherscholars. For example, Shankaracharya, the famousscholar wrote explanatory commentaries on Vyasa’s work(known as Vedanta Darshan or Brahmasutra). These sixsystems of philosophy are:
    23. 23. 6 Darshans There are six Darshan Shastras called the six schools of philosophy. They are: (1) Poorva Mimansa by Sage Jaimini, (2) Nyay by Sage Gautam, (3) Vaisheshik by Sage Kanad, (4) Sankhya by Bhagwan Kapil, (5) Yog by Sage Patanjali, and (6) Uttar Mimansa (Brahm Sutra) by Bhagwan Ved Vyas. All the six Darshan Shastras are in sutra form.
    24. 24. 6 Darshans  Param Pujya Gurudev translated 6 Darshans in a very simple language so layman can understand Recently new version of  Mimansa Darshan  Vedanta Darshan  Nyaya and Vaisheshik Darshan  Sankhya Avam Yog DarshanVedmurti Pt. ShriramSharma Acharya have been published with commentaries in simple language .
    25. 25. The EpicsThe Mahabharata and Ramayana are the national epics ofIndia.The Mahabharata, attributed to the sage Vyasa, was writtendown from 540 to 300 B.C. The Mahabharata tells thelegends of the Bharatas, a Vedic Aryan group.The Ramayana, attributed to the poet Valmiki, was writtendown during the first century A.D., although it is based onoral traditions that go back six or seven centuries earlier.The Ramayana is a moving love story with moral andspiritual themes that has deep appeal in India to this day.In addition, a key Hindu sacred text, the Bhagavad Gita, isembedded in Book Six of the Mahabharata.
    27. 27. RAMAYANA
    28. 28. Old and New Scriptures First writing was found on stones, then on leaves but slowly paper was invented. In olden days the paper was made out of the pulp of wood-a very lengthy process. All the litrature was hand written by Rishis and Sages with the help of their disciples was called “HASTAPRAT”,the ink was made out of vegetables and fruit juice and pens were the stem of the trees like bamboo-or feather of birds like peacock, called “KALAM”or “KITTO”. Slowly the printers are invented and now we have computers to make our lives very easy.
    29. 29. Maharshi VedVyas-Writer of Epic Mahabharat and Gita
    30. 30. Gita Vishwa Kosh  Param Pujya Gurudev wrote the materials for “Gita Vishwa Kosh” in 18 volumes comprises of over 10,000 pages. Shradheye Dr. Pranav Pandya, head of All World Gayatri Pariwar, informed in his recent lecture that Shantikunj is trying to compile this huge gigantic work of Gurudev and it will take few years before it will get published. He mentioned that when itVedmurti Pt. Shriram will come out people will findSharma Acharya everything what they want to answer their any question.
    31. 31. Maharshi Valmiki Saint Tulsidas creating great wrote “Ramayana” all time epic in simple village “Ramayana” language
    32. 32. Problems associated with present cultureLack of faithSelfish attitudeDependency on Machines for each and everything.Stressful lifeStress induced Health problemsThere is a major threat of Global warming and we may face lotOf problems in near future.Vedic Culture will help us to lead a balanced life style, stressFree.Will help improve the day to day family and social problems byFollowing a disciplined life style, doing meditation and yogaWill keep us in good health.
    33. 33. So please, help up to inherit this rich civilization, culture andvalues by the coming generations as they have the burden to carry forward for the uplifting of the worlds’ mankind.This literature has power to change thinking.If thinking is changed, action will change and will have the positive reactions.
    34. 34. “HAM BADLENGE YUG BADLEGA.” We Change World will change We reform, World will reform. SHRI RAM SHARMA ACHARYA. OM SHANTI! SHANTI ! SHANTI !
    35. 35. Benefits of Vedic CultureVedic Culture teaches us about the value of moral in our lives.Following Vedic culture will help reduce chaos in the society.Everyone will think about the benefit of entire society not justabout themselves.Reading inspiring books change the way of thinking.Law of Karma will help us to be alert about our deeds.Revival of Rishi Culture or Vedic Culture is important to havea healthy society.
    36. 36. JAI HIND