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Vedic literatures what are they

  1. 1. VedicLiteratures
  2. 2. Based on the teachings of His Divine GraceA.C. BhaktivedantaSwami Prabhupada Founder Acharya – International Society for Krishna Consciousness
  3. 3. We inhabit aHUGE UNIVERSE
  4. 4. We are here This hugetemple complex is represented as a dot onBangalore map. BangalorePopulation: over 6 million. One of the fastest growing cities
  5. 5. However, Bangaloreitself is a dot in map of Karnataka
  6. 6. andKarnataka is one of themany states in India
  7. 7. India with population of One Billion is...
  8. 8. ... one of the many countries on the planet Earth.
  9. 9. Earth weighing 6x1021 Kg.,is one of the many planets in our solar system.
  10. 10. Sun, around which all the planets are orbiting is 14,00,000 times bigger than Earth.
  11. 11. Astrophysicists point outThere are 2000 billion stars like sun eachhaving its own family of planets
  12. 12. According to science......all these billions ofgalaxies and trillionsof stars comprise our UNIVERSE
  13. 13. How do we understand GOD who is ...• Creator & maintainer of many such universes.• Beyond this gigantic manifestation.
  14. 14. All methods of acquiring knowledgecan be broadly classified into two categories
  15. 15. Inductive (Ascending) Trying to find thetruth by one’s own endeavor or speculation
  16. 16. Deductive (Descending) To learn the truth by accepting an authority &inquiring from him
  17. 17. How can an ant living in onecorner of this classroom know about...
  18. 18. What are the latestdevelopments in Iraq?
  19. 19. The wars in the other side of the globe?
  20. 20. Who isPresident of United States of America ?
  21. 21. Arafat & ethnicconflicts in Palestine and Lebanon
  22. 22. Logically speaking ant can never know through its own efforts throughASCENDING PROCESS of acquiring knowledge
  23. 23. Ground Reality... Its tooooo... small & haslimited sense perception
  24. 24. Then how can we go aboutunderstanding GOD who is creator of infinite gigantic UNIVERSES?
  25. 25. We have no choice... ...but to accept thedescending method ofacquiring knowledge
  26. 26. Accept an authority & learn thetruth by inquiring submissively.
  27. 27. Lord Krishna inBhagavad-Gita mentionsthe process of acquiring knowledge.
  28. 28. tad viddhi praëipätena paripraçnena sevayä
  29. 29. Just try to learn the truth byapproaching a Spiritual Master and inquire submissively
  30. 30. Who is thatauthority?
  32. 32. But aren’t the Vedas written by man !!!
  33. 33. NO The Vedas are apaurusah– they are not man-made
  34. 34. tene bramha hriday adi kavaye
  35. 35. The Vedic knowledge was revealedby the Supreme Person, in the heart of the first created being, Brahma.
  36. 36. This Vedicwisdom came down in disciplic successionthrough aural reception
  37. 37. The Vedas are also calledas SHRUTIS or knowledge received through aural reception.
  38. 38. Srimad Bhagavatam predicts about people in Kali-yuga• mandäù — lazy;• sumanda-matayaù — misguided;• manda-bhägyäù — unlucky;• hi upadrutäù — and above all disturbed
  39. 39. Today, we depend on moderngadgets to even remember details of our near & dear ones
  40. 40. Therefore...
  41. 41. Vyäsadeva, aliterary incarnation of God, recorded all the Vedas in writing 5,000years back for the benefit of people in Kali Yuga
  42. 42. What the worldrenowned personalities say about the Vedic literatures ?
  43. 43. “When I read the Bhagavad-Gita,the only question left is how God created the universe. Everything else seems to be superfluous.” Albert Einstein Physicist
  44. 44. “The balance of mind which few highly- civilized individuals, such as Arjuna, the hero of Bhagavad- gita, can maintain in T. S. Eliot action, is difficult forAmerican-English Poet most of us even as observers.”
  45. 45. “The deeper you dive into it, richer the meaning you get...with every age, the important words will carry new and expanding Mahatma meanings. But its GandhiIndia’s Father of central teachings will Nation not vary.”
  46. 46. “Let the Gita be to you a mine of diamonds as it has been to me. Let it be your constant guide and friend on life’s Mahatma way. Let it light your Gandhi path and dignify yourIndia’s Father of Nation labour.”
  47. 47. “It gives utterance to the aspirations of the pilgrims of all sects who seek to tread the inner way to the city of God.”Dr. S. Radhakrishnan former President of India
  48. 48. “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial.” Henry David Thoreau
  49. 49. The Vedas offer insight into• Who am I ?• Where have I come from ?• Where do I go after death ?
  50. 50. • What is the purpose of my existence ?• Who is God ?• How am I related to God ?
  51. 51. Since, these questions deal with very fundamentalaspects of our existence, we can immensely benefit by daily studying these vedicliteratures & sharpening our Spiritual Intelligence ‘SQ’.