What are Vedas?
Vedas – are the roots of the Hindu religion. Vedas possess the basis
from where Hindu scriptures originate. The term Veda literally means
“knowledge’’ (also science) about special fire-sacrifices called Yagnas
and other materialistic concepts which address day-to-day happy,
healthy living (e.g. using Vedic, Ayurvedic and Jyotish principles).
Vedas are ancient and the oldest sacred writings that were written in
Sanskrit and probably the first Veda came into existence even before
7000 BCE. These were constructed during the Indo Aryan Civilization.
Real authors of these books are unknown but it is thought that these
books originated from the hands of god itself.
The roots of all Vedas are hypothetically thought to originate from the
concept of "One Divine Being"- which forms the basis for modern day
thinking of ‘Sanatana Dharma’. Vedas include awareness, intelligence
and viveka, i.e. intellectual ability of discrimination- between that
which brings/not well-being to oneself and others, society at large.
Vedas are a collection of four books which teaches one what is pure,
truthful, i.e. Sattvic living and how to be away from impurity (a-
sattvic) and stagnation (tamas). It gives detailed outlook about each
and every aspect and stages in one's life.
There are four Vedas: