Hinduism - The Vedas
The Veda are the most sacred scriptures of Hinduism.
They constitute its most foundational work, which every Hindu tradition
and sect claims as its source. They also embody the most ancient ritual
and spiritual traditions of the world. Hidden within them are a number of
secrets which are yet to be fully deciphered and understood. The Vedas are
not manmade. They are revelatory scriptures, which exist eternally in the
highest world of Brahman. They are considered an aspect of Brahman only.
The Vedas are exhaustive scriptures that have not been modified or edited
since they were revealed and chanted thousands of years ago. Their sanctity
and purity have been ensured by many a lineage of Brahmana families and
teacher traditions. According to Hindu beliefs, the Vedas suggest a ritual
model used by God to create the worlds and beings. Since the Vedas are necessary
to continue and preserve the order and regularity of the worlds, in the
beginning of creation, He reveals them to gods and humans for the welfare
of the worlds. At the end of creation, He withdraws them again. Some people
say that all human knowledge, known and yet to be known, is hidden in the
Vedas in symbolic form, including all scientific discoveries and inventions.
It is true that the Vedas are not mere books of magical chants. They are
loaded with spiritual knowledge, which reveals itself to the degree we are
spiritually advanced. Since the Vedas carry a great significance in our
study and understanding of Hinduism, we have assembled in this section comprehensive
information about the Vedas, Vedic beliefs, practices, gods and goddesses,
history and philosophy. To understand the significance of the Vedas you
may go through the translations of the four Vedas, or read the hundreds
of articles on the subject which are available through the links in this
is the oldest and most important of the Vedas and richly
contributed to other Vedas. Its hymns are called Riks.
The Rigveda is also an important source of Vedic history
and contains many important hymns, such as the Purusha
Sukta, and Creation Hymns. This is a complete English
translation of the Rigveda.
Samaveda is the second most important Veda in the Vedic
triad and carries a great significance in ritual singing
because of their musical and lyrical quality. Its hymns
are known as Samans, sung by the Udgatris in specific
meters. This is a complete translation of the Samaveda
Yajur Veda Black, White
is called the book of forumulas. We have two separate
English translations of the Yajurveda. Both are useful
for academic study. One is the translation of the
White (Sukla) Yajurveda presented in two parts covering
40 books, and the other
the Black (Krishna) Yajurveda covering seven khandas.
Atharvaveda is the most recent of the Veda qauartet.
For a long time it was not even considered a Veda. It
contains moslty magical rituals to cast charms, spells,
seek protection against death and disease, attract lovers,
or to cause or prevent harm. This is a complete English
translation of the Atharvaveda.
are difficult to understand since they contain a lot
of symbolism and archaic expressions. These essays may
help you increase your knowledge of the Vedas, Vedic
philosophy, beliefs and practices, Vedic rituals and
sacrifices, mantras, Vedic gods and goddesses, symbolism,and
related subjects .
Upanishads are the end part of the Vedas. They contain
gems of spiritual wisdom and constitue the heart of
Hindu philosophical enquiry and exploration of existential
truths. You will find here original translations of
all the major and minor Upanishads and essays.
is the lord of the body, Brahman is the Lord of the
universe. He is the eternal, indestructible, all pervading,
Supreme Self, and synonymous with the Vedas themselves.
The Vedans contain the hidden power of Brahman in sound
form as the indestructible knowledge (akshara). We have
included here the most comprehensive information on
means the breathing one, the individual soul. According
to Vedic beliefs it is without form and without attributes,
and usually referred as the Self. Atman is the deity
in your body extolled in classical yoga as Isvara, the
Lord. We have included here a list of informative and
transformative essays on the meaning and significance
of Atman in human life.
means the end of the Vedas, which is a reference to
the Upanishads and the knowledge they contain. Vedanta
deals with such existential truths as the source of
existence, the nature and process of creation, the nature
of reality, mortality, delusion, bondage, and liberation
of souls from Samsara. We have included here essays
on Vedanta and different schools of interpretation.
means song of God or song for the servants of God. It
is the simplified, condensed and summarized version
of the Vedas themselves presented in a conversational
or dialogue form for easy understanding and practice.
This secion leads to a comprehensive selection of translations
and writings on the principles, practice, and essential
philosophy of the Bhagavadgita.
people know that in the Vedic cosmology all beings have
limitations so that no class of beings become supremely
powerful and upset the balance of creation. Gods depends
upon humans for food and humans depend upon gods for
their peace and prosperity. From this essay, you will
know the full breadth and depth of Vedic pantheon and
the significance of various Vedic deities. Untitled
Vedic people kept their knowledge secret and maintained
no historical records. The tradition continued in India
for over 4000 years. As a result, it is difficult to
construct Indian history and understand the historical
processes that shaped Hinduism and how and why Vedic
religion lost its significance. These essays provide
a limited, but clear perspective on the histoyr of Hinduism.
popular Hindu rituals are known as Yajnas, Homas, Vratas,
Puja, Nitya Karmas, Archanas, and Arathi. Hindu ritual
model is also the basis for many beliefs and concepts
of Hinduism such as creation, karma yoga, procreation,
rebirth, birth and death, etc. The following is a list
of important essays available at Hinduwebsite.com about
the ritual tradition of Hinduism.
Vedanta school which is as ancient as the Upanishads,
speaks about the nature of existence, and the truths
concerning Brahman, Atman and their relationship and
roles in the manifested worlds. There are many sub schools
of Vedanta, of which three are most well known, the
school of non-dualism (advaita), dualism (dvaita), and
qualified dualism (vishstadvaita). The essays
cover some of these aspects in considerable detail.
Code of Conduct
the distinguishing features of Vedic civilization was
the smriti literature, especially the body of knowledge
contained in the law books or books of duties, known
as Dharmashastras. You will find here translations of
many law books and a comparative analysis of the knowledge
in them. .
have included here a selected list of books for purchase
on the Vedas, Vedic philosophy, Vedic mathematics, Vedic
Astrology, Rituals, Mantras, literature, the teachings
of the Vedas, Ayurveda, derivative knowledge, and ancillary
subjects. You may also check this link to our own books
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