Introduction to Vedic Knowledge

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The tales tell humans did not compose the revered compositions of the Vedas, but that God taught the Vedic hymns to the sages, who then handed them down through generations by word of mouth. Some school of thoughts even assert that the Vedas as of eternal creation, mainly in the Mimasa tradition. There are four Vedas: The Rig Veda serves as the principal one and all three but the Arthaveda agree with one another in form, language and content.

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Rig veda, one of the oldest texts of the Indo-Aryan Civilization still extant, is an ancient Indian collection of Vedic hymns. A collection of 1, hymns and 10, verses in all, organized into ten different Mandalas or the books; Sanskrit , it is the principal and oldest of the four Vedas. The initial written Rig Veda dates back to 1st millennium BCE although the extant ones today date back only to somewhere in between 11th and 14th century; primarily due to the ephemeral nature of the manuscript materials which were either palm leaves or birch barks.

Vedas, before the initial codification of which took place were generationally handed over by the rich oral literary tradition, which was then a precise and elaborate technique. The earliest texts of the Rig Veda were composed in the greater Punjab Northwest India and Pakistan , and the more philosophical later texts were most likely composed in or around the region of Haryana Modern-day State of India. The hymns and the verses were written by the Rishis or the Sages and as the ardent believers of the Hindu dharma claim the revered Lord himself taught the Vedic hymns to the sages, who then handed them down through generations by word of mouth.

The Mandalas of the Rigveda which are ten in number and were composed by poets from different priestly groups over a period of several centuries is structured based on clear principles — the Veda begins with a small book addressed to Agni, Indra, and other gods, singing the praises of the Lord. The words of Rig Veda put to music, and are to be sung rather than to just be read or recited. A liturgical text, relating to public worship, all but 75 verses of the total is derived from the Rig Veda.

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The ancient core Hindu scripture, of which only three recensions, the early edited versions have survived, the research scholars point out its existing compilations to have been originated in the post Rig-Vedic period, dating approximately around or BCE, also the period being contemporary to Atharvaveda as well as Yajur Veda. It is the Sama Veda, that has served as the principal roots of the classical Indian music and dance tradition, and proudly the tradition boasts itself as the oldest in the world.

The Four Vedas – An Introduction, Origin and Brief Description

The verses of Sama Veda, as the tradition had followed, is sung using specifically indicated melodies called Samagana by Udgatar priests at rituals dedicated to different diets. The purpose of Samaveda clearly is liturgical. The Chandayoga Upanishad speculates about the origin of the universe and about space and time.

Three proficient men in their Udgithas or chanting put forward some logical speculations even the modern science could not outrightly reject.

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The Kena Upanishad tells us about how every man born has an innate longing for spiritual knowledge and that bliss comes only from spiritual attainment. Such has been the influence of Sama-veda on the Indian classical music and dance. So much so that the very essence of classical Indian music and dance tradition is rooted in the sonic and musical dimensions of the Sama-veda itself. The Samaveda, in addition to singing and chanting, mentions instruments and also the specific rules and regulations of playing them, so as to preserves the sanctity of those ancient instruments.

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Of the ancient Vedic text, it is a compilation of ritual offering formulas or the prose mantras to be chanted or muttered repeatedly by a priest while an individual performs the ascertained ritual actions before the sacrificial fire or the Yagna. It has been, since the Vedic times, the primary source of information about sacrifices and associated rituals, more importantly, it has served as a practical guidebook for the priest, or the Purohits, as referred to as in Hindu dharma who execute the acts of ceremonial religion.

The scholarly consensus points out the bulk of Yajur Veda dating to or BCE, which when analyzed is younger than Rig Veda, whose origin has been approximated around BCE, but is contemporaneous to the hymns of Sama deva and Arthava Veda. However, very much like the other Vedic texts, no definite date can be ascribed to its composition, rather they are believed to be of generational descend from Vedic periods by literary oral tradition, which was then a precise and elaborate technique.

Also due to the ephemeral nature of the manuscript materials; the birch barks or palm leaves, no certain time period in the history can be ascertained to the origin of Yajurveda. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

This publication originates from the need to present in a simple, clear, objective and exhaustive way, the basic information about the original Vedic knowledge, that in the course of the centuries has often been confused by colonialist propaganda, through the writings of indologists belonging to the euro-centric Christian academic system that were bent on refuting and demolishing the vedic scriptures rather than presenting them in a positive way and through the cultural superimposition suffered by sincere students who only had access to very indirect material, already carefully chosen and filtered by professors or commentators that were afflicted by negative prejudice.

The first "foreign" scholars to approach Vedic knowledge were probably the Greek philosophers, who even before the advent of Alexander the Great went to study in the famous universities of Nalanda and Takshila, that were nearest to the western boundaries of India. Indians, too, traveled often, and there is evidence of the presence of brahmanas and Buddhist monks in Greece, especially in Athens, even before Socrates.

Eusebius and Aristoxenes speak about them, and there is also a fragment of Aristotle's preserved in the writings of Diogenes Laertius, specifically in his Biography of Pythagoras. The first volume of the series reports the testimony of western intellectuals from the ancient times up to the present day, and also analyzes the historical and social events that caused the distortion of vedic culture and the ideological superimposition that we can see in present India.

Also, we discuss about the role of women in ancient India and the required qualifications to engage in the study of the scriptures.

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