Imparting of Vedic Knowledge in ancient Times - A Scene from the Bhagavata

Vedas are the most ancient scriptures ever known to mankind. The term Veda comes from the dhatu (root) 'Vid', which means ‘to know’. Unarguably Vedas are a tremendous source of knowledge and wisdom. These are well regarded as direct intuitional revelations; of the eternal truths those got revealed by themselves to the great ancient Rishis and are held to be entirely superhuman, without any author in particular.

Our tradition believes that the Vedas are the breath of God Himself!. With that belief, our Rishis exercised enormous care to preserve the Vedas in its original form without any scope for errors. Especially in the absence of writing, and through only an oral transmission from teacher-to-disciple, for thousands of years, this is an accomplishment of unimaginable proportion!. Considering the vast magnitude of mantras contained in the vedas, such preservation, with built-in safeguards, is mind-boggling!.

Well known scholar Wayne Howard has noted in the preface of his book, “Vedic Recitation in Varanasi”,

‘ The four Vedas (Rg, Yajur, Sama and Atharva) are not books in the usual sense, though within the past hundred years each veda has appeared in several printed editions. They are comprised rather of tonally accented verses and hypnotic, abstruse melodies whose proper realizations demand oral instead of visual transmission. They are robbed of their essence when transferred to paper, for without the human element the innumerable nuances and fine intonations – inseparable and necessary components of all four compilations - are lost completely. The ultimate authority in Vedic matters is never the printed page but rather the few members … who are today keeping the centuries-old traditions alive.’

Vedopasana Samithi® is committed to preserve this oral tradition by establishing a Vedashala and propogate the Guru Shishya Parampara. Vedashala will attract deserving students and will rigorously impart education in ‘Samhitha’, ‘Pada Krama’ 'Jata' and ‘Ghanantha’.

It is unfortunate that there is very little subscription to this education these days and it is an important duty of all of us to ensure that this education is encouraged and adequate support is given to promote and propagate it. You are wholeheartedly invited to this project and Vedashala and your help will be greatly appreciated.

Goddess Saraswati


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