[INDOLOGY] What's VEDA ?
mailmealakendudas at rediffmail.com
Mon Jul 29 16:30:57 UTC 2013
A few days ago,I was keenly watching the ongoing discussion on the chronology of Vedic period. Howver, if I intend to go a bit deeper into the issue and concentrate on the implication of the word-VEDA,I find it to be an interesting study.
While studying Upanishads,as a part of my Indological studies, I came across a Karika,(Elaboration) on the various meanings attached to the word Veda, apart from the one commonly known i.e.to know.
It goes something like this-
Betti Bed Bid Gyane,Binte Bid Bicharane,
Bidyate Bid Satyam Labhe, Bindati,Bindate
Veda is that:-
By which the ultimate truth is known
Where the veracity of ultimate Truth has been judged
Where the ultimate thruth shows it's presence
Where the ultimate truth resides.
Thus it is evident that the word Veda carries many more connotations tha we usually know.Perhaps this leaves a subtle hint to the wide canvas of ancient Hindu Philosophy, where a certain concept may be expressed in as many ways as one likes to. Perhaps this is what Sri Ramkrishna,the Spiritual Guru to Swami Vivekananda,refered to when he said- As many ideas, as many ways .
I will be grateful on further elaboration on this subject.
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