What To Learn From The Vedas

Ancient India has produced many precious takeaways for the upcoming generations. From among them, the most important and sacred ones have been the Vedas. The Vedas have highlighted the major issues and concerns of life in a beautiful manner. The enlightenment provided by these holy books are incomparable and are a must for every Hindu.. You can say these Vedas are the “TRUE ESSENCE OF LIFE”.

what to learn from Vedas

There are four types of Vedas:-

The Rig Veda

what to learn from Vedas

This is the oldest among the Vedas. It is composed of 1,028 Vedic Sanskrit Hymns and 10,600 Verses. It is divided beautifully into 10 sets of books, known as Mandalas. History says that Rigveda was written between 1450-1350 BCE in the Punjab (Sapta Sindhu) region of the Indian subcontinent.

Why is it important for us to read?

Rigveda has mostly featured verses adoring the deities. Lord Agni (God of fire), Lord Indra (Ruler of the devtas), Lord Rudra, the two Ashvins and many more powerful Gods have been described. It also provides a detailed information on procedure of wedding, the folly of gambling and much more. It has also made an effort to describe the nature and certain animals. Understanding these important basics of Hinduism will for sure help us form a better us.

The Sama Veda

what to learn from Vedas

This is a book of very interesting collection of songs and hymns. Basically, the teachings and preaching’s from the Rigveda have been reformed and presented in a better and musical way. In other words you can say that “If Rig- Veda is the knowledge, then Samveda is its realization.” This book is basically a collection of hymns used by the priests during the Soma sacrifice. It consists of 1549 stanzas, taken entirely except 78, from the Rig-Veda.

Why is it important for us to read?

Samaveda consists of a selection of poetry mainly from the Rigveda, and some original matter. It has two parts, Purva-Archika (First Adoratona) and Uttar-Archika (Later Adoration), containing verses addressed to the three Gods Lord Agni, Indra and Soma (Energizing Herb). These verses needs to be addresses in a particular tune known as Samagana.

The Yajur Veda

what to learn from Vedas

It is also known as the book of rituals. The Yajur Veda practically serves as a guidebook for the priests who execute Hindu rituals. Everything starting from the implementation part to the mantras to be chanted and sung are described in this book. There are six parts of Yajur Veda – Madyandina, Kanva, Taittiriya, Kathaka, Maitrayani and Kapishthala.

There are two major recensions of this Veda known as the “Black” and “White” Yajur-Veda. The White Yajur-Veda contains only the verses and sayings necessary for the sacrificial rituals, whereas the Black Yajurveda, incorporates such explanations in the work itself, often immediately following the verses.

Why is it important for us to read?

Reading this book will instil within us the deeper understanding of the rituals followed in Hinduism. It will help us stay closer to God and provide him a perfect form of respect and worship.

The Atharva Veda

what to learn from Vedas

Atharva Veda means the Veda of the Wise and the Old  and was written down much later than the rest of the Vedas. It must have been around the time of 1000 B.C. It is completely different than the other four Vedas and is all about spells. The hymns portrayed in this book have more diversity in comparison to Rig Veda and are also simpler in language. Some scholars say that it should not be included in the Vedas category because of its writings. The Atharva Veda consists of spells and charms prevalent at its time, and portrays a clearer picture of the Vedic society.

Atharvaveda contains about 6 thousand verses forming 731 poems and a small portion in prose. About one seventh of the Atharvaveda text is common to the Rigveda.

Why is it important for us to read?

You can say that this is a perfect amalgamation of precious advises for our life. It has beautifully written poems and verses on how to cure diseases, certain herbs, political and philosophical issues, description of nature and mother earth, and much more.

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