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Vedas, soul of India

Vedas, soul of India

Author: Dina Nath Mishra
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: October 30, 2005

Colonial rulers knew how to enslave the Indians. They derided Indian civilisational treasure and its contribution to world. They planned it meticulously, invented a number of theories, wrote hundreds of biased and seemingly scholarly books and projected dozen of myths. They knew that the Indians took pride in their Vedic traditions.

Disdainfully, they described the Vedas as shepherd songs. Let us examine this description. For example take Vedic hymns number Rig 1.164.11, 2.27.11 and Yajur 18.40 alongwith their meaning and essence, "The sun moves neither right nor left, nor east nor west but around which this earth and its satellites keep continuously moving and this secret only the serious and intelligent alone can learn, let me live in the light without fear."

It talks about Solar System, with sun in the centre and movement of planets and their satellites held together by gravitational forces. "The twelve spoke wheel of twelve months revolves round the sun continuously. Seven hundred and twenty pairs of suns in the form of day and night also remain present where the number of days and nights are 360 each."

This shows that Rigvedic people knew fairly well about the movement of the earth on its own axis and also around the Sun due to which they were able to calculate time, seconds, minutes, hours, weeks, months and year. "The moon gets light from the ray of the sun named Susumna, indicating that the people knew that the moonlight was due to the reflected light of the sun. The Vedic period ended at least 5,000 years ago. The learned people of western civilisation were still grappling over the size and shape of the earth.

They were unaware of its gravitational force, whereas Vedic Scholars calculated the time of the rotation of earth, developed the calendar of twelve months in a year. Yet the Britishers had the temerity to call these Vedas containing thousands of hymns like these as "shepherd songs."

Albert Einstein indirectly mentioning Vedic Mathematics opined, "We owe a lot to Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made."

Noted Scientist and President of India, APJ Kalam, described the Veda as, "They are the oldest classics and the most precious treasures of India. The soul of Bharatiya sanskriti dwells in the Vedas. The entire world admits the importance of the Vedas."

See the travesty of the situation. The myths floated under colonial raj are flourishing even today. Presently, the cultural genocide riding on electronic waves of the mass media is rapidly uprooting cultural values of traditional India and handing over the younger generation the western value.

Rupport Murdoch, the biggest media tycoon, through numerous channels have acquired leadership of the media. Other foreign and Indian Channel and Media Houses are fiercely competing with him without contesting for Indian values.

We have only to look at about a dozen talent hunt contests on the TV to realise what is happening. An Indian Idol, Abhijit Sawant, has become the youngest celebrity with one crore-contract. For all the competing channels, appeasing the base instincts of human beings is a compulsion in order to be on the top of the TRP scale.

The community life is vanishing. A greeting card, or an occasional gift from the children are the best rewards for the parents. Alongwith individualism, licentious freedom is ruling the roost in the west and they call it the best. What is more disturbing is that they are thrusting it down our throats through various routes.

Globalisation is the latest slogan of the west. The ongoing cultural genocide is symptomatic of the same old crazy idea. Pope John Paul XVI during his visit to New Delhi few years back, gave a clarion call to evangelise Asia in the third millennium for we did it in Europe in the first millennium, Americas, Africa and Australia in the second millennium and now it is the Asia's turn in the third millennium. Already, there are many conflict areas existing on the map of the world and the west is adding fuel to the fire.

The greatest historian, Arnold Toynbee said, "Today we are still living in this transitional chapter of world's history but it is already becoming clear that the chapter, which had a western beginning, will have an Indian ending, if it is not to end in self destruction of the human race. At this supremely dangerous moment in human history, the only way of salvation for mankind is the Indian way - Emperor Ashoka's and Mahatma Gandhi's principle of non-violence and Sri Ramakrishna's testimony of religions."

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