vedas and its importance

The Vedas deal mainly with the subject of the three modes of material nature. One should, become transcendental to these three modes. Be free from all dualities and from all anxieties for gain and safety, and be established in the self.

  • All material activities involve actions and reactions in the three modes of material nature.

  • They are meant for fruitive results, which cause bondage in the material world.

  • The Vedas deal mostly with fruitive activities to gradually elevate the general public from the field of sense gratification to a position on the transcendental plane.

  • Arjuna, as a student and friend of Lord Krishna, is advised to raise himself to the transcendental position of Vedanta philosophy where, in the beginning, there is brahma-jijiasa, or questions on the supreme transcendence.

  • All the living entities who are in the material world are struggling very hard for existence.

  • For them the Lord, after creation of the material world, gave the Vedic wisdom advising how to live and get rid of the material entanglement.

  • When the activities for sense gratification, namely the karma-kanda chapter, are finished, then the chance for spiritual realization is offered in the form of the Upanisads, which are part of different Vedas, as the Bhagavad-Gita is a part of the fifth Veda, namely the Mahabharata.

  • The Upanisads mark the beginning of transcendental life.

  • As long as the material body exists, there are actions and reactions in the material modes.

  • One has to learn tolerance in the face of dualities such as happiness and distress, or cold and warmth, and by tolerating such dualities become free from anxieties regarding gain and loss.

  • This transcendental position is achieved in full Krishna consciousness when one is fully dependent on the good will of Krishna.

All purposes served by a small well can at once be served by a great reservoir of water. Similarly, all the purposes of the Vedas can be served to one who knows the purpose behind them.

The rituals and sacrifices mentioned in the karma-Kanda division of the Vedic literature are meant to encourage gradual development of self-realization.

The purpose of self-realization

The purpose of studying the Vedas is to know Lord Krishna, the primeval cause of everything.

  • Self-realization means understanding Krishna and one’s eternal relationship with Him.

  • The living entities are parts and parcels of Krishna; therefore, revival of Krishna consciousness by the individual living entity is the highest perfectional stage of Vedic knowledge.

  • So one must be intelligent enough to understand the purpose of the Vedas, without being attached to the rituals only, and must not desire to be elevated to the heavenly kingdoms for a better quality of sense gratification.

  • It is not possible for the common man in this age to follow all the rules and regulations of the Vedic rituals, nor is it possible to study all of the Vedanta and the Upanisads thoroughly. It requires much time, energy, knowledge and resources to execute the purposes of the Vedas. This is hardly possible in this age.

  • When your mind is no longer disturbed by the flowery language of the Vedas, and when it remains fixed in the trance of self-realization, then you will have attained the divine consciousness.

  • The highest perfection of self-realization is to understand that one is eternally the servitor of Krishna and that one’s only business is to discharge one’s duties in Krishna consciousness.

  • A Krishna conscious person, or unflinching devotee of the Lord, should not be disturbed by the flowery language of the Vedas nor be engaged in fruitive activities for promotion to the heavenly kingdom.

  • In Krishna consciousness, one comes directly into communion with Krishna, and thus all directions from Krishna may be understood in that transcendental state. One is sure to achieve results by such activities and attain conclusive knowledge. One has only to carry out the orders of Krishna or His representative, the spiritual master.

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