I am serious. I may sound a bit rude, but Bhagvad Geeta is enough for anyone. The language of Vedas is very difficult and confusing. It is full of apparent contradictions (apparent as it is just a matter of misinterpretation). Similarly there are many similar sounding words which have different meaning in different context. Many western scholars have tried to interpret the Vedas and have played with Vedic philosophy. Thus it is also very difficult to find the proper translation.
The book is a hindi translation of the Rig Veda Samhitaa - the most ancient. Language: Hindi. Title: The Rig Veda Samhitaa - Volume 4 (Mandala 9 & 10).
It is better not to disturb them by our unqualified mind. Reading vedas without a perfect spiritual master is like suiciding. It will hamper your search for Absolute Truth. Try to understand that we are not qualified enough to read them. For starting Veda Adhyayan (study of Vedas) people have to be trained since birth. They have to be perfect in Sanskrit and Nyaya sashtra (study of logics).
For kaliyuga best is to read Bhagvad Geeta, which is essence of all the vedic knowledge, given by Param Brahman (Absolute Truth) Lord Krishna himself. Bhagvad Geeta is not a one time read and I recommend it for those people too who have already read it.
Great personalities have recommended to read Geeta everyday and to bathe us in its eternal knowledge. From Sri Adi Shankaracharya to even Albert Einstein, the greatest physicist, everyone have admired Geeta with their full heart. I would recommend you to read Bhagvad Geeta As It Is by A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada as it contains word-to-word translation, english tranlation and long purports of all the verses explaining the knowledge of Gita from different vedic scriptures. I hope this helps. Once you have read Bhagavad Gita, it is enough to have a complete understanding of all the knowledge that is contained in the vedas and upanishads.
What is to be done next is to practice it. Practice diligent performance of duty towards your own family, society, environment in a day to day life without seeking favorable results (karma yoga) Try to understand the nature of your individual identity by introspection into each of those emotions guiding you to do or abstain from actions i.e, karma. (dhyana yoga) Try to understand the nature of universal consciousness which is holding everything ( dharma) together as a whole. Be devoted to that universal consciousness. (bhakti yoga) Take help of any one aspect of beautiful nature to rise the individual consciousness above the apparent contradictions between the individual and universal consciousness.
(worship of a personal god) During the process, if needed, you can take the help of which has all the essence of vedas in terms of their poetic value, aesthetic value as well as knowledge value of dharma and karma. If any further need arises, you can study mahAbhArata of sage veda vyasa himself known as the fifth veda. Finally, the essence of complete veda is also available in Srimad bAgavatam in form that suits the seekers on the path of devotion i.e., bhakti. The Adi kAvya rAmAyaNa, the fifth vEda mahAbharata and the highest purANa i.e, the historical narration Srimad Bhagavatam are the three scriptures suitable for the study by everyone and they contain all the knowledge of vedas and upanishads that is more palatable to all. All the best!!
Thanks for asking me to answer this question. I was in same situation in 1991. I bought all four vedas from the market when I received my first salary. It is very difficult to understand the Vedas directly. For example, परमात्मा ने अपने अनंत ज्ञान से ब्रह्मा के कानों में वेदों को फूंका और ब्रह्मा जी लिखते गए । It means God blown the Vedas into the ears of Brahma ji by his infinite knowledge and Brahma ji was writing it As per Satyarth Prakash, you can pronounce every word without the use of your tongue and you can also hear it. ( You can try it ) As per my experience I can classified hindu philosophy as follows. Mind and its control.
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This book is equivalent to class 10 standard. ( written by Swami Budhanand). Satyarth Prakash. This book is equivalent to class 12 standard. ( Written by Swami Dayanand Saraswati ). Patanjal Yog Darshan.
This book is equivalent to Bachelor degree standard. ( Written by Rishi Patanjal. Bhagavad-Gita. This book is equivalent to Master degree standard. ( Written by Mahirshi Vyasa ).
Vedas. These are equivalent to research ( PhD) standard.
( Written by Adi Guru Brahma ) Believe me, it would be worthy if you read above books simultaneously.Vedas are not available in the market as it was earlier but it doesn't matter, if you are reading above books simultaneously. Thanks for reading. Just like you when I was curious to know about Ved and started searching for same.
Here is what I have to share and will keep it to the context of inquisition only. Searched for the authority on Veda as there are many compilations and books as well as many who says to be the authority.
I found someone whose life was about Vedas only and his name is Swami Dayanand Saraswati (founder of arya samaj), it is worth to know Vedas from his words as his whole life was dedicated to Vedas. It is really difficult for a naive to understand Sanskrit and also the cryptic mantra and texts on his own. Swami Dayanand Saraswati has also written Volumes on Veda and many books among them the Satyarth Prakash is very popular (Please read it at your own risk, you may belong to one of the cult or organization or sect or a belief system or a religion which he has exposed in the book, and this is the book you can start with also). There is also a website (other than arya samaj) where you can get the volumes in English. I got to know from his book that there are many misconceptions about Veda among common people and also there has been adulteration to those texts which were identifiable because of the context at the place and the way Vedic Sanskrit is written.
I get to know that there was a time when vedas were three not four, and after that it got to be four (Atharva Ved was written later and many myterious sub branches belong to Atharva Veda). I found how different deva in Rig Veda are actually different aspect of one. I found the what ' Som' and 'Somrasa' in Rig Veda mean in different contexts. I found really good compilations of SaamVed which I fell in love with. I found and felt those sanskrit sukta touching the heart and I can just imagine the level and state of the Vedic Rishis through whom the God spoke.
It is not like 'purane zamane ki baat'. It is like when you touch them they will touch your heart and not only heart, it can change the perception and the way you look at everything existing around you, within you and you. Hope this may help you in the tiniest possible way to explore Vedas. ' Spare some minutes to this answer.
It will help you to change your misconceptions' If you want to 'read' the Vedas, you can take any Vedas and 'read'. I do not understand which kind of 'reading' are you meaning. Anyway, the best Veda and the most exhaustive Veda is Rig Veda with full of great poems. It is the most authoritative and ancient of the Vedas. All other Vedas derive many of their philosophy and mantras from Rig Veda, for example, Sama Veda has only 75 mantras (apprx) of its own, rest are all Rig Vedic. Yajur Veda is whole, an attempt to show how Rig Veda was used by ritualists, and the Veda silently mocks them in each instance, symbolising the rituals and presenting them as 'Cosmic sacrifices' done by God to create us, and we are not worthy of performing such 'rituals'. Atharva Veda borrows almost 1/6 th from Rig Veda, and much of its philosophy.
So, Rig Veda is the best Veda to start with, simply Rig Veda alone is enough to know about general Vedic philosophy. To understand them, however, watching Ramayana or Puranas or learning Yoga will do little or NO good. Instead, you have to be well versed in Sanskrit etymology, in Indo European poetry, in later Sanskrit works like Nirukta, in general history and comparative Indo European culture, and most important, the Indo European language.
You should also be able to understand poetry, and correlate the different metaphors and imageries within the Vedas, and you should have a spiritual inclination more than inclination towards myths and beliefs. You should be able to renounce anything and every misconceptions. Look Vedas unbiased, and you shall find the light in it. Instead, if you follow the easier path of presuming something and then hunting Vedas for quotes in your support, you might think yourself successful, but another person will quote something opposite to yours from the same vedas to prove a different concept.
Never impose any thought, may that be Puranic, ritualistic, or pseudo historic into the Vedas. Try to derive from them.
Can you tell how Shakespeare could have meant in his poem by reading my poem? No, and this logic applies in Vedas too.
To understand the first born Vedas, you have to renounce the self contradicting myths of later schools like Puranic, Brahmanical, Sayana school, pseudo Vedic philosophies like dvaita, advaita. None of these can explain Vedas without contradictions. And it is their fault, not the fault of Rig Veda or other Vedas.
The Vedas were all one when Ved Vyas split them for mankind to make it easier. The Rg Veda consists of all Mantras learning them without a guru is of no use.
Yajur Veda consists of methods to perform rituals and Yagnas and the Sama Veda is a Song Book consisting of Rg mantras and some Sama mantras sung differently. Atharva Veda consists of all the 3 none of which can be learnt without a Guru. Vedic studies is divided into two parts Purva and Uttara. Purva consists of Karma mantra on how to perform actions and the Uttara also called as Upanishads as Vedanta consista of the teachings/knowledge in the Vedas.
Learning Vedas is a 18 branch skill (Vidya Sthanam) consisting of the 4 Vedas, 6 Vedangas (Shiksha, Vyakarana, Nirukta, Chandas, Kalpa and Jyotisha) and 8 Upanga (Purana, Dharma Shastra, Mimamsa, Nyaya, Ayur Veda, Dhanur Veda, Arthashastra, Gandharva Veda) Knowledge of the Vedas is not complete without study of all of these branches it will give misguided interpretation. Ayurveda,its quite helpful in the modern world. Truly Vedas,aren't in pure form,but idiotic translations of many,who think they completely understood the Vedas and translate them. Vedas are something like a science book, every time you read it,you understand something new,But when you read something completely biased with their opinion,you will see only one perspective. So first learn Sanskrit.I believe there are no original texts of Vedas available.Therefore get a Priest(Brahman commonly know) who completely learned the verses,Don't ask him to explain the meaning but to say the verses,though it will take quite the ego of his to do that,pursue the matter.Then write them as it is,Go home and the pattern you want to read is completely your choice,every Veda makes a great deal of sense. If ya want to create more interest in these,start with Atharva Veda and end with sama veda.The Rig and YajurVeda are all about god rituals.etc.
Dear friend, I would recommend you to go for Vivekchuramani, the famous poem of Adi Shankracharya. Its simple and direct explanations do not leave any space for ignorance. But do not pick this one up without the proper guidance of Guru. You can also attend a course by Ji this month.
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Respected Sir, I honestly feel proud that your Organisation is working towards Collecting the religious books and maintaining a Treasure of Gyaan I request you to please if possible arrange for Ayurveda – Health related knowledge. Becoz most of the disease disappears taking household items – e.g. Adrak, Lasun, Limbu, Sirka, Makhi, etc But each time we go to a doctor for Medicine it takes 2 – 3 days to completely kill the disease but that disease is not killed from Roots only we get relief for some time maybe few days, Once again we fall ill. Please work towards collection of Full Ayurveda details Today, America has patents on many indian Ayurvedic herbs – Neem, various indian herbs in Powdered form are filled into Capsules and sold to us.
That means we are eating our own Swadeshi items but paying hefty amounts to Foreign companies. Hope u understood my Intention. Thanks & Regards, Hitesh.