श्री गणेश मंदिर - शिक्षा वाणी :: Vol - 22
Sri Ganesh mandir - Serene Sunday Reflections
29th September 2019 : Vedas
KEYWORDS:: Vedas, Apaurusheya, Sruti, Smriti, Vedism, Hinduism, Rites, Sacrifies, Panchabhoothas
After Upanishads, now we shall reflect on Vedas.
Vid means to know. Veda means knowledge, Vedas are the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. Veda is apauruṣeya (impersonal, authorless). Vedas are called Maṛai or Vaymoli in parts of South India, particularly in Tamil. Marai literally means hidden (a secret, mystery). The Vedas are a large body of knowledge / spiritual texts (not religious) composed in Vedic Sanskrit. The Vedas are the oldest written text on our planet. They date back to the beginning of Indian civilization and are the earliest literary records of the whole Aryan race. They are supposed to have been passed through oral tradition (Sruti) for over 100,000 years. Other Hindu texts usually attributed to an author though might have been written by many and are called Smriti (that which is remembered).