Vedas very clearly define god as changeless, formless, everperfect and. The vedic literature explain that god, krishna, is a person. Devotional india is the resource for downloading vedas, upanishads and hindu scriptures. The vedas are the most ancient books in the world, and they are the foundation of hinduism. Henotheism was the term used by scholars such as max muller to describe the theology of vedic religion. Great first half of the book where he travels the world but second half of the book gets too slow, becomes a bit too exalted and starts to proselytize. The kathopanishad has it that god is the root of this tree of world existence. God is the universal consciousness, the ocean of bliss which can only be experienced. Will we never know the true meaning of god is formless, as well as with form written in the vedas in this life.
While it might surprise people how a book can have no beginning or end, the ancient rishis who wrote these accepted that the complete knowledge of the universe could never fit in any book, so there would always be new things to discover. No wise, goddesiring man in the world considers the four vedas rigved, yajurved, samved and atharvaved to be wrong. Many of these sects are still active today, but, with the. The vedas teach the worship of one god who is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent lord of the universe. Jun 25, 2010 in the vedas the universal god brahman is formless, ineffable nirguna and unmoved mover. The formless and ineffable supreme reality as described in vedas. Many vaisnavas have been enthused confused by these vedic findings, confirming jesus as a messenger of god krsna and a pure devotee. There are writings in many places in the vedas that almighty god is not formless.
The concept of god in hinduism varies in its diverse traditions. In vedas it is mentioned that there is only one god who is. Emotional or loving devotion bhakti to a primary god such as avatars of vishnu krishna for example. Devas, the expansions of brahmangod into various forms, each with a. It was a female sage who first found the unity of god, and laid down this doctrine in one of the first hy mns of the vedas. The vedic conception of god put in a nutshell is expressed clearly in the following wellknown verse of the yajur veda 408. God is formless, timeless, and spaceless existence. The vedas are hindu scriptures that contain revelations received by ancient saints and. Jan 20, 2017 in the vedas the universal god brahman is formless, ineffable nirguna and unmoved mover. This book would be great for young peopleteens because the author has a lot of profound revelations that most thinking educated adults would have already experience by the age of 27 i hope.
Its absolutely rubbish to say that god almighty is formless alone. Dont know where you find that the vedas say god is bodyless or have no images. While it might surprise people how a book can have no beginning or end, the ancient rishis who wrote these accepted that the complete knowledge of the universe could never fit in any book, so there. A few hymns can be mentioned for proper understanding of nirguna brahma who is the universal god. It doesnt directly say formless, but we interpret it that way as something that cant be seen would logically lack form. Jun 16, 2018 these vedas was not the name of book, they referred to gods knowledge. The vedic gods were around first, as the vedas were written around 1500 b. Apr 02, 2011 a number of hymns in the vedas describe god in details. Vedas never explicitly support or reject idol worship but on the other hand puranas extol idol worship. In gita, why importance is given to feeding priests for the dead persons soul, while vedas are strictly against any such practice. Hinduism spans a wide range of beliefs such as henotheism, monotheism, polytheism, panentheism, pantheism, pandeism, monism, atheism and nontheism forms of theism find mention in the bhagavad gita.
On contrary vedas state that he is able to perform all his duties at all times maintaining his unchangeable identity. Jan 26, 2018 vedas a treasure of unlimited knowledge the ancient as well as present learned of eternal knowledge of vedas have clearly stated that right from the beginning of the creation till now. God brahman has two modes, formless nirakara, asambhuta as well as form. In vedas it is mentioned that there is only one god who is body less. If vedas say so, i would suggest put all the vedas in to garbage. Now, you raised some good points about god walking in eden, the israelites seeing someone seated on a throne, etc. Atharvaveda the atharvaveda praises god in book 20, hymn 58 and verse 3.
Our god is both personal and absolute, the absolute is male, the personal, female. If this is true then how paramahansaji was able to have an argument with god. Hinduism accepts allah truth is formless and nirakar. For example, this book has the gayatri mantra in the yajur veda, which is not incorrect, but everyone expects it in the rig veda since thats where it originally is from. Meaning from the adorable, formless almighty god, the knowledge of rigved, yajurved, samved and atharvaved emanates.
These vedic gods formed the basic structure of the hindu framework. In his autobiography, parmahansaji raised a question aboutwhen shall i find god. The rig veda is a must read book for anyone who is researching the origins of religion, or the origins of man. Hinduism is commonly perceived as a polytheistic religion. A number of hymns in the vedas describe god in details. Mar 01, 2006 for example, this book has the gayatri mantra in the yajur veda, which is not incorrect, but everyone expects it in the rig veda since thats where it originally is from. The prasna upanishad says that god is the supreme prajapati or creator, in whom are blended both the matter and energy of the universe. Muller noted that the hymns of the rigveda, the oldest scripture of hinduism, mention many deities, but praises them successively as the one ultimate, supreme god, alternatively as one supreme goddess, thereby asserting that the essence of the deities was unitary, and the deities. Evolution of the concept of god in the vedas after this brief introduction, we shall now try to trace the evolution of the conception of god in vedanta from the early vedic times. A recent flurry of articles and website postings have been made to indicate that the fable of jesus is mentioned in the vedas bhavisya purana. The samhitas of the rig, yajur, sama, and atharva single volume, unabridged jan 10, 2017. Indeed, we are worshipping lord inside the idol not idol itself. Jun 19, 2017 rig veda says god is one and god is atman, then why believe and worship any other god in place of real god.
Holy samved sankhya 1400 keyi dev supreme god kabir who brings tatvgyan to the world is the amighty grod. For people who read things in their simplest form, i do not recommend this, or any religious text, as it will be pointless, and you will derive nothing from it. Rig veda 615 and 14 mentions that he is a pure illuminator, unifier and remover of all miseries, commands all to observe nonviolence and other rules of righteousness, which are apriori. Buy the holy vedas book online at low prices in india. Most of the sects that make up this movement were founded in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. Dont know where you find that the vedas say god is bodyless or have no. Rather, they explain that beyond the formless, impersonal realization of god is the highest understanding of the absolute truth as the supreme personality of godhead. Jesus in the vedas sri narasingha chaitanya ashram. God in the vedic texts and as followed by hinduism, is not the god described. Indeed, the vedas compare him to other living entities of the universe and say that he is the protector of dharma, he puts you in different bodies based on your karma. Vedas are the oldest book found in the human library. Presently, the founder of arya samaj, maharishi dayanand, has been considered to be the complete scholar of the vedas.
Another point worth analysis is that all these alternate theories like advait god and soul and nature are all one and. God lives in the immortal abode, the eternal place which is called satlok, sachkhand. Filling our eyes and minds, extending throughout the universe, form, in this material world, is everywhere. Supreme formless and ineffable reality nirguna brahma as. As sankracharya says, to describe brahman even the words recoil. If these words have similarity to another major religion and it is true because god is only one. Glimpses of vedic metaphysics glimpses of vedic metaphysics out of about 17,000 hymns in the vedas, slightly less than half relate to metaphysics, which bhagavadgita says is the supreme science. We cannot imagine a formless mountain, a formless child, a formless snowflake or even a formless atom because by nature a thing and its form are inseparable. This knowledge is originated in the heart of four rishis by the power of god.
The remaining hymns pertain to mantras in praise of god, scientific ritualsceremonies and aryankas simple rules for the old people. The formless and ineffable supreme reality as described in. Another point worth analysis is that all these alternate theories like advait god and. Every time god engages in creation he manifests that knowledge and then that knowledge was coming down through the ears. Jun 26, 2008 its absolutely rubbish to say that godalmighty is formless alone. Arya samaj and maharishi dayanand consider vedas to be true. Formless and ineffable nirguna brahma as described in vedas. Had people consulted these books, they would not have fallen into this error, viz. Every time the formless nirguna brahman comes into a manifestation.
Vedas are meant to organize the society harmoniously of the followers of sanatan dharma and strictly prohibits individual gains in the pursuit of dharma. Thus according to the vedas god neither has any image nor god resides in any particular idol or statue. Vedas clearly define him as unborn, formless and unchangeable. They are the saguna phenomenal or with attributes and the nirguna noumenal or absolute aspects of one brahman. May, o great god, wises of the wise, through thy grace, my mind which like the hub of a wheel into which all the spokes are inserted, is the repository of the rig veda, the yajur veda, the sama veda and also the atharva veda, the mind in which omniscient, omnipresent conscious being the witness of all makes himself known be freed from. Further, from the said four rishis, it is gained by a person named brahma who further spreads it in public rigved 101091,2 refers. Dual the manifestations of brahman, the formed one and the formless one. Formless and ineffable nirguna brahma as described in vedas the vedas still represent eternal truths in the purest form ever written paul william roberts oxford university professor. Jun 12, 2010 in the vedas the universal god brahman is formless, ineffable nirguna and unmoved mover. If vedas say god is unborn formless, how were rama and krishna born.
Thus god being just, gave the knowledge of the vedas for mankind. Gist of all the holy scriptures like vedas, bhagavad gita, quran, bible, shiv puran, vishnu puran, durga puran is that kabir sahib is supreme god. Hindus believe in brahman as the one true god who is formless, limitless, allinclusive, and eternal. The concept of god in hinduism by swami krishnananda. Vedas very clearly define god as changeless, formless, everperfect and all capable at all times without requiring any further changes on temporary or permanent basis. If this is true then how paramahansaji was able to have an argument with god, talk or even see godas god has. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Indeed, most hindus would attest to this, by professing belief in multiple gods. Trusting in that wisdom and in the allknowing god who knows what is the best for his children and creation is what takes us from the form to the formless. Book depository books with free delivery worldwide. Aug 23, 2012 vedas very clearly define god as changeless, formless, everperfect and all capable at all times without requiring any further changes on temporary or permanent basis. The first manifestation of god is the hand that rocks the cradle. The vedic literature do not deny the formless aspect of god. Jan 17, 2006 a recent flurry of articles and website postings have been made to indicate that the fable of jesus is mentioned in the vedas bhavisya purana.
The ved1c conception of god in this chapter, we propose to throw some light on the vedic conception of god. Many vaisnavas have been enthused confused by these vedic findings, confirming jesus as. Brahman connotes the highest universal principle, the ultimate reality in the universe. The omnipresent god is also in the five elements of this world and our own body comes from these elements. Nirguna brahman was the concept of the ultimate reality as formless, without attributes or quality. Buy the holy vedas book online at low prices in india the. He does not incarnate or sends messengers in the way prophet comes in islam and son of god comes in bible.
The vedas and the katebs religious scripture of west i. All religions agree on this concept without any dispute. The holy vedas is an exceptional anthology of verses taken from the revered four vedas of hindu mythology, translated into english for the benefit of the mass the four vedas of hindu culture, the rigveda, yajurveda, atharvaveda, and samaveda, are considered to be the scriptures that defined the lifestyle and beliefs of all hindus. Preface the praises to a formless god that this book illustrates and discusses are those composed by lowcaste saintpoets of the nirguni or sant movement of hindu and sikh devotion in north india.
Other than a few quirks like this, this is the only book i could find that gives a good, lucid, prose overview or flavor of the contents of all the vedas. Each of these groups of gods came from different religious texts. Lord dattatrey an introduction shree swami samarth. It will be unjust of the creator of the universe to create this wonderful creation and not to provide the road map for human journey on this earth. However, based on the vedic metaphysics whatever description of god is given, it can at best be a glimpse of his omnipresence, omniscience and omnipotence. The actual meaning of nirankar is waheguru, allah, god, and ishbar.
Sacred books of the east, volume 15, the upanishads part ii page 263. His guru explained that he had already found god ever new joy is god. The realisation of god is regarded as the supreme blessedness or shreyas, as apart from preyas or temporal experience of satisfaction. By this we do not mean any chronological development of the conception but only logical and psychological since the various conceptions overlap from the earliest.
What is meant by the mention of various devatas gods in the vedas then. Bhagvad gita or any other book has to be interpreted as per vedas. In sundara kanda of valmiki ramayana also, god is said to be formless and infinite, how could rama in earthly bodily form fulfill these conditions. Feature article from the form to the formless living in.457 413 251 461 1297 1080 1238 978 488 1130 1528 56 784 496 74 1213 1332 1458 1009 1307 827 1110 1022 645 1551 703 1336 293 536 383 275 197 276 494 321 1087 323 1153 108 1479 256 793 871 1037 343 766