Sunday, October 18, 2015

Definition of Vedas

Definition of Vedas

In this post I will talk about the definition of Vedas according to different sources.

The Vedas are a large body of sacred texts of Hindus some of which are more than 4000 years old.

There are four Vedas: the Rigveda, the Yajurveda, the Samaveda and the Atharvaveda.

#1 Defintion of Vedas as per Katyayana and Apastamba
Katyayana as well as Apastamba define the Vedas as the combined texts of Mantras and the Brahmanas

#2 Defintion of Vedas as per Sayanacharya
As per Sayanacharya who lived in 14th century AD, in his commentary on the Aitareya Brahmana, the Vedas are a supernatural way to attain desired objects and to remove harmful things.

Incidentally Sayanacharya was one of the first people to properly estimate the velocity of light.

#3 Defintion of Vedas as per Manu
As per Manu, the Vedas are the root of all Dharmas.

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