How many Vedas are there according to Sanatana Dharma?
The RigVeda, portrays, the Purusha, the Cosmic Being in a human image. The question is why, such a portrayal. Is there a deeper significance behind such a representation? It is to be understood that since there are fundamentally four classes of men namely Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra, each human being has all these four characteristic classes inherent in a single individual. It is yet possible that one or two out of the four characteristics may predominate within one’s character. However certain tasks, ignite a certain character out of the four, as we execute the tasks.
When we seek answers to certain deep questions, when we are in the utter learning mode, the brahmin in us is predominant. When we fight against injustice or fight for our dignity, even in a court of law, the Kshatriya in us is predominant. It is to be understood that the duality of everyday life is run by an undercurrent that defines the entire framework of all our activities, whether be it art or literature. There is a higher unity, deep below which fashions our life and activities. This is to be discovered. Our entire life is an endevor to resolve this great mystery. This, one has to come to. What we design through our art and architecture, even our daily events, allude to a higher truth of which these daily representations of the life process are blaring symbols. One needs to go back to the RigVeda, if at all one is interested in solving the puzzle of the life-process.
It is important for us to cohesively dump the view about Vedic civilization given to us by our European predecessors. According to their large erroneous view, Vedic people entered India only in the second millennium B.C. acamedicians and Left Leaning intellectual groups have been peddling false historical notions in spite of receiving considerable evidence contrary to their own toxic notions. There are astronomical references in the Vedas that describes the original homes of the Aryans. This region lies roughly between the Indus and the Ganga rivers, Northern India, to be precise. The Aryan world, spread all the way to Central Asia, the Caspian sea which also included the region around the Oxus river. The RigVedic hymns, which are written not later than the 3rd millennium B.C, were composed on the banks of the Saraswati River in the Aryan heartland of Brahmavrata.
RigVeda, is the fountainhead of Vedic Science. It is the ancient spiritual science of the Himalayas from which systems such as Yoga, Vedic Astrology (Jyotisha), Ayurveda (traditional Indian Medicine) etc have arisen. It is, in fact, the basis of Deva Bhasha (God’s language), Samskrutam or Sanskrit. It is also regarded as the oldest book in any Indo-European language and archaeological finds put it to be thousands of years older than the current estimation of belonging to the era of 1500 B.C. The concern of the Book on RigVeda is to do with the inner Truths of consciousness and its pragmatic standpoint with respect to spiritual life. What one shall discover on reading and deliberating on the RigVedic Mantras is that the Mantras do not reflect a primitive culture but that they highlight the highest spiritual realization and the most secretive and profound knowledge of the entire cosmos, the limited visible as well as the that part of the universe that is largely invisible.
The typical hymns of the main Vedic Gods such as Agni, Indra, Surya and Soma have a separate book within the RigVeda. The RigVeda is perhaps the most authentic book of revelation written in the language of pure mantras, set to the music of life. Although it is difficult for the modern man to go beyond its pre-conceptions and world-view to connect with the vision of the ancient seers, a deeper study of the RigVeda shall serve to allay many of the challenges that the current time is posing before the modern man.