Study of Vedas

Srikrishna Ghadiyaram srikrishna_ghadiyaram at YAHOO.COM
Mon Apr 8 22:12:10 CDT 2002

Hari Om !!

I did not mean to say that my conscience is superior
to the prescription of the Sruthi.

I too believe that good deeds of this birth will come
along with us in to the next birth. I also read in
"Advaita Bodha Deepika" that not necessarily wiil the
Vedic sadhana of this birth will come to us in the
next birth directly, but the samskaras or the end
results of such sadhana will definitely remain with

My only view was that now that I realize the
importance of vedas, and the main teachings of the
vedas that God is there as bestower of results and we
can realize that God with in us, I should give highest
importance to meditation and necessary learning
towards that goal, and necessary life style change for
success in that path. If one believes that this can be
achieved through learning Samhitas, they may do so.
But for me, while I respect and revere the idea of
learning Samhitas, I will make use that approach as a
secondary means.

Om Namo Narayanaya !!


--- Vaidya Sundaram <Vaidya_sundaram at HOTMAIL.COM>
> namaskaram.
>  You seem to be on the opinion that if you follow
> your conscience, you are
> doing OK. I have included some portions of  your
> posting(s) below for
> reference on this ... - please refer to a truly
> inspiring speech by HH
> Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swami of kanchi - the
> article is titled Sastras
> or Concience, and the url for this on the web is
> - let me quote only a
> few sentences here - "These treatises are the
> authority on which dharma is
> founded. You find the form of things, the image,
> with your eyes; you
> perceive sound with your ears; you know dharma with
> the help of
> Dharmasastra. (...) In matters of the Self, of
> dharma and religion, the
> Vedas are in the forefront as our guide. Next come
> the dharmasastras. Third
> is the conduct of the great sages of the past.
> Fourth is the example of the
> virtuous people of our own times. Conscience comes
> last in determining
> dharma"
>  HH clearly address your point head on - do you
> choose through concience (or
> choice based on one's own convictions arrived at by
> repeated ponderings with
> the expertise of only one intellect) or do you go by
> the recommendations of
> the Sastras, which is really only a well formulated
> set of processes arrived
> at by the experience and learning and applied
> discrimination of not just one
> indicidual but a whole civilization ahead of us.
>  One must also bear in mind that learning upto the
> death bed does not mean
> that the knowledge dies with the physical death. I
> know of a several great
> men of today and yesteryears who took great pains to
> learn the vedas upto
> the day they died. They had the conviction that such
> effort would bear fruit
> and they would be able to continue such learning in
> their immediate next
> births. Let us not delude ourselves into thinking
> that the effor we make in
> this life is sufficient. Shri Krishna Bhagawan
> himself says so when he says
> (7.19) bahunaam janmanaam ante jnaanavaan maam
> prapadyate - At the end of
> many births the man of Knowledge attains Me - please
> also refer BG 4.38 - On
> earth there is no purifier as great as knowledge; he
> who has attained purity
> of heart through a prolonged practice of karamayoga
> automatically sees the
> light of truth in the self in course of time. - He
> clearly says the practice
> of karma yoga is the way to go, and it is prolonged.
> So, let us not delude our selves that we can figure
> this maya out; let us
> atleast not discourage people who want to learn the
> vedas; if you so fully
> believe divine will, why do you refuse to follow
> what that will is telling
> you through the sastras?
> bhava shankara desikame sharaNam
> Vaidya.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Srikrishna Ghadiyaram"
> <srikrishna_ghadiyaram at YAHOO.COM>
> > Some time ago, I too felt that I should have
> learnt
> > the Vedas under some unexplicable emotion; rather
> when
> > I hear that this Vedic knowledge is endangered, as
> if
> > I am going to save it. But I realized it was not
> "I"
> > who can do it, the Supreme has His plans for it.
> It is
> > for me to use my time effectively to learn the
> > essentials at first and get into a more
> contemplative
> > life style, withdrawal and identify my own
> attachments
> > and get over those short comings. In my view they
> are
> > more important than at first emotionally deciding
> to
> > learn Samhitas. After all the Goal is Realisation
> not
> > memorisation of Samhitas.
> > I also read Malayala Swami saying that it is good
> to
> > live for one year in an asram before taking
> Sanyasa.
> > It seemed practical to me. We have a scope to
> evaluate
> > ourselves, and do not do things out of a temporary
> > mental situation.
> >
> > Swadharma is not a matter of Sanyasa or otherwise.
> > Yes, one has to do present duties and confirm to
> > Sanyasa dharma too if adopted.
> > I guess it is upto ones scheme of evaluation or
> > evolution of mind.

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