Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Hindu > The Holy Vedas (Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda)
Displaying 327 of 7298         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
The Holy Vedas (Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda)
Pages from the book
The Holy Vedas (Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda)
Look Inside the Book
Description

Introduction

The Vedas are ancient texts that are sacred in India and renowned the world over. The world veda literally means Knowledge. The root is vid, ‘to Know’ The Vedas are thus texts that provide Knowledge.

There are four Vedas, known as the Rig Veda, the Yajur Veda, the Sama Veda and the Atharva Veda. Many years ago, the Vedas were referred to as trayi or three. There must have been some point of time when there were only three Vedas. These are acknowledged to have been the Rig Vedas, the yajur Veda and the Sama Veda. The Atharva Veda is believed to have a later addition to the sacred canon.

The world trayi is also interpreted in a different sense. Although the interpretation does seem to be slightly artificial, it is following. The three paths to salvation are believed to be those of jnana (Knowledge), bhakti (devotion) and karma (action). Since the Vedas teach these three paths to salvation, they are referred to as trayi. The Rig Veda is identified with the path of knowledge, the yajur Veda with the path of action, and the Sama Veda with the path of devotion.

Each of the Vedas has two parts, a samhita and the brahmanas. The samhita part consists of mantras or incantations. These were hymns that were used in sacrifies. But these mantras are difficult to interpret without commentaries. This is what the brahmanas set out to do. They explain the hymns and indicate how these are to be used in sacrifices. The brahmanas also have detailed descriptins of sacrifices and how they are to be conducted. The samhita and how they are to be conducted. The samhita and the brahmanas are often known as karma kanda, that is, the part of the Vedas that deals with rituals.

In addition Vedic literature also includes jnana kanda. This is the part that deals with supreme knowledge. Included in jnana kanda are the aranyakasf and the Upanishads. These are identified with various Vedas.

We can therefore have a narrow definition of a Veda as well as a broad one. The narrow definition would take the word Veda to mean the samhita alone. The broad definition would include, in addition associated brahmanas, aranyakas and Upanishads. By the word Veda, we will mean the samhita alone.

When were the Vedas composed and who composed them? Strictly speaking, there is no answer to these questions. The Vedas were revealed; they were shrutis. They were not written down or composed. They were communicated by the supreme godhead or the divine essence (brahman) to the ancient seers (rishis). These rishis di not compose the Vedas; they merely obtained this divine knowledge through their extraordinary powers. In this sense, the Vedas are apourusheya, that is, not the handiwork of men. Their authorship cannot be ascribed to any human author.

In the Hindu conception of time, time is divided into four eras. These are known as satya yuga, treat yuga, dvapara yuga and kali yuga. As one moves from satya yuga towards kali yuga, the power of righteousness diminishes and evil starts to rear its ugly head. To bring men back to the righteous path, the sacred knowledge that is in the Vedas must ve disseminated amongst them. But the Vedas are abstract an esoteric, o difficult for ordinary mortals to comprehend. To make the dissemination and assimilation easier, the Vedas must be conveniently partitioned and divided into various groups. A person whos thus divides (vyasa) the Vedas has the title of Vedavyasa or Vyasadeva conferred on him.

In every dvapara yuga, such a Vedavyasa is born to perform this sacred task, The Vedavyasa born in the dvapara yuga tha immediately preceded the present kali, yuga, was Krishna Dvaipayana Vedavyasa. It is he who is credited with having divided the original unified Vedas into the four segments of the Rig Veda, the yajur Veda, the Sama Veda and the Atharva Veda. Krishna Dvaipayana Vedavyasa did not compose the Vedas, he merely recapitulated what was already known. Incidentally, Krishna Dvaipayana Vedavyasa is also credited with the composition of the great epic, the Mahabharata.

Just as it is impossible to determine who composed the Vedas, it is also impossible to determine when they were composed. Widely different dates have been suggested by scholars. Tilak suggested a date of around 6000 B.C., While Jacobi’s date was around 4500 B.C. Most scholars would agree that the Vedas were compiled some time between 4000 B.C. and 1000 B. C. And that it is impossible to narrow down the range further. The earliest of the Vedas is clearly the Rig Veda. This reached a stage of final compilation between 1000 B. C. and 900 B. C.

Contents

 

Introduction

v

1

Rig Veda

1

2

Yajur Veda

115

3

Sama Veda

215

4

Atharva Veda

328

 

Glossary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Holy Vedas (Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda)

Item Code:
NAL428
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2015
ISBN:
9789351511061
Language:
English
Size:
7.5 inch x 5.0 inch
Pages:
464
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 430 gms
Price:
$30.00
Discounted:
$22.50   Shipping Free
You Save:
$7.50 (25%)
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
The Holy Vedas (Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda)

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 3152 times since 4th Sep, 2017

Introduction

The Vedas are ancient texts that are sacred in India and renowned the world over. The world veda literally means Knowledge. The root is vid, ‘to Know’ The Vedas are thus texts that provide Knowledge.

There are four Vedas, known as the Rig Veda, the Yajur Veda, the Sama Veda and the Atharva Veda. Many years ago, the Vedas were referred to as trayi or three. There must have been some point of time when there were only three Vedas. These are acknowledged to have been the Rig Vedas, the yajur Veda and the Sama Veda. The Atharva Veda is believed to have a later addition to the sacred canon.

The world trayi is also interpreted in a different sense. Although the interpretation does seem to be slightly artificial, it is following. The three paths to salvation are believed to be those of jnana (Knowledge), bhakti (devotion) and karma (action). Since the Vedas teach these three paths to salvation, they are referred to as trayi. The Rig Veda is identified with the path of knowledge, the yajur Veda with the path of action, and the Sama Veda with the path of devotion.

Each of the Vedas has two parts, a samhita and the brahmanas. The samhita part consists of mantras or incantations. These were hymns that were used in sacrifies. But these mantras are difficult to interpret without commentaries. This is what the brahmanas set out to do. They explain the hymns and indicate how these are to be used in sacrifices. The brahmanas also have detailed descriptins of sacrifices and how they are to be conducted. The samhita and how they are to be conducted. The samhita and the brahmanas are often known as karma kanda, that is, the part of the Vedas that deals with rituals.

In addition Vedic literature also includes jnana kanda. This is the part that deals with supreme knowledge. Included in jnana kanda are the aranyakasf and the Upanishads. These are identified with various Vedas.

We can therefore have a narrow definition of a Veda as well as a broad one. The narrow definition would take the word Veda to mean the samhita alone. The broad definition would include, in addition associated brahmanas, aranyakas and Upanishads. By the word Veda, we will mean the samhita alone.

When were the Vedas composed and who composed them? Strictly speaking, there is no answer to these questions. The Vedas were revealed; they were shrutis. They were not written down or composed. They were communicated by the supreme godhead or the divine essence (brahman) to the ancient seers (rishis). These rishis di not compose the Vedas; they merely obtained this divine knowledge through their extraordinary powers. In this sense, the Vedas are apourusheya, that is, not the handiwork of men. Their authorship cannot be ascribed to any human author.

In the Hindu conception of time, time is divided into four eras. These are known as satya yuga, treat yuga, dvapara yuga and kali yuga. As one moves from satya yuga towards kali yuga, the power of righteousness diminishes and evil starts to rear its ugly head. To bring men back to the righteous path, the sacred knowledge that is in the Vedas must ve disseminated amongst them. But the Vedas are abstract an esoteric, o difficult for ordinary mortals to comprehend. To make the dissemination and assimilation easier, the Vedas must be conveniently partitioned and divided into various groups. A person whos thus divides (vyasa) the Vedas has the title of Vedavyasa or Vyasadeva conferred on him.

In every dvapara yuga, such a Vedavyasa is born to perform this sacred task, The Vedavyasa born in the dvapara yuga tha immediately preceded the present kali, yuga, was Krishna Dvaipayana Vedavyasa. It is he who is credited with having divided the original unified Vedas into the four segments of the Rig Veda, the yajur Veda, the Sama Veda and the Atharva Veda. Krishna Dvaipayana Vedavyasa did not compose the Vedas, he merely recapitulated what was already known. Incidentally, Krishna Dvaipayana Vedavyasa is also credited with the composition of the great epic, the Mahabharata.

Just as it is impossible to determine who composed the Vedas, it is also impossible to determine when they were composed. Widely different dates have been suggested by scholars. Tilak suggested a date of around 6000 B.C., While Jacobi’s date was around 4500 B.C. Most scholars would agree that the Vedas were compiled some time between 4000 B.C. and 1000 B. C. And that it is impossible to narrow down the range further. The earliest of the Vedas is clearly the Rig Veda. This reached a stage of final compilation between 1000 B. C. and 900 B. C.

Contents

 

Introduction

v

1

Rig Veda

1

2

Yajur Veda

115

3

Sama Veda

215

4

Atharva Veda

328

 

Glossary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Based on your browsing history

Loading... Please wait

Related Items

Anthology of Vedic Hymns (A Collection of Hymns from Four Vedas)
by Svami Bhumanand Sarasvati
Hardcover (Edition: 1984)
Ram Lal Kapoor Trust
Item Code: NAJ370
$35.00$26.25
You save: $8.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Four Vedas (Set of 8 Volumes) - Sanskrit Text with Transliteration and English Translation
by Dr. Tulsi Ram
Hardcover (Edition: 2013)
Arsh Sahitya Prachar Trust
Item Code: NAK546
$395.00$296.25
You save: $98.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Four Vedas with Spiritual Translation (Set of 22 Volumes) - Sanskrit Text with English Translation
Item Code: NAG696
$325.00$243.75
You save: $81.25 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Vivaha Samskara (In Grhya-Sutras of The Four Vedas)
by V.R. Anil Kumar
Hardcover (Edition: 2014)
D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAI028
$40.00$30.00
You save: $10.00 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Rg-Veda-Samhita Together with the Commentary of Sayanacarya (Sanskrit Text only in Four Big Volumes)
Item Code: NAB840
$155.00$116.25
You save: $38.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Pati: Husband (In the Eyes of Wife)
Item Code: NAM088
$15.00$11.25
You save: $3.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Religion of the Veda (Die Religion Des Veda)
Item Code: IHE021
$35.00$26.25
You save: $8.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Issues in Veda and Astrology (Proceedings of the National Seminar on Veda and Jyotish)
by Haribhai Pandya
Hardcover (Edition: 1995)
Nag Publishers
Item Code: NAH124
$25.00$18.75
You save: $6.25 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Vedic View of the Earth (A Geological Insight Into The Vedas)
by S. R. N. Murthy
Hardcover (Edition: 1997)
D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAD882
$32.50$24.38
You save: $8.12 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Medicine in the Veda: Religious Healing in the Veda
Item Code: IDD251
$35.00$26.25
You save: $8.75 (25%)
SOLD

Testimonials

Very easy to buy, great site! Thanks
Ilda, Brazil
Our Nandi sculpture arrived today and it surpasses all expectations - it is wonderful. We are not only pleasantly surprised by the speed of international delivery but also are extremely grateful for the care of your packaging. Our sculpture needed to travel to an off-lying island of New Zealand but it arrived safely because of how well it had been packaged. Based upon my experience of all aspects of your service, I have no hesitation in recommending Exotic India.
BWM, NZ
Best web site to shop on line.
Suman, USA
Thank you for having such a great website. I have given your site to all the people I get compliments on your merchandise.
Pat, Canada.
Love the website and the breadth of selection. Thanks for assembling such a great collection of art and sculpture.
Richard, USA
Another three books arrived during the last weeks, all of them diligently packed. Excellent reading for the the quieter days at the end of the year. Greetings to Vipin K. and his team.
Walter
Your products are uncommon yet have advanced my knowledge and devotion to Sanatana Dharma. Also, they are reasonably priced and ship quickly. Thank you for all you do.
Gregory, USA
Thank you kindly for the Cobra Ganesha from Mahabalipuram. The sculpture is exquisite quality and the service is excellent. I would not hesitate to order again or refer people to your business. Thanks again.
Shankar, UK
The variety, the quality and the very helpful price range of your huge stock means that every year I find a few new statues to add to our meditation room--and I always pick up a few new books and cds whenever I visit! keep up the good work!
Tim Smith, USA
Love this site. I have many rings from here and enjoy all of them
Angela, USA
TRUSTe
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2017 © Exotic India