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The Vedas
The Vedas
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His holiness Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati, Sankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Pitham, was the sixty-eighth in the line of succession of Pithadhipati's from Adi Sankara. He become the math at the age of thirteen in 1907. After the requisite training in seclusion on the banks of the river Kaveri near Kumbhakonam, he went round India from 1919 to 1939.

The conversation I am having now with the Acharya is itself my evening meal for to day

Mahatma Gandhi

When reminded by Rajaji during the Mahatma's conversation with his Holiness in a goshala in Pallaseni village Kerala in 1929 that it was time for his evening meal.

His holiness Shri chandrasekharendra Saraswati the Sankaracharya of Kanchi is the most wonderful man I have seen.

A profoundly learned man he is an ascetic of the highest order living on parched rice walking on foot from village to village for years. Wherever he happens to be he attacts thousand and evokes faith and devotion.

Endowed with the direct simplicity of the god possessed he is an inspiration. He could discuss modern problems with up-todate knowledge.

Kulapati K M Munshi

Thus ended a memorable interview with one who is the embodiment of all that is most noble and sublime in the spiritual culture of India. Enjoying the aroma of the virtues of gentles and courtesy one could see the light of wisdom beaming forth from those enchanting eyes, as one listened to words which were true and at the same time pleasing.

Sir Paul Dukes

The two days we spent in his company will never be forgotten. There was pure spiritual. What strange fate has brought us close to him

Her Majesty Oueen Frederika of Greece

I have often thought of him during the intervening years and there is no doubt in my mind that he is a sanctified being, channel for higher spiritual forces. At the same time he is an upholder of religious values which it would be regrettable for India to lose under the pressure of modern life, with its industrialism of modern life with its industrialism and materialism.

Those scientifically educated young Indians who have no use for their own religion and regard it with disdain should take a lesson from the west which has gone through an equivalent its way.

Preface

This is the fourth edition of "The Vedas", being the discourse (rendered) into English from the Tamil) of his Holiness Chandrasekharendra Saraswati the 68th Pontiff of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, well known as the paramacharya or "Periyavaal". We once again look upon this as our humble offering at the lotus feel of his Holiness.

The first edition was published on the Paramacharya's 95th birthday in 1988, and the second edition on the 98th. The third edition came out in 1994, the centenary year.

A Hindi edition is under consideration.

The Vedas from the foundation of our religion. The Paramacharya was keen that this foundation should remain strong forever. In other words, it is our bounden duty to preserve and protect the Vedas by promoting their study.

When in 1986, Shri R.Vs. Raghavan, Executive Trustee of his Sudakshine trust approached the Bhavan with a proposal for a joint publication we had little hesitation in accepting the proposal.

The Paramacharya's thoughts are conveyed to us through his discourses and as we go through the pages we are amazed at the wealth of knowledge that our ancient have bequeathed to mankind. The Paramacharya's knowledge was vast and deep. His 'Upadesa' (teaching) is a product of his anubhava (spiritual experience).

The distinguishing feature of the book is that of the 14 Vidyas the Paramacharya deals more elaborately with the six vedangas. There are the four Upangas than the four Vedas themselves. There are few books which give succinctly and in such depth all about Vedangas -Siksha Vyaakarana Chhandas Niruktam, Jyotisha and Kalpa.

Even those who are allergic to grammar will find something fascinating in the way the Paramacharya deals with

 

The Vedas

Vyaakarana. Linking the origin of grammar with the Dance of Siva the Paramacharya explains the concepts of Sabda Brahman and Nada Brahaman.

While the Sudakshine Trust came into existence in 1974 at the benign command of the Paramacharya the Bhavan has received in ample measure the Paramacharya's blessings. In his benediction in1962 on the occasion of Bhavans 's Silver Jubilee the Paramacharya said: The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has made the intellectuals of Bharata Varsha evince interest in the various aspects of our culture and progress.

 

Contents

 

     
Chapter   Page
  Preface to the first edition IX
  Preface to the Forth edition Xi
  Acknowledgement XIII
1 Authoritative text on vedic religion 1
2 Sound and creation 8
3 Research on Vedas 15
4 Error-free methods of chanting 21
5 Vedas are without end 25
6 Yanja 34
7 The four Vedas 42
8 Upanishads 51
9 Brahma Surtra 55
10 Do Veda and Vedanta Clash 57
11 The ten Upanishads 68
12 Purpose and Purport of the Vedas 85
13 The essence of the message of Upanishads 101
14 Veda saakhas 105
15 The Vedangas:Siksha  
  The nose and the lungs of the vedas 115
16 The Vedangas Vyaakarana  
  Grammar 133
17 The Vedangas Chandas  
  The feet of the vedas 140
18 The Vedangas: Niruktam  
  Veda's ears 148
19 The Vedangas Jyotisha  
  Eyes of the Vedas 170
20 The Vedangas Kalpa  
  The arm of the Vedas 169
21 The Upaangas: Meemaamsa 174
22 Buddhism and other schools of thought 191
23 The Upaangas Nyaaya  
  The science of logic and expediency 199
24 The Upangas Puranas  
  Veda's magnifying glass 221
25 The Upangas: Dharam Saastra  
  The road to realize the puraanic goal 246

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The Vedas

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Edition:
2011
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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
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9788172764777
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English
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258
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His holiness Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati, Sankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Pitham, was the sixty-eighth in the line of succession of Pithadhipati's from Adi Sankara. He become the math at the age of thirteen in 1907. After the requisite training in seclusion on the banks of the river Kaveri near Kumbhakonam, he went round India from 1919 to 1939.

The conversation I am having now with the Acharya is itself my evening meal for to day

Mahatma Gandhi

When reminded by Rajaji during the Mahatma's conversation with his Holiness in a goshala in Pallaseni village Kerala in 1929 that it was time for his evening meal.

His holiness Shri chandrasekharendra Saraswati the Sankaracharya of Kanchi is the most wonderful man I have seen.

A profoundly learned man he is an ascetic of the highest order living on parched rice walking on foot from village to village for years. Wherever he happens to be he attacts thousand and evokes faith and devotion.

Endowed with the direct simplicity of the god possessed he is an inspiration. He could discuss modern problems with up-todate knowledge.

Kulapati K M Munshi

Thus ended a memorable interview with one who is the embodiment of all that is most noble and sublime in the spiritual culture of India. Enjoying the aroma of the virtues of gentles and courtesy one could see the light of wisdom beaming forth from those enchanting eyes, as one listened to words which were true and at the same time pleasing.

Sir Paul Dukes

The two days we spent in his company will never be forgotten. There was pure spiritual. What strange fate has brought us close to him

Her Majesty Oueen Frederika of Greece

I have often thought of him during the intervening years and there is no doubt in my mind that he is a sanctified being, channel for higher spiritual forces. At the same time he is an upholder of religious values which it would be regrettable for India to lose under the pressure of modern life, with its industrialism of modern life with its industrialism and materialism.

Those scientifically educated young Indians who have no use for their own religion and regard it with disdain should take a lesson from the west which has gone through an equivalent its way.

Preface

This is the fourth edition of "The Vedas", being the discourse (rendered) into English from the Tamil) of his Holiness Chandrasekharendra Saraswati the 68th Pontiff of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, well known as the paramacharya or "Periyavaal". We once again look upon this as our humble offering at the lotus feel of his Holiness.

The first edition was published on the Paramacharya's 95th birthday in 1988, and the second edition on the 98th. The third edition came out in 1994, the centenary year.

A Hindi edition is under consideration.

The Vedas from the foundation of our religion. The Paramacharya was keen that this foundation should remain strong forever. In other words, it is our bounden duty to preserve and protect the Vedas by promoting their study.

When in 1986, Shri R.Vs. Raghavan, Executive Trustee of his Sudakshine trust approached the Bhavan with a proposal for a joint publication we had little hesitation in accepting the proposal.

The Paramacharya's thoughts are conveyed to us through his discourses and as we go through the pages we are amazed at the wealth of knowledge that our ancient have bequeathed to mankind. The Paramacharya's knowledge was vast and deep. His 'Upadesa' (teaching) is a product of his anubhava (spiritual experience).

The distinguishing feature of the book is that of the 14 Vidyas the Paramacharya deals more elaborately with the six vedangas. There are the four Upangas than the four Vedas themselves. There are few books which give succinctly and in such depth all about Vedangas -Siksha Vyaakarana Chhandas Niruktam, Jyotisha and Kalpa.

Even those who are allergic to grammar will find something fascinating in the way the Paramacharya deals with

 

The Vedas

Vyaakarana. Linking the origin of grammar with the Dance of Siva the Paramacharya explains the concepts of Sabda Brahman and Nada Brahaman.

While the Sudakshine Trust came into existence in 1974 at the benign command of the Paramacharya the Bhavan has received in ample measure the Paramacharya's blessings. In his benediction in1962 on the occasion of Bhavans 's Silver Jubilee the Paramacharya said: The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has made the intellectuals of Bharata Varsha evince interest in the various aspects of our culture and progress.

 

Contents

 

     
Chapter   Page
  Preface to the first edition IX
  Preface to the Forth edition Xi
  Acknowledgement XIII
1 Authoritative text on vedic religion 1
2 Sound and creation 8
3 Research on Vedas 15
4 Error-free methods of chanting 21
5 Vedas are without end 25
6 Yanja 34
7 The four Vedas 42
8 Upanishads 51
9 Brahma Surtra 55
10 Do Veda and Vedanta Clash 57
11 The ten Upanishads 68
12 Purpose and Purport of the Vedas 85
13 The essence of the message of Upanishads 101
14 Veda saakhas 105
15 The Vedangas:Siksha  
  The nose and the lungs of the vedas 115
16 The Vedangas Vyaakarana  
  Grammar 133
17 The Vedangas Chandas  
  The feet of the vedas 140
18 The Vedangas: Niruktam  
  Veda's ears 148
19 The Vedangas Jyotisha  
  Eyes of the Vedas 170
20 The Vedangas Kalpa  
  The arm of the Vedas 169
21 The Upaangas: Meemaamsa 174
22 Buddhism and other schools of thought 191
23 The Upaangas Nyaaya  
  The science of logic and expediency 199
24 The Upangas Puranas  
  Veda's magnifying glass 221
25 The Upangas: Dharam Saastra  
  The road to realize the puraanic goal 246

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    This is a worthwhile read for study and for simple reading pleasure. It is noteworthy for three reasons. One, it is a good read; the Sankaracharya has written this book in a very lively and interesting manner and expresses himself well. two, it provides a good overview of Vedism and Vendanta, its beliefs, literature and background. Three, and most importantly, the Sankaracharya argues that there is more than an historical link between the Vedas and Vedanta. The conventional wisdom is that Vedanta is the final expression of the Vedas. The Vedas emphasize yajna, sacrifice, and ritual, the karma kanda, and the goal of Vedanta is to achieve the state of realization with the atman through jnana kanda. That conventional wisdom too often considers Vedanta as the more perfect expression of Hinduism, and the Vedas as relegated into a secondary role which is somehow a less complete expression. On the contrary, the Sankaracharya argues that the Vedas and Vedanta are two sides of one coin, and that the Vedas are a necessary first step to Vedanta. Indeed, the Sankaracharya demonstrates through scriptural references that a person first needs to break free from the three gunas, which is the professed goal of yajna, before fully appreciating self-realization with the atma. As an extra bonus, the Sankaracharya identifies the concept of saman as a unifying concept linking the Vedas with Vedanta.

    All in all, this book is highly recommended for a sadhaka or for the general reader.
    by James Kalomiris on 30th Sep 2012
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