Vedic Way of Life

India's Cultural, Religious and Spiritual stature even several millennia ago were widely reputed throughout the world and are vouchsafed by the many foreign visitors who had travelled throughout the country. The bedrock of the civilization is the teachings and leadership of the many eminent sages who lived and practiced the "Sanatana Dharma" way of life in the country.

Vedas are the foundation of the Hindu religion and spiritual processes. Vedas came into existence along with all of creation and are believed to be the pronouncements of divine icons. They contain information about the concepts of creation, the creative energies and various energies governing the existence and maintenance of the entire systems. Vedas are the guiding force for the well-being of humanity and of all Creation.

The Maharishis who were seers (and to whom we owe our origin and the valuable spiritual legacies), by their penance, understood the meaning the significance of the message conveyed in the Vedas. They gave us the method, and showed us the way to organize and live our life in a manner that would enable us attain salvation, which is the ultimate goal of our life.

An important feature of the Vedas is that they advocate life in tune with nature and the forces which guide it.

In ancient times, all the people living in the entire Indian sub- continent were following the teachings of the Vedas, understood its true meaning and lived by the concepts dictated by the Vedas, following the footsteps of our great Maharishis by worshipping Agni.

The Agni mentioned in the Vedas is not the physical fire. It represents the subtle force that is responsible for our absorption and manifestations. Physical fire is nothing but a form of that Force. One can experience that Agni only after marriage.

Over the years due to various reasons philosophies not in tune with nature, some man made dogmas, etc; we have lost track of the great Vedic/Hindu religion and are at present leading a life which is not exactly as advocated by the Vedas. Various factors like lack of Vedic education, divisions on the lines of caste, colour and creed, denial of equal rights to all particularly women have all contributed to the degeneration of our religion.

Any religion to be called a religion should have the following seven basic tenets :

  • Each and every follower of the religion without exception should have a clear and proper understanding of the principles governing their religion. It should have clear instructions of a few uniform mandatory rituals for daily life.
  • Each member should have clear understanding of such rituals which should be performed with involvement. These should not be reduced to a mechanical observance at the instance of a third party.
  • The rules should be so clear that they do not give any room for any misinterpretation causing unhappiness to any member be it a man or a woman.
  • It should not contain any provision which would prevent any of its followers from exercising their rights as regards property, education, marriage, remarriage or religious observances.
  • It should not be insensitive to personal feelings and not give any scope for persecuting individuals in the name of religion.
  • It should not contain any rule contrary to the natural laws of creation or spirit of creation. Al the rules found therein should be capable of being followed by one and all under any circumstances.

Our religion contained all the above, but over the years due to various factors all these aspects vanished. It is imperative that all the above are restored for the welfare of the humanity. How to contemplate our Vedic religion which is the way of life lived by our seers? The life lead by our Vedic seers and the Four Vedas give all the information as to the way in which everyone should lead a life and attain all- the benefits and the eternal bliss.

Messages from the Vedas
UttishTata mAA svapta agnimicchadhvam BhArata: || -{Yajur Veda}

Meaning : "Oh men of Bharath! Arise, Awake worship agni"The above extols all Bharathiwas to be awake and worship Agni."
Meaning: “Oh men of Bharath! Arise, Awake worship agni” It Extols all Bharathiyas to be awake and worship Agni.”
“Bha” in Sanskrit denotes light and one who worships fire /Agni is called “bhArateeya”. The very fact that India is called “BHARAT” confirms the fact that all Indians were following the Vedas and leading their life as said in the Vedas.

The worship of Agni starts after the Upanayanam and continues after marriage. In fact the real Agni worship and life starts after marriage only. One’s life becomes full only after marriage. Now let us have a glimpse on what is a Vedic life and how superior it is.

“so kAmayata| sa tapo tapyata sa tapastaptvA idam sarvamasrjata| bahu syAm prajAyeyeti ||” (Taittiriya upanishat - 2-6)

Meaning: Creation (srishti) has a purpose and this purpose does not come from ignorance (avidya). This world was created due to the penance of Sri Parameshwara (Brahman's) viz the basis of this world is the penance of Brahman (Parameshwara). This entire universe emerged as a consequence of His penance. This fact is conveyed in all the Vedas.

  • This creation has a creator.
  • This creation has a cause and purpose.
  • This creation has a fruit.

“vAgarthAviva sampraktau vagarthapratipattaye |
jagata: pitarau vande pArvatIparameshvarau ||”

(Raghuvamsha - Mahakavi Kalidasa)
There are two elements which are at the root of the primeval cause. Just as parents, who are two persons, are responsible for our own birth, so also for the entire creation, for all these worlds (universe), two powers are responsible. These highest Gods are more supreme than the supreme ones. As Kalidasa says in the above verse, these supreme beings are inseparable/ joined together in bliss like the word and its meaning. They are embodiment of total Ananda Bliss.

What is that Vedic path?
The primordial energy (Siva and Sakthi) which created the whole universe, laid down the Vedic path so that every human being could live happily enjoying all comforts- social and spiritual.

It is nothing but the life lived by our seers, i.e the eternal familial life (with wife and children) ordained by the Vedas. The only routine objective of the vedAs is grhastAshramam i.e the familial life (dAmpatya) which is the only Ashrama stated by the vedAs and which can really lead one to get the fruit of this birth i.e is salvation.

Brahmacharyam is the form of Veda adyayanam , bearing all sorts of happiness , well-being , etc . This brahmacharyam is the first step and the path to the next auspicious stage of familial life (gArhastyAshramam), the path to salvation said in the Vedas. This brahmacharyamm is the form of learning of the Vedas and Gayathri worship which is applicable to all including women irrespective of their caste, creed and sex.
“BrahmacaryeNa kanyA yuvAnam vindate patim ||”
" "(Atharva Veda - kanda 11, su17)
Meaning: “A kanya acquires a youth as husband by virtue of Brahmacharya".

Many such vedic hymns glorify the significance of brahmacharyam for girls as well.

The result/effect of brahmacharyam dwells in gArhastyAshramam which is the only Ashram accepted by the Vedas. Rishis including Apasthambha opine the same, as the sutrA of his says-
“aykashramyam Tvacarya: Pratyakshavidhanat Garhasthasya||” -(Apasthamba Sutram)
Meaning: There is only one Ashramam which is the Grahasthashrama.

Many such sutras expound such advocacies. Hence the reasons for our seers like atri, kashyapa, vasishta, agastya, bharadvaja and others to lead a vedic lifestyle. A life with wife, doing penance, performing daily rituals (nitya karmA), Gayathri, Upasana (worship) of agni, yagnyA and chanting of vedas until their last breath is the vedic way of living. Our forefathers also lead such an ascetic life of penance and experienced the brahman.

All of us belong to the lineage of those ascetic maharshis and the maharshi dharma is especially for us. This maharshi dharma is the form of eternal familial life (nityagArhastya) is the objective of all vedAs also well evident from Ramayana.Individuals devoid of this dampatya are devoid of moksha, brahma samyujyam. Believers and followers of Vedas in its true sense should dwell in this eternal gArhastya dharma. This maharishi dharma which is the divya marga of vedAs is called brahma mArga which bestows happiness and well-being everywhere.

One should experience every creation in the world by being in the respective states and conceive this creation’s natural cause, its fruitful result. A couple knowing all the secrets of nature and creation evolve by being in various states of evolution, experience (s) their identity with the ultimate and finally attain (s) the blissful state and remain (s) in the same state , which is that indescribable blissful experience (AnandAnubhavaM).
“AnandobrahmetivyajAnAt Anandadyeva khalvimani… ||”
This quote from taittreya Upanishad deciphers the form of Brahman to be pure Bliss.

For the past few hundred years, the kernel of veda marga is annihilated in total. Dharmas diametrically opposite to the factual dharma have cropped up in large number. Consequently, the significance of this creation (srishti), the subtle form of this existence and many such aforesaid truths has vanished. The Vedic path and the dharma have become almost extinct. Rather other blasphemous practices which are contrary to the laws of Nature have cropped and are spread throughout the length and breadth of our land.

Let us practice the Vedic religion in its true sense, follow whatever is said in Vedas and let us not succumb to the accustomed dogmas. It is not only sufficient if we practice the true vedic religion but also let others know what it is. This practice should not sink with our self but should prolong till our last heir.

Vedas being universal in nature and common to all, the above way of life is to be followed by one and all without any difference in the name of caste, color, creed or sex. The above has to be followed while carrying on our normal day to day activities by organizing oneself. That the Vedas affirm equality which is evident from the hymn of the Yajur Veda
“YathemAm VAcham KalyAnim AvadAni Janebhyah
Brahma rajanyabhyam Sudraya ca Aryaya ca Swaya-ca -aranaya ca….”

which means , “Just as I am speaking these blessed words to the people, these words are for all men and women -the Brahmanas, kshatriyas, vaishyas, Sudras and all others, irrespective of they being our own people or aliens."

Let us understand that

  1. Vedas are for all. Gayathri gives the basic qualification as per vedas.
  2. Giving offering to the fire both in the morning and evening. (Samitadanam).
  3. After full learning of vedas and its meanings enter into married life.
  4. Leading a married life itself is part of Agni upasana.
  5. Giving offering to the fire twice a day with wife.
  6. Finally offering one’s body in the same fire after death symbolising that the energy which created us and sustained us throughout the life is the one with which we merge and attain salvation.

HOW TO FOLLOW THE ABOVE WITH REGARD TO OUR PRESENT SITUATION IN THE WORLD

  1. Upanayanam and Gayathri initiation.
  2. Learning of essential suktas(recitations)and chanting Gayathri mantra.(Gayathri is the essence of vedas)
  3. Leading a married life only.
  4. Performing important samskaras (rites)as said in the vedas with the help Of those who are well versed with it.
GayathriMaa