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UPANISADS 2-

Vedas introduction continued:-

To the Vedanta's, Veda is immortal and eternal.  This statement must necessarily grate against the modern educated view. They shall certainly raise serious objections against such a dictatorial declaration. But when we examine the statement closer, we shall discover that it is not after all such a dictatorial  belief thrust upon the faithful from the Vedanta platform.


The word Veda comes from the root "Vid" meaning 'to know.' Thus Veda means 'knowledge.' To say that Veda is eternal is not to claim Indestructibility  to the text-books of the Vedas. The knowledge of the Self ( Atma ) is indestructible. Even this statement is not easily acceptable to many.


From  the days of Newton's discovery, we know that there is a measurable quantity of force, called the gravitational force, with which the earth is ever attracting everything unto its own centre..Now, are we not right if we say that gravitational force is 'Eternal'in the sense that it was silently acting even before the fateful afternoon when that apple fell upon the nose of Newton and made him sit up and discover the force of gravity? And now, even long after we have forgotten about this discovery, the force is acting upon things on and about the globe.


Just as this gravitational force or for that matter, electricity or the energy-content of each atom-is 'Eternal'. So too, the Truth discussed in the Vedas is Eternal. It is not the Veda text-books; they may get destroyed in some tragic accident.  But no harm can ever come to the Truth, the Self, which is the theme of the sacred Upanisads.  

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