VEDA - Vedas and Vedic Knowledge OnlineQuote of the day:
Indexes of main sections are in the left column.
_Major_ additions, updates, news and upcoming holiday-related items from the last six months:
April 19: update - Parents (CBh 28 part; an exchange on dharma vs paradharma)
April 17: update - Avataras (quotes on Sri Krsna as the avatari)
April 14: update - Jiva (Parama samhita quotes on the cause of jiva's fall - the end of the controversy ;)
April 12: update - Devotee (Parama samhita quotes vs. mundane charity)
April 1 (for Prague): Sri Ramanujacarya's 1000th avirbhava anniversary!
March 30: update - Rathayatra (quotes)
March 25: update - Brahmana (quotes on ritual purity)
March 21: update - Disciple's qualifications (quotes from Parama samhita)
February 25: update - Srimad-Bhagavatam (SB mahatmya from Skanda Purana, en, cz)
February 3: update - Srimad-Bhagavatam (SB mahatmya Skanda Purana excerpts)
February 1: update - Astrotables (inauspicious time periods)
January 21: update - Vaisnava aparadhas (Satvata tantra quotes)
January 21: update - Vaisnava (Satvata tantra quotes)
January 7: update - Siva (Saiva vs. Vaisnava sastras)
December 16: Lakshmi Sahasranama Stotram from Skanda Purana (Balaram font; for Harvard-Kyoto version see the index)
December 7: update - Harinama (Narada Pancaratra quotes)
December 3: Jaganmangala kavaca (Narada_Pancaratra 1.5.1-23)
November 19: update - Caitanya (a note on missing refs)
November 15: update - Opponents (JW info)
November 9, 12: update - SB phala srutis (added section, number fixes)
November 5: update - Sastras and Studies (Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya quotes)
November 5: update - Radhastami (Radha and Krsna stotras from Narada Pancaratra)
October 31: update - Siva (structural links, added info)
Vedas and Vedic culture: what you won't learn at schools
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
- Hamlet (1.5.167-8)
If you want to "be someone", if you want to be viewed as doing something valuable for society, you must have an education. In school we can learn many things but unfortunately not the important, existential ones. These are elaborated on in Vedas, a sort of manuals how to use this world, how to live in it as well as how to transcend it. Obviously, they should be available to everyone.
"Veda" is Sanskrit word for "knowledge". Sanskrit was the language of ancient Vedic civilization. Vedic culture, based on Vedic scriptures (sastras) called Vedas, flourished all over the ancient world with center in India, formerly known as Bharata-varsa. See the section Connections for more.
Vedas are the most ancient literary works on Earth, at the same time with the profoundest and widest scope. They cover all fields of knowledge, material and spiritual. The real treasures of the East weren't jewels, spices or exotic perfumes but the amazing treasure house of this sacred and universal knowledge which is increasingly validated by modern science and embraced by leading corporations, professionals and leaders around the world. It also trickles down into the popular culture thru media of all kinds. At the same time, our recent scientific and technological efforts can only to some extent approach the ancient Vedic material advancement while the Vedic spirituality is much more elevated than anything found anywhere else. This is not an exaggeration but a plain fact.
VEDA is one-of-its-kind resource related to the Vedas and Vedic culture. Although there are many different encyclopedias, until 2001 there has been no encyclopedia focused on Vedic culture available to the wide public (if we don't take into account several dictionaries and encyclopedias published in India and used mainly by scholars). This, together with recent increase of interest in Eastern philosophy, ancient civilizations, alternative paradigms and a lack of comprehensive online resources, inspired the creation of this site.
Its four main sections, Bhakti-yoga, Connections, Vedic Encyclopedia and Vedic
Library, contain over 580 articles and freely downloadable files with all kinds
of information related to Vedic philosophy and culture. There are also links to
many other related resources and relevant books to buy through
Amazon. The affiliate payments go to Sastra Dana
USA, the program of subsidized distribution of Srila Prabhupada's books.
Because Vedas are vast and variegated, VEDA specifically focuses on Gaudiya Vaishnava Vedanta, the cream of Vedic philosophy, expounded by Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, avatar of this Kali-yuga, and brought to the West by its foremost recent exponent Shri Shrimad A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. You can find more details about this site and its development in About VEDA.
We'll be glad if you put a link on your personal site, blog or social profile and spread the word. With topically relevant sites we are ready to exchange links. Suggestions, corrections, donations, cooperation etc. are most welcome - please contact us.
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