THE VEDAS – ETERNAL GLORY OF OUR TRADITION
Vedas are believed to be the Divine revelations from the Cosmic Space recognised by Ancient Rishis. No authorship has been ascribed to these ancient Scriptures. The Vedic Vibrations are eternally present in the Cosmic Space in a very subtle form. In ancient Yugas, the Vedas as known to humanity were much larger in content than it is known today. Sage Vyasa has classified the whole Vedas into four groups known as Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva. Sage Patanjali further divided these four into many branches or Shakhas. Rig Veda had twenty-one, Yajur Veda had one hundred and eight, Sama Veda had one thousand and Atharva Veda had nine shakhas. However, due to passage of time most of these have been lost to the present world. Of the remaining, one is of Rig Veda, Six are of Yajur Veda, Three are of Sama Veda and two are of Atharva Veda available now. It is already proven beyond doubt that Veda Mantras confer peace, prosperity and general well being of the whole world. It is our abundant duty to nourish and cherish the Vedas, which are the roots of our Culture and Sanatana Dharma for future generations.
Sri Sankara Gurukula Veda Patasala is one such Institution founded at the command and Blessings of His Holiness Sri Paramacharyal of Kanchi. With all our Respects & Obeisances and Pranams to this Great Sage at this juncture we remember his words: –
“The Vedas that Constitute the Scripture common to all and which reveal the Godhead that is common to us also teach us, how to lead our life, and – this is important – they do us the ultimate good by showing us in the end the way to become that very Godhead ourselves. They are our refuge both here and the hereafter and are the source and root of all our different traditions – all our systems of thought. All sects, all schools of thoughts, our religion, have their origin in Vedas. The Root is one but the branches are many. The Vedas are the source not only for the various divisions of Hinduism, but also for all the religions of the world that may be traced back to them. It is our bounden duty to preserve them for all time to come with their glory undiminished.”
The Sankara Gurukula Veda Patasala assures that it will live and serve for the study of Vedas and resultant prayers for the peace and welfare of the entire world keeping the above ideal words of Great Sage of Kanchi.