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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Vedas: Gateway to Peace

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By Narayani Ganesh 

'Why do birds prefer to stay on treetops during the 
night? Why aren't they seen on the ground after 
nightfall? According to ancient Hindu scriptures, birds 
possess special and sensitive powers of perception. At 
night, they 'see' the surface of the earth in flames. 
These flames reflect the intense energy trapped by the 
planet as a result of absorbing heat from the sun's rays 
all day long. 

The Vedas are replete with such tidbits, encapsulating a 
heady mix of science, logic, deduction and belief, claim 
Vedic scholars. Here's another piece of information that 
is expressed in beautiful verse: What can one do when 
faced with a dry season, when rains are eagerly awaited; 
when farmers look skywards, pleading with an unseen 
Power, praying for a good harvest? Get to the bottom of a 
dried up water body. Plough your fields with the rich 
natural fertiliser that can be easily accessed from these 
water beds. The soil from here is saturated with the dung 
and dirt from animals which frequented the place; with 
compost from leaves, twigs and natural wastes that have 
sunk and have been assimilated into this soil. 

Therefore, Vedic tips on how to deal with real-life 
situations may not all be outdated. Modern 
environmentalists and ecologists sometimes advocate what 
has already been talked about in Vedic scriptures. though 
couched in sophisticated technical and scientific terms. 
The Vedas are peppered with numerous tips on how to 
achieve welfare for all by working in conjunction with 
nature. 'Vedathil illadhadhu logathil illai' -- You can 
discover nothing on this earth that is not already 
present in the Vedas -- so goes a popular Tamil saying 
which is seconded by Vedic scholars who have studied 
these scriptures in great depth and detail. 

Vedic pundits aver that slokas or verses are composed and 
structured in a manner that their correct rendition can 
evoke rains in times of drought. Conversely, there are 
special slokas which when chanted with precision and in 
the right spirit can actually make the rains cease when 
there is too much of it. There's more. Slokas like the 
aprathiratha sooktam mantra chanted repeatedly right at 
the battle front, can actually will the enemy to retreat, 
never to return, claim Vedic pundits. 

Waxing eloquent on the power of Vedic chanting for 
universal welfare, a group of 12 eminent Vedic pundits 
have congregated at the Sri Krishna temple in the Capital 
from different parts of the country. They are 
participating in a Sampoorna Yajurveda Ghana Parayanam, 
an event that has been organised for the first time in 
Delhi. The Parayanam is a 29-day, eight-hours-a-day 
rendition of the verses of the Yajur Veda in the Ghana 
style, which is the most difficult of the five 
traditional methods of recitation. 

Handed down from generation to generation since the Vedic 
age through the guru-shishya parampara, committing to 
memory and reciting these verses comes from years of 
arduous practice. The five methods of recitation are Mula 
or Samhita, Pada, Krama, Jata and Ghana. Ghana, the last 
one, requires rendition in a complicated combination set 
to a rhythmic tone and is believed to possess high 
potency when chanted by Ghanapatins. The tempo goes like 
this: For Ghana, it is 1-2, 2-1, 1-2-3, 3-2-1. The five 
methods are progressive in scale of difficulty. For 
example, the tempo for Jata is: 1-2, 2-1, 1-2 following 
the pattern of a braid, as the name suggests. Also 
important is the timbre and tone. The number of students 
opting for the study of the Vedas up to the Ghana stage 
is dwindling. Hence this form of Vedic recitation is 

Sri S Krishnamurthy Ghanapatigal from Sathanur, 
Tamilnadu, says: ''The Vedas inform humankind about what 
is needed and what is not. They convey what is not 
observable with the eyes or the mind. They address not 
just brahmins and kings; they are equally applicable to 
the army, to students, to agriculturists -- in short, 
entire humankind. It is structured for the well-being of 
entire humanity, of all life. If they spell out ideas to 
improve agriculture, they also talk about behavioural 

''At the UN Millennium Summit, we are happy that 
religious leaders from different faiths and regions 
converged to talk about peaceful conflict resolution. In 
fact, the Vedas have a formula for conflict resolution, 
too. The aikamathya sooktam is a mantra in verse which 
when recited wherever there is conflict, can actually 
create an atmosphere conducive for peaceful and lasting 

(The scholars can be contacted at the Alakananda Dharmik 
Samaj, Sri Balavenugopalakrishna Temple till 17 
September, R-2, Institutional Area, Alaknanda, New Delhi 
110 019, Phone 6282730). 

Source - 

Hindu Wisdom 

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