By Shri Shri Anandamurti
The etymological meaning of the word ‘Veda’ is knowledge – of two types. One type is subject to time, space and person, and the other is realisation of Self, independent of all subjections. The former is called aparajnana, relative knowledge, because it is related to objects. The latter is parajnana, spiritual knowledge. Here the word, Veda, is used in the sense of spiritual knowledge.
One day, Vaedarbhi, the son of Bhrigu, asked the learned sage Pippalada, “My Lord, what is Brahmavijnana [Intuitional Science]? What is the relation between Brahmn and the world?” The sage replied: Just as the spokes are attracted to the hub of a wheel, similarly, every object in this universe is Brahmn-centric and thus has kept up its individual existence. The nucleus of the cosmic system is the source of all entities from the highest created being down to the lowest insect. Rig, incantations, Yaju, invocations, Sama, songs all are dependent on Brahmn, the source of their existence. The word praja means what is evolved. Brahmn is Prajapati, lord of evolved objects for he is the controller of all.
Prajapati Brahmn moves about in the womb as the embryo and when it is born, the event, in fact, should actually be called the reflex birth of Brahmn instead of his birth, because all created entities are merely manifestations of Brahmn. For instance, there is only one moon, but its reflection falling in the countless footprints of cows (Gospada) appears as countless moons. No new moons are created. The same moon is being reflected in several receptacles. Similarly, one Brahmn is manifesting in an infinite number of units in countless mental receptacles. Brahmn is Absolute Bliss. That is why the units or microcosms are always racing with the help of their sensory and motor organs towards their inner selves, towards the attainment of happiness. So it is said that knowingly or unknowingly, the units are moving towards Brahmn, filled with inspiration.
Several times in the Atharva Veda the word, ‘Prana’ has been used to mean Purusha, and the word, ‘Rayi’ to mean Prakriti. The word ‘Deva’ means the carrier of sensations, that is, organs and nerves. Through these the body expresses a sensation or feeling and that is why they are called devas or gods of the microcosmic body. But these organs and nervous systems are completely dependent on the spine for their existence and functions. Sensation is transmitted along the spine and that is why without a spine the unit would be a motionless, inert, fleshy mass.
A shloka declares that, what spine is to the unit, Brahmn is to the universe. Without Brahmn the universe would be utterly destroyed, the seed of the imagination would be completely obliterated. According to an ancient custom, death rites in honour of the deceased used to be performed by using svadha mantra – an invocation chanted while offering a sacrifice to the spirits of the dead. That is why, it is said that Brahmn, as the first and foremost point in order of succession, is as important to all mundane objects as the first recipient of obsequial oblations is, to the subsequent ones … Without truthfulness intellectual expansion towards the Supreme is not possible.
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DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.