Vedic View of Life - A Holistic Science of life and Art of Living

Nov 03, 2013
From times immemorial Human beings have wondered about the mystery of creation and destruction, life and death, cosmos and consciousness, energy and matter. He has always been looking for the Creator. He has wondered about the forces of nature and tried to solve the mystery of his own Existence. He has formulated different views, theories and beliefs based on his experiences. The search is eternal. In this struggle human societies have developed all types of religious beliefs and theories from total rejection of God to full faith in God, from One God to No God. Today we have a full spectrum of world views from total liberalism, to pluralism to fundamentalism. Long before the current so called western or materialistic word view started dominating the world over the last two centuries, the Rishis of Bharat dwelled deep into understanding the above mentioned issues. The search was to explore the Inner Being through many techniques or methods of Sadhana and acquiring Supra-mental powers called Siddhis. The knowledge acquired by many great Rishis has been compiled by Ved Vyas in the four great books of knowledge known as Vedas.

Today we have met under the auspices of Poojya Dada Bhagwan’s forum to pay tribute to his great contribution in the lineage of our great Vedic Rishis. The subject matter is too complex to deal with in a short talk of a few minutes but for devotees the joy of grasping the essence of the subject by learning from the austere life of Poojya Dada Bhagwan is relatively simple.

The Vedic view of life is based on the Holistic science of life. It is a method to grasp the Whole and visualize the Reality as a One Single Entity, an Integral Whole in contrast to the modern scientific method of looking at Reality composed of small individual units put together giving an impression of synthetic unity. This method is known as reductionism giving the mechanistic world view. The beginning of earlier science and technology depended on this Newtonian model but in the last century, a big transition has occurred due to the development of quantum physics introduced by Einstein. It has not only transformed the world due to nuclear power, worldwide web and high speed transportation but challenged the Objective world view of science by introducing the interplay of consciousness and matter. The modern scientific theories have crossed the borders of physical reality and accepted the idea that what is known as reality is influenced by the consciousness of the observer. The Rishis of Vedic times and the modern Rishis like Paramhansa Ramkrishna, Swami Vivekananda,Sri Aurbindo, Sri Raman Maharshi and others have gone beyond by becoming one with Satchidananda. The holistic view of life has declared the Reality as the wholeness of creation and Oneness of Self. This realization is also known as Self Realization as Self is our Aatman and it is only a holographic image of Parmatman or Infinite Bliss. The experience of Bliss or Ananda is the attribute of Chit (the full awareness of everything known and unknown in our universe and beyond).

The methods of reductionism apply many powerful tools and instruments to understand both the subtle most particles and the farthest galaxies in the universe. The Rishis developed an art of living to purify the most powerful tool,” Our Mind” with a view to transcend the mind and experience the transcendental reality.  As they explored the Inner Being, they made the discoveries expressed as Maha Vakyas of the Vedas.

The first Mahavakya, “ Pragnanam Brahma” of Aitareya Upanishad of Rig Veda. It means Brahman is identical with Gnan or the Knowledge of Reality to be Brahman..

The second Mahavakya, “Ayamatma Brhhma”from the Mandukya Upanishad of Atharva veda. It means The Atma is Brahman. This is the basis of Advaita.

The third Mahavakya from Chandogya Upanishad of the Sam Veda,”Tat Tvam Asi” It means That You are. In other words you are Brahman.

The fourth Mahavakya of Brahadaranyaka Upnishad of  Yajurveda, “Aham Brahmasmi” This is the ultimate experience of Oneness of Self with Brahman.

For experiencing the transcendental reality, the system of Astanga Yoga was developed by Rishi Patanjali. It is charting a course for everyone who aspires to experience the TRUTH. Yoga is the art of living for human beings for Inner Growth to experience the Satchidananda. 

For sincere seekers the one scripture to follow is Shreemad Bhavad Geeta. In the eighteen cantos and seven hundred fifty verses, Shree Krishna has given the essence of all Vedas and Upanishads for one to practice in daily life. According to Vedic view human being is a spiritual being and the spiritual evolution is the ultimate purpose of life.

According to Sri Aurobindo the most vital issue of the age is whether the future progress of humanity is to be governed by the modern economic and materialistic mind of the West or by a noble pragmatism guided, uplifted and enlightened by spiritual culture and knowledge.

“ Yasya sarvani bhutaniaatmanev anupashyati

Sarva bhuteshu cha aatmana, tato na vijigupste” Yajurveda4016

“One who sees himself in every being and one who sees the same aatma in every being and hence cannot hate anyone.”

- Dr. Mahesh Mehta, Boston