Anand V. Hudli
anandhudli at HOTMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 24 11:01:12 CDT 1999
> The four veda-s have many shAkA-s which it was pointed out recently
>that many were lost and inaccessibe at the present time(question 2)!
>When we do not know what constitutes the entire corpus of veda-s how
>can one claim to be vedic? One of those shAkA-s might have had
>principles which say Islam follows expounded in it with allah-upanishad
>(there was a news article about something like allah-upanishad few
>2) How can the lost veda-s be reclaimed if there are no mantra
>draShta-s at this age. It was pointed out recently that tradition holds
>that there are no more mantra draShta-s (or something to that effect).
>Making such an assumption seems very unfair and unreasonable to me.
There is not much difference between the mantra portions of two
shAkhAs of the SAME veda. For example, the kANva and mAdhyandina
shAkhAs of the shukla yajur veda have only minor differences in
saMhitA portion that contains mantras such as. for example, the
rudra-adhyAya. There may be differences in the brAhmaNa portions
of shAkhAs belonging to the same veda but again, the differences
are not in the essence but in the treatment of details involving
sacrifices, as for example, in the aitareya and kaushItaki brAhmaNas
of the R^ig veda.
There may be differences between the AraNyakas (that contain the
upanishhads, the vedAnta) of shAkhAs belonging to the same veda
but again the essence remains the same. Even when we consider the
upanishhads belonging to different vedas, for example, the
chhAndogya and the bR^ihadAraNyaka, there is not much difference
in the fundamental message of the upanishhad.
Although it is a great loss to us that so many shAkhAs of the vedas
disappeared from the face of the earth, we still have some hope as long
as there are some shAkhAs of each veda. The loss would be significant
if ALL shAkhAs of a particular veda are completely lost. Then we would
have to wait for the next satya-yuga as Jaldhar mentioned to see the
revelation of all the vedas and shAkhAs to the Rishis.
As far as claiming to be vedic, it is sufficient if one follows
just his own shAkhA or veda without worrying what happens to the other
Vedas. Shankara has written commentaries on all major upanishhads
which cover all vedas. Therefore, one can find all he needs to be
vedic by following his own Veda. Of course, it is better if other
vedas, besides one's own, are known because it will help in keeping
the tradition of other vedas.
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