Sunday, February 3, 2013
The Uncanny Vedas – Reveal Secrets of Life.
After leading normal lives for three to four decades something happens to us, suddenly we realize nothing is right in this world. Crime rate has spiraled, corruption and fraud is rampant, terrorism kills innocent people and billions wallow in poverty. The world is falling apart chaos is all around us. This spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings arouses us from the savage torpor of listless insensitiveness towards a politically corrupt society. Grief overcomes us, yet we do not want to turn our back on this world. Our blind faith is an irrational fomenting of lies, and we reluctantly have to admit religion makes nothing happen and hymns cannot cure this affliction. The literary study of the Vedas propels us into uncharted realms of our minds. Unlike the complicated densely worded holy books and scriptures which have little to do with the real world, Vedanta addresses the more sublime co-ordinates of our world. It may seem more philosophical but expresses the universal rather than the literary. What we take for granted is shattered as epiphany follows our minds. The purpose of the Vedas is to make one more sensitive to the irreducible intricacies of the real world and enable us to form informed judgments about what is right and wrong. We don’t miss the trees for the forests; flora and fauna ignite the concrete realities. The chilly light of winter exposed the enigmas of longing and torment in a decadent society. Vedas spells out the abstruse making the strange familiar, a going back into nature, it lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the universe, shocking us into awareness’ of the plight of others, the more compassion we have the more beauty we appreciate. Morality lies in our imagination, the bizarre and cryptic - like grass, the sky and stars seen as metaphors become more lucid than ever before, we learn how to cope.