About the Book
In Yajurveda we have 1975 verses, it not only lays down rules for the performance of various duties, yajnas, but also lays utmost stress on right actions. All good actions constitute yajna. It describes all forms of right actions from birth to death and contains the fundamentals of spirituality and vibrant living.
Yajurveda is knowledge of the science of living, being as well as becoming, at the individual and the collective level in relation to Nature, humanity and Divinity. There is nothing unrelated, nothing isolated in the world. The universe is Purusha, a living, breathing, intelligent, self organising, sovereign system, the sole ruler and ordainer of which is the Cosmic Spirit, Brahma Supreme. We all are intelligent cells in the cosmic body, living and participating in the world for the fulfilment of personal as well as Divine purpose.
Life is a gift of Lord Savita, Giver of light and life. We thank the Lord, and the Lord enjoins us to the highest action, yajna, positive, creative and collective activity in a state of good health, freedom and prosperity.
Yajurveda celebrates the glory of active life: the preparation for living, love and marriage for the joy of family life, retirement, community life of Varna-Ashram Dharma, national and international organisation, Rashtra and Swaraj , Parliamentary Democracy, duties of the people and the rulers, this on the social side. Then knowledge of body, mind and soul, birth and rebirth, journey of the soul across birth and death, self-realisation through comprehensive living in organismic relationship with Nature, humanity and the Lord Supreme. In short, life is a four-act play in the eternal drama of existence in which we have countless exits and entrances, without beginning and without end.
The vibrancy of life is capped with the warning of death, which too is a gateway to life again or to the ultimate freedom of Moksha.
From the Jacket
Vedas are the Eternal Word of God. He out of His infinite eternal mercy reveals Vedic knowledge in the beginning of creation for the requirements of the soul, its spiritual satisfaction, fulfillment of its thirst for truth and making its journey of life successful.
In the beginning Yajurveda was revealed by God to Rishi Vayu. It forms the- essential basis of human civilization. Yajurveda also spells the famous Gayatri Mantra which is a prayer for illumination of the soul and is recited in all Hindu households with great reverence.
The Yajurveda teaches and explains all aspects and needs of human conduct which may be helpful in making life cultured and sublime.
Yajurveda also contains the essence of the true religion (Dharma), social behaviour, right conduct, good governance, principles, of economy, industry and other related matters.
About the Author
Dr. Tulsi Ram Sharma M.A. English (Delhi, 1949), Ph.D. (London, 1963) has been a university professor, academic administrator, researcher, and writer of long standing with prestigious assignments.
Besides his professional studies of secular literature in English, Hindi, Sanskrit and Urdu, Dr Tulsi Ram Sharma has devoted his life and time to the study and discipline of Sacred literature specially Vedas, Upanishads, Darshan Philosophy, Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata with concentration on the Bhagwad Gita. Greek, Roman, Sumerian and English Epics, Gathas of Zarathustra, Bible, Quran, and the writings of Swami Dayananda, and Swami Vivekananda, in search of the essential values of Sanatan Vedic Dharma with reference to their realisation in life and literature through social attitudes, collective action, customs, traditions, rituals and religious variations across the fluctuations of history.
Dr. Tulsi Ram Sharma M.A. English (Delhi, 1949), Ph.D. (London, 1963) has been a university professor, academic administrator, researcher, and writer of long standing with prestigious assignments:
Lecturer in English, Hans Raj College, Delhi
Reader in the Department of English, Kurukshetra University,
Principal Shivaji College, Delhi
Principal Swami Shraddhanand College, Delhi
Visiting Ford Foundation Scholar, University of Leeds, Leeds
Professor of English, Department of Languages, B.I.T.S. Pilani
Professor Head of the Department of English, Maharshi
Dayanand University, Rohtak (Haryana)
Besides his professional studies o, secular literature in English, Hindi, Sanskrit and Urdu, Dr. Tulsi Ram Sharma has devoted his life and time to the study and discipline of Sacred literature, specially Vedas, Upanishads, Darshan Philosophy, Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata with concentration on the Bhagwad Gita, Greek, Roman, Sumerian and English Epics, Gathas of Zarathustra, Bible, Quran, and the writings of Swami Dayananda and Swami Vivekananda, in search of the essential values of Sanatan Vedic Dharma with reference to their realisation in life and literature through social attitudes, collective action, customs, traditions, rituals and religious variations across the fluctuations of history.
Dr. Tulsi Ram Sharma’s research and publications include:
The Neo-Classical Epic: an Ethical Interpretation (Delhi, 1971)
Trading in Language: The Story of English in India 1781-1981
The Original Philosophy of Yoga: Commentary on the Yoga-Sutras of Patanjali (Gurukul Jhajjar, Haryana, 1989) Bharat Main Angrezi: Kya Khoya Kya Paya (Delhi, 1997)
Swami Dayananda’s Vision of Truth (Delhi, 2002)
Translation of Nine Upanishads (Delhi, 1992)
Translation of Swami Dayananda’s Sanskar Vidhi (Delhi, 1995)
Translation of Swami Dayananda’s short writings in Dayananda Granth Mala (paropakarini Sabha, Ajmer, Rajasthan, 1999)
Translation of Swami Satya Pati’s God Realisation through Simple Yoga (Delhi, 2000)
And a number of articles such as:
“Swami Vivekananda’s Vision of Man” (Prabuddha Bharat, 1979)
“G.D. Birla: Gandhi’s child”, in Birla Felicitation Volume (BITS, Pilani, Rajasthan, 1984)
“Search for a Medium of Instruction in India”, in Mitra Felicitation Volume (BITS, Pilani, Rajasthan, 1984)
“Shakespeare as a Creative Yogi” in Shakespeare, the Indian Icon
And now: Voice of the Vedas, in the Arsha tradition of Maharshi Yaska and Swami Dayananda.
Dr. Tulsi Ram Sharma has spent the last ten years on this translation of the four Vedas, all the time saying: “I came for this”. While English has been the language of his professional communication, Sanskrit is the voice of his life and living.
About the Dr. Tulsi Ram Sharma’s
English translation of the Yajurveda
I feel myself fortunate and blest with the Grace of God that I received a few pages of the English translation of the Yajurveda with introduction by Dr. Tulsi Ram Sharma. The comparative views expressed by him about the Vedas are essential for every student of the Veda.
Its conclusion is true: “In short Veda is an eternal articulation of omniscience, the voice of God”. That is why it is a further pointer to scientific research in the field of Vedic interpretation.
Each work of Prasthana Trayi, i.e., Vedanta, Upanishads and Gita is not a take off from the Vedas but a continuation of Vedic studies in its own context of meditation, meditative teaching and