Vedic Thoughts (An Old and Rare Book)

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Introduction

The holy Vedas are a goldmine of information. Indeed a fountain of celestial knowledge where the inquisitive ones may quench their thirst. In Vedic Thoughts, the author has gleaned mantras and thoughts that boost our morale, lift our spirits and recharge our batteries to combat the rigours of life and emerge victorious mentally, physically, emotionally and most important spiritually.

The divine knowledge in the Vedas, given at the time of creation by God to the Rishis, is not only for spiritual guidance of Mankind but also for providing a code of conduct for the individuals as well as the society at large. We say AUM SHANTIH, seeking peace not only of our inner self but also for making our environment all around us friendly for all. The author in the following pages has illustrated how the divine sound AUM provides not only Shanti (peace) for self but also for the surroundings. And chanting of AUM gives Shakti (power) both mental and physical.

Vedic Thoughts is a sincere and successful effort of the author to illustrate that the knowledge contained in the Vedas is not meant for the old and aged alone but is the beacon light for men and women of all age groups. The high achievers of today, those on the top rung of the social and financial ladders, those in the fast lane of life are prone to crash at the fatal speedbreaker named DEPRESSION. The dreaded depression does not strike the old and the lonely alone. It strikes right at the heart of the most happening people too; for often it is lonely at the top. The author quotes from the Vedas guiding readers to an even pace of life filled with inner peace far removed from bearing the heavy cross of depression.

Through his indepth knowledge of the Vedas, the author illustrates how a death blow can be dealt on DEPRESSION by regular recital of and meditation on mantras and translating teachings into action in day-to-day life.

Taking a leaf out of Swami Dayanand Saraswati's treatise Satyarth Prakash, the author has succeeded in bringing the Vedic Dharma and its simple teachings closer to the readers. In an effort to cleanse the human society and free it from superstitious beliefs and costly but meaningless practices the author has illustrated the thoughts from the Rishi's witings. The Vedic Dharma, free of religious malpractices, appeals to the common masses and becomes a part of their daily routine. The Vedic Thoughts brings out the pristine glory of the Dharma based on the Vedas and endears it to Mankind all over the world.

Simple values of life; always speak the truth, follow the path of righteousness, are not mere words but easily implementable practices which lead to a happier and hassle-free existence. The book Vedic Thoughts also dwells on the life of great men like Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram and Yogeshwar Shri Krishna who rose to the high pedestal and were called Gods (mistakenly though). It was by dint of their integrity, character, truthful thoughts and actions that they rose to become MAHAPURUSH.

The author in Vedic Thoughts urges the readers to emulate the life of these great men. Calling them God takes away from their hard effort and a life they led by example. Vedic Thoughts lays down that we too can reach their stature by following the path shown by them and emulating their actions.

The divine knowledge in the Vedas is not the property of any class of people or strata of society. It be-longs to one and all and is for all age groups. So while Vedic Thoughts addresses the septuagenarians and octogenarians and exhorts them to smile, do Pranayam, physical exercises and contribute to the welfare of the society it also cautions the youth against the dangers of AIDS and advises those entering the Grahastha Ashram (second ashram or stage of life) on how to make the marriage work.

The Vedas are clear on the importance and sancitity of the institution of marriage and Vedic Thoughts advises those tying the nuptial knot to respect one another apart from emphasizing the equality of sexes. No marriage can be successful if women are not respected and given the status they deserve in the family. Of course, the need for mutual respect and sacrifice cannot be underscored. These are some of the subjects the author Jas laid stress on. These are the issues raised not only in the Arya Samaj but also debated on the social platforms all over the world. The author visited social and educational institutions both in India and in the United Kingdom and also addressed congregations of varied nature at various fora during the course of his Vedic Dharma prachar.

**Contents and Sample Pages**