The Founder’s Vision
The Vedas are the oldest record of the insights and intellectual attainments of human mind.The answers to several questions which are baffling scientists and philosophers today are contained within the treasure-house of the Vedas.
The body of knowledge, consisting of four principal texts and six auxiliary disciplines, are known collectively as the Veda shastra. They explore and elucidate the fundamental mysteries of our universe.
The Vedas are works of vidya or vijnana, both of which terms have been translated as `science`. However, it must be understood that the `science` of the Vedas is vastly different from modern science. The Veda vidya deals with the factors, principles and processes which lie behind natural phenomena. vijnana means `variety of knowledge` or to be more exact, the knowledge of variety. The knowledge of how this variegated and diverse universe evolves from one source is jnana and the knowledge of how that one source grows into a diverse, plural world of great variety is the field of vijnana.
We have somehow missed out on the exhilarating results of the incisive enquiries made ealier in our history. These include enquiries into the mysteries of nature and the processes and forces that create, sustain and ultimately subsume us.
A comprehensive study of the Veda Shastra, specially the insights bequeathed to us by Pandit Madhusudan Ojha and Pandit Motilal Shastri will open up immense possibilities for human mind to achieve a breakthrough.
The study of the Vedas, especially of the stream of knowledge unveiled by Pandit Madhusudan Ojha and continued by Pandit Motilal Shastri, therefore, must begin by cleaning our mind of the dust and dirt piled onto it over several centuries.
For this, a large number of technical terms need to be understood in order to comprehend the subtleties and complexities or Veda vijnana. Pandit Motilal Shastri devoted his entire life to keep this tradition alive and take it forward. I have tried to discharge my debt to my Guru to the best of my limited ability.
But this is not enough. A lot more work needs to be done. Several scholars have to be involved. Centres of Vedic learning have to participate.
It is a work of several lifetimes. But it must be done. For the sake of humanity.
The text is excerpted from the opening remarks given by Rishi Kumar Mishra at a seminar organised to mark the centenary year of Pandit Motilal Shastri on September 20, 2008 at New Delhi.
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