Vedic discussions

March 30, 2017


To discuss the intricacies of yajna more clearly and in depth, it was decided to hold smaller round-table discussions as a regular feature in the institute's calendar of events. The first meeting in this series was held at New Delhi. The main focus of the meeting was Pandit Madhusudan Ojha's Yajnasarasvati. While discussing the practice of yajna and its various facets and values, it was pointed out that Vishnu or Hiranyagarbha was yajna from where the universe came into being. The second subject of discussion was sharirika-vijnana. Drawing from Ojhaji's book on Sharirika Vijnana, the true meaning of Brahma, moksha and srishti (creation) was discussed.

May 7, 2018

Veda and its true meaning

What is Veda? Is it a collection of texts? Is it a textbook for rituals? Is it a collection of mantras (hymns)? What makes the Vedas apaurusheya (not created by man)? Are the texts, the samhitas, different from Veda tatva? Or are they similar? These were some of the questions, profound and complex, which were at the heart of the discussions.

Attended by several professors from different universities in the city, the discussion centred on Pandit Motilal Shastri's explanation of Ojhaji's writings on the Vedas. Opening the discussion, Dr Ramanuj Upadhyaya, Assistant Professor, Department of Veda, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, said the central question whether the Veda was a text or essence remained as relevant today as in the past. He said there were two types of Vedas—mula (root) Veda and tula (shoot or branch) Veda. The Vedas are the origin of all creation and are apaurusheya. He said it was difficult to fully understand the mysteries of the Veda if it was considered only as a book of rituals.