Categories: Vedic Science and Vedic Tradition
For the sake of convenience, Vedas are referred to as religious texts (but a text is something that has a beginning and an end). The Vedas are believed to be the embodiment of spiritual knowledge that came from the Gods through the ancient Indian Rishis or seers. And knowledge cannot be confined in a text. Vedas are believed to be eternal and timeless and therefore as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago when first revealed.
More than a religious text, the ancient Vedas are a set of guidelines by which to lead life. These guidelines that cover every aspect of life from the basis of what is today called ancient Vedic wisdom from India.
Veda means ‘wisdom’ or ‘knowledge’. Ancient Vedic wisdom from India incorporates several scientific concepts that are being proven by Western science today. It would be no exaggeration to state that every element in the ancient Indian Vedas has a strong scientific basis. Perhaps, this was divine intervention or plain common sense or maybe something more. We shall never know. But the fact is that ancient Vedic wisdom from India has produced concepts that are of immense value today.
Some of the beneficial concepts derived from the ancient Vedic wisdom of India include the following:
Yoga is one of the tools put forth by the Vedas to lead a more fulfilling life. Yoga, which literally means union, refers to the union of the individual consciousness with the supreme consciousness. This can be achieved only with complete awareness of one’s self which is the purpose of Yoga. Another aim that the ancient Vedas intended people to achieve through the regular practice of yoga is to be able to control and calm the mind. Once your mind is under your control, you are able to think clearly and rationally, to make the best decisions.
Ayurveda refers to the science of healing that stems from the ancient Vedic wisdom. The term is derived from two words – ayu meaning ‘life’ and veda meaning ‘science’. Ayurveda therefore refers to the ‘science of life’. Ayurevda believes in the connection between body and mind and the impact of nature on the health or illness of the individual.
3. Vedic Astrology (Jyotish)-
Vedic astrology refers to the science predicting the future of an individual based on date, time and place of birth. Based on this information, the person’s birth chart is created. This is achieved through complex mathematical and astronomical calculations that determine the planetary positions on that date, at that time at that particular location (latitude and longitude).
4. Vedic Mathematics-
The concept of Vedic mathematics offers an alternative approach to various math aspects such as algebra, geometry, calculus and trigonometry. The basis of Vedic mathematics lies in its 16 easy to memorize ‘sutras’ or threads of knowledge that help solve complex mathematical problems like reciprocals, squares and cubes with their roots and multiple simultaneous equations quickly and mentally (without the use of calculators). This of course is good exercise for your brain and keeps you mentally fit and agile.
In addition, there are several other Vedic sciences- such as Sound Therapy, Quantum & Energetic Studies among others.