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Last updated on January 28, 2003.
the science of aatmaa (soul)
All the rushio and munio
of vedik lifestyle were inspired to reveal to humanity all the knowledge of
creation, sustenance of creation and absorption of creation back into the
sub-creators and ultimately into the creator bRHmH.
This knowledge is called veD.
SHRii kruSHAN says in the beginning of Chapter 4
of bhgvd gitaa that his knowledge called veD
which is being forgotten by the mankind because it stopped being handed down
from father to the son during the end stage of dvaapr-yug. End of
dvaapar-yug was when SHRii kruSHAN said the above to arjun on
the day of the start of the mhaa-bhaart war some 5000 years ago.
The loss of veD increase in the present era of kli-yug which is only 5104 years
old this year and has another 426,896 years to go before sty-yug of
the next mhaa-yug dawns. In the present era of kli-yug
veD is being revived and remembered through
to a physical extent through what we call current or modern science.
Our creator bRHmH
inspires us with veD knowledge when we pray.
Those of our parents who live veDik lifestyle
inspires their children when the parents and the children stay continually connected with
each other and serve each other according to DHARm
of each with
respect, reverence and gratitude. Our teachers inspire us continuously
when we offer ourselves as students whose DHARm
is a wish to have continual, uninterrupted
and unending desire to learn for the sake of acquiring knowledge. Our spouses inspire us continuously when we
stay connected to them continually for mutual respect, reverence, gratitude,
love and care and for upholding the mutual DHARm of gruhsth-aaSHRm
through our married life. Our children inspire us continuously when we
stay continually connected to them for
nurturing and guiding their life growth through the DHARm
of parenting, guiding and friendship.
Everyone in the entire creation inspires us if we continually
co-exists in titiKSH
mode based on compliance to ritt
sty. Compliance to ritt
means living live by abiding by the universal laws which sustains all
creation based on DHARm which is the
operating and controlling system of creation to sustain itself. Compliance to
sty means living life based on what is truth of not hurting anybody
anytime through thoughts, words and karma (actions). Co-existing in tittksh
mode means to co-exist with each and everyone of the fellow creations respecting the
fellow creation as it is with its own characteristics given by creator bRHmH
and letting the fellow creation lead its own life in its domain given by creator bRHmH.
titiKSH mode is to live and to let live mutual without mutual
In order to live veDik lifestyle
in a titiKSH
mode one need to have knowledge of veD.
Therefore, Prajaapati Vishva Aashram Foundation (PVAF), in continuing to implement its mandate of
inspiring to attain knowledge
in all humans presents every day on this Aashram News page articles on practice
of ved knowledge in one's life ....All
this with a prayer to creator bRHmH
to bless us with a happy today, happier tomorrow and future of progress, prosperity
and well-being with use of knowledge about oneself which is called aadhyaatmaa
- the knowledge about one's aatmaa
(soul) and aatmaa's relation with our physical body and aatmaa's
relation with its creator bRHmH....
SNskrut & NEW PHONETIC BASED SPELLING OF SNskrut WORDS
All the sNskrut
words in the write-ups on this web site are in italics. The meaning
of these sNskrut words as transcribed in English language is
being continually included in the Sanskrit
on this web site....It is imperative to understand the full meanings
of these sNskrut words in order to understand the teachings of ved.
So please make an effort to visit the Sanskrit Glossary...the
kARm-fl will be eternal aanNd (bliss).
words are spelled as near as possible to the original sNskrut
phonetics. Phonetic based spelling may seem to be different than
normal usage but if the sNskrut words are not spelled and
pronounced correctly the meanings could change drastically. An
alphabet chart of such phonetics spellings is being developed at Prajaapati
Vishva Aashram Foundation (PVAF) and
will be shared here as soon as it is available. In the meantime
think as a veDik bhaartiy (Indian) and veDik genetics
of the humankind will let you pronounce the sanskrit words
in here correctly.
---------------om bRHmHye nmh:......................
nmh:, nmskaar, pRANaam, vaNDn
nmh:, nmskaar, pRANaam,
from puraaAN, itiHaas and
In veDik lifestyle, each
and every living creations is an aatmaa (soul). Each
aatmaa is a reflection of creator bRHmH's own
aatmaa in pRkruti. Creator bRHmH
is non-manifested. But creator bRHmH manifests own
aatmaa and the powers of own aatmaa in
pRkruti. Through pRkruti creator
bRHmH takes forms of infinite number of creations each with an
individual naam (name) and ruup (form).
This process of manifested creation occurs through yog
(union) of creator bRHmH's two shktio
(powers) called maayaa and chaeetniy.
For the manifested creation to occur
first creator bRHmH empowers maayaa with
3-gun shkti of sttv, rjs and tms
transforming maayaa into pRkruti. These
3-guno are then kept in unbalanced state residing in
pRkruti meaning all the 3-guno have varying
magnitude of shktio.
After forming pRkruti with
3-guno creator bRHmH enlivens or animates
pRkruti with powers of creation by merging
chaeetniy of bRHmH in the naam and
ruup of puruSH with pRkruti with
pRkruti of 3-guno through the process called
yog. The resulting state from this yog of
puruSH and pRkruti is called mht.
Out of mht, creator bRHmH creates
buddhi with 4 shktio of GNaan, vaeeraagya, aessvARy
and DHARm, aHNkaar with 3 shktio of
GNaan, kriyaa and DRRvy, 5-tanmaaTR,
5-mhaa-bhuto in the sequential order as listed.
Out of 5-maa-bhuto all the
creations which are seen or unseen by naked eye are created by
creator bRHmH through sub-creator 3-shktio
in the naam and ruup of bRHmaa-dev and
saavitri-devi, viSHANu-dev and
lKSHmi-devi and srsvti-devi and shiv-dev
and durgaa-devi. Creator bRHmH pervades all
these creations and empowers them to perform their designated
Each and every creation that is created
from 5-mhaa-bhuto is endowed by creator bRHmH with
its own individual astitv, meaning inherent
characteristics of gun and shkti. This
astitv empowers each creation to function uniquely and
individually and with icchaa-shkti (power of free will).
This astitv in each creation is provided by Creator
bRHmH with the creation of 5-GNaaneNDRRiyo,
5-kARmeNDRRiyo, aNtkrAN and pRaaAN.
aNtkrAN consists of 4-component shktio:
mns (mind), buddhi (intellect),
aHNkaar (shkti which gives I-ness, me-ness
and mine-ness) and chetan (consciousness). pRaaAN
consists of 5 component shktio which empowers a the
living body of creation to be alive and functioning. These 5 component
shktio of pRaaAN are smaan,
uDyaan, vyaan, apaan and pRaaAN.
All of the above components of creation
out of pRkruti are called ttv. Each
ttv is empowered by creator bRHmH residing
in the ttv in the naam and ruup
of adhikaari. Each adhikaari is a
bRHmH's shkti which performs some definite, designated,
individual empowering function in a creation.
Each individual creation then is made
alive or inanimate by creator bRHmH. A creation is made
alive by yog of aatmaa of that creation
with the creation. This aatmaa given to a creation is
reflection of creator bRHmH's own aatmaa in
pRkruti. This reflected aatmaa has
bRHmH's inherent 3-fold shktio of being
sARv-vyaapi (omni-presence), sARv-shkti
(omni-potent) and sARv-GNaani (omni-scient). But this
reflected aatmaa in pRkruti is provided with niyat
(constraints). This niyat constraints and limits its
3-fold inherent shktio through mal,
kARm and maayaa. This aatmaa with
niyat is called jiv.
mal restrains jiv's
druk-shakti (omni-science) and kriyaa-shakti
(power of performing everything meaning restraint on omni-potency).
Through constraint of maayaa's aavrAN-shkti jiv feels
itself apart and different from bRHmH and thinks
itself not as aatmaa but as a living body. Through
maayaa's vikshep-shakti jiv is constrained not to
see bRHmH as itself but to see bRHmH's
manifestations as creations as individually separate from bRHmH.
kARm binds jiv to all other creations in
pRkruti with the raag (attachment of love,
affection and addiction) and dvuNdvuN (pairs of opposite
bhaav (experiences) such as heat and cold, love and hate,
sukh and dukh, etc). niyat provided by kARm
is what keeps jiv in sNsaar whereby
jiv keeps on going through birth-death cycles to receive the
kARm-fl (fruits of kARm) which have to be
received once a kARm is performed. Please look up the
full meanings of all the sNskrut words which are in
italics and bold in SANSKRIT GLOSSARY
on this web site to fully understand the above veD
knowledge which is the science of creation of the universe and all the
individual entities in the universe.
From the above, a living being's
aatmaa is the same as creator bRHmH's
aatmaa but constrained by mal, kARm and
maayaa and is called jiv. Conversely if one is
able to remove the three constraints of mal, kARm and
maayaa then one's jiv becomes bRHmH's
aatmaa. With this understanding the meaning of the following
3-mhaa-vaaky in upnishad becomes meaningful:
tt tvm asi
= You (jiv) are That (bRHmH)
= I (jiv) am bRHmH
ahm aatamaa bRHmH = My
aatmaa (jiv) is bRHmH.
With the above basic GNaan
(knowledge of bRHmH) we will study the
nmh:, nmskaar, pRANaam,
vaNDn which people practicing veDik
lifestyle perform daily, socially and individually, as natural as
.....om shaanti shaanti
(shrii suut-muni in
sKND puraan will
enlighten us IN THE NEXT POSTINGS as to who we are as human
forms of embodied aatmaa and
what is the purpose of life of this human body with embodied aatmaa
nmh:, nmskaar, pRANaam,
(This continuing presentation is prepared by
dajibhaai mistry who acknowledges his debt to guru bRHmaa-Dev,
vyaas-muni, naarD-muni and saarsvat-muni for their transmission of
original veD GNaan in sNskrut version of
sknd puraaAN. The above
presentation is based on sNskrut to English translation of
puraaAN by shree Dr. G. V. Tagare, G. P. Bhatt as published by
Publishers to whom shree champaklaal and PVAF acknowledges a debt with
offering of pRANaam for facilitating the re-learning of
this forgotten vidyaa. The above presentation contains additional
ved text to the original puraaAN text for ease of understanding and learning
without corrupting the original text and its original GNaan.
Explanatory text from other veD sources is also added in brackets to
further facilitate the understanding and learning where it is deemed
...the eternal knowledge of...
ved is the knowledge
of the entire creation. ved imparts
to each and every creation how creation is created, how it is sustained after
creation, the purpose of each creation, how each creation has to co-exist with
all other creations and the grand scheme and meaning of this creation. In this
process of imparting knowledge ved
also subtly informs about our creator brhmah
and the brhmah's relationship with
all creations singly and collectively.
To get all knowledge through the study of ved
is a monumental task ...which could not possibly be completed in one
life time...in a life time most of us can get only a degree in one field of
science or arts or commerce or medicine or engineering....to get all the
knowledge of ved will take infinite years as the knowledge itself is
.....But then our creator
brhmah, knowing our limitation of the
life cycles, has given us a small life manual in which the basics of creations,
its processes, its relationships and its purpose are outlined in about 700 to
750 aphorism like messages of few words at a time......this manual of life is
has been given a name "bhagvad gitaa"....Similarly
for those who desire to have detailed knowledge ved
has 14 major vidyaa. A vidyaa
is a specific knowledge base similar to what we currently know as engineering,
medicine, law, mathematics, astronomy, astrology, grammar......and all the
vidyaa is in 4 ved, 6 vedangaa,
108 upnishad and 108
....Prajaapati Vishva Aashram
Foundation (PVAF) has a primary mandate to facilitate all humans to acquire
knowledge per se...PVAF believes that studying any part of ved
good start on this path to acquire knowledge...so let us pray that we study
daily ...om tat sat...
At present on this planet earth we have various faith systems
leading to a Creator...each faith systems has its own name and also a name for
whatever it believes as a Creator....but surprisingly all faith systems have one
message to all its follower...knowledge
shall set you free....let us then get this knowledge....may the
Creator bless us to walk on this path no matter how we stumble, fall or
sometimes give up....but we are continually blessed by our Creator
to have the
strength and the means to get up once more and keep walking....in the pursuit of
....om shaanti shaanti