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The Antiquity of the Vedas
To quote the Kanchi Sankaracharya on this topic
of the Vedas : Inquiry not Proper from the Chapter "The Vedas", in
Hindu Dharma : kamakoti.org:
"The idea that the Vedas are eternal does not fit
into the mental outlook of Western Indologists. Their claims to
impartiality and to conducting research in a scientific manner
notwithstanding, they are not prepared to accord an elevated status
to the Hindu texts. Many Hindu research scholars have also found
themselves unable to accept the view that the Vedas are eternal.
Modern historians have adopted chiefly two
methods to determine the date of the Vedas: the first is based on
the astronomical references in the scriptures and the second on the
morphology of the language of the same. But have they, using either
method, come to any definite conclusion? Each investigator has
arrived at a different age.
Tilak has assigned
the date 6000 B. C to the Vedas. According to some others it is 3000
B. C or 1500 B. C.
There is no difference of opinion among
historians about the dates of the scriptures of other religions.
They are agreed that the Buddhist Tripitaka was written during the
time of Asoka but that the teachings of the Buddha included in it
belong to an earlier time. There is similar unanimity of view in
that the New Testament is 2000 years old. And all are agreed that
the Qur'an was composed 1, 300 years ago. In the case of Vedas alone
have historians not arrived at a decisive date.
I mentioned that two methods were adopted in
reckoning the age of the Vedas. There are references in these
scriptures to the position of certain heavenly bodies. The date of
the Vedas, fixed at 6000 B. C. or so, is based on an astronomical
conjunction mentioned in them.
But is it right to say that such an astronomical
conjunction would not have occurred earlier too? Conjunctions
similar to the one on the basis of which the date of 6000 B. C. has
been arrived at must have occurred not only before the present
creation, but even far far earlier. Which of these is to be taken as
the one mentioned in the Vedas? The sages had a vision that could
penetrate through the eons. So such calculations will not hold in
the case of the Vedas which the great sages brought together with
their trans-sensual powers of perception. We find thus that the
internal astronomical "evidence" found in the Vedas and made much of
by modern researchers does not help in fixing their date.
the Kanchi Acharya is of the opinion that linguistics cannot answer this
question authoritatively since it makes assumptions about the time duration
for mutations in language to take place. Such assumptions may not be valid
in the case of the Vedas. Why ? Special effort is made by those who chant
the Vedas to preserve the purity of the chant and the meter (chandas).
This is a subject which is mastered in its own right. Given the care taken
to preserve the integrity of the chant, it is reasonable to posit that any
changes in the Veda must have taken place over much longer periods of time.
The situation is not unlike that of the Qur'an. It is universally accepted
that the manner in which the Qur'an is chanted has remained unchanged over
the intervening 1300 years. In the same way, it is a reasonable
postulate to claim that changes in the Veda must have occurred over much
longer periods of time than in the rest of the Prakrit languages, such as
Hindi or Bengali or even Tamil , the other ancient language of India. The
conclusion of the Acharya is that linguistics cannot give a proper answer to
the question of the antiquity of the Vedas.
Shukla Yajur veda
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code of manu by Oxford university Press.
In all the criticism that is leveled at Manu today, it is
often forgotten that he was the original Law Giver to the human race, long
before Hammurabi of Babylon. It is also forgotten that he devised these laws for
a time more than 5000 years ago, when the rest of the world did not have the
faintest notion as to what the word meant. Furthermore there are no fatwas if we
do not follow the laws of Manu today, which have been superseded by the civil
code of the Republic today. While we wallow in self criticism on the role and
relevance of Manu to the society of today, let us remind ourselves that foreign
scholars are under no compulsion or obligations to cease research into his
work, as is exemplified by the work of Patrick Olivelle here.
From Manusmrti to
Madhusmrti,Flagellating a mythical enemy
A Vedic reader by Arthur McDonell
Patanjali's Yoga sutras
Ekam sad vipraha Bahuda vadanti
Ekam sad vipraha Bahuda
vadanti - 2