The Vedic Culture and Vedas are complete in themselves, but Hinduism which is non-Vedic belief system with all its ritual and conduct oriented practices has been contributed largely by the orthodox priests to suit their convenience!
Vedas are in the Vedic language which was a high-class language. Rig Veda (excluding chapters II and X)
were written before the Christian Era in Vedic language. Vedic language is not Sanskrit. It is the same language in which the Zoroastrian Scripture Zend Avesta is written – a form of Persian language. All the other scriptures of India are written in Sanskrit.
These include Rig Veda Chapter II and X and the Upanishads, Brahmanas, Puranas and the Vedanta. These were written during the Christian Era after the Thomas ministry. As the use of this language diminished, it became a tough language for the commoners. The priests, who were supposed to be an expert of this language, translated it into Sanskrit language and manipulated the meanings in time and gradually, all the practices changed.
The DaVita, Vedanta borrows the concept from
Abrahamic religions, such as Eternal Damnation [of certain souls destined to hell forever] which goes against the belief of most Vedanta schools, which state that soul attain liberation.
It looks like the creator, creation theory is also borrowed from Abrahamic religion and on the base new belief system has been introduced giving it Vedic outlook and propagated all non-Vedic rituals and worships by someone in the past.
St. Thomas is said to have come to India to spread Christianity in the first century AD. It first spread among the people of the Malabar coast and in areas near present-day Madras.
There is a total discontinuity in the concept of God before and after the entry of St, Thomas.
As one goes in deeper into annals of religious history then we become aware of the fact that, the Vedic gods were personifications of Nature and their worship essentially sacrifices to these Natural Forces to appease them. All of a sudden by the first century, we encounter Vedantas. Vedanta literally means “End of the Vedas,” though it is today interpreted as "the essence of Vedas."
New Gods like Maheshwar and Vishnu appeared. The concept of Maheshwar. Vishnu means Sky or Heavens. Vishnu simply means God of the Heaven lies or one who pervades everything. Then we have the concept of incarnation – God
taking flesh in human form to save humanity. All these suddenly appeared after the entry of St, Thomas.
This was also the time when most of the Vedic gods passed into oblivion. Their place was taken by the trinity of gods, with Brahma as the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer. It is believed that when evil is rampant, various incarnations of Vishnu enter the world of men to save them. Krishna is one such 'avatar'.
There are many contradictions,
Brahma Vishnu and Maheshwar are the three main GODs but they are one. Brahma is the creator of this universe (Generator), Vishnu is responsible for the smooth conduct of the same ( sustainer), & Maheshwar is Destroyer! But if you go, and read Vishnu Purana, he is characterized as the supreme power.
Further, due to many castes and sub-caste prevailing in the society, some more rules and principles were added for the benefit of these priests. Can you imagine how would you get rid of the sin you committed by killing a cat? You will have to make a golden cat weighing equal to the dead cat and hand over this golden cat to the priest chanting for the purification of the individual soul! Hinduism is different from Vedic religion.
Vedic religion was modified and reintroduced with new add-ons by Sri, Sankara a great Advaitic Sage to uplift the Vedic culture and Santana Dharma (Hinduism), which was in ruins in the clutches of Buddhism. 18 Puranas are introduced in the name of Veda Vyasa.
As one goes deeper
in the annals of the history, it indicates the fact that, somewhere someone has added the Puranas in the name of Veda Vyasa the grand master of Vedas. It is impossible to accept and believe that Veda Vyasa authored and introduced Puranas which has all conceptual Gods because:~
The Bhagavad Gita: ~ Brahmano hi
pratisthaham ~ Brahman (God) is considered the all-pervading consciousness (Spirit), which is the basis of all the animate and inanimate entities and material. (14.27).
When Bhagavad Gita says, God is considered the all-pervading consciousness (Spirit) which is the basis of all the animate and inanimate entities and material then nothing has to be accepted as God other than consciousness.
Lord Krishna Says Ch ~V: ~ “Those who know me in truth.". The last two words (
tattvataha) are usually ignored by pundits, but they make all the difference between the ordinary concept of God and the truth about God.
The dualistic worship of "God” is only for the ignorant populace. The God in truth is only Atman, the innermost Self. In
reality, there is no dualities, no differentiation. Only Atman exists.
The Vedas confirms God is Atman (spirit), the innermost Self.
Rig Veda: ~ The Atman (Soul or Spirit) is the cause; Atman is the support of all that exists in this universe. May
ye never turn away from the Atman the innermost self. May ye never accept another God in place of the Atman nor worship other than the Atman?" (10:48, 5)
Rig-Veda 1-164-46 and Y.V 32-1 clearly mention that God is “One”.
Rig Veda declares God is ‘ONE’ and God is Atman, then why believe and worship in place of
Whereas Vedas reveals ONE
GOD but Hinduism filled with 33crores of gods Vedas reveals God as Spirit (Atman or Brahman ) and no form whereas Hinduism worships god in the form of various non-Vedic idols of gods and goddesses are barred by Vedas.
It indicates clearly all the gods with form and attributes are mere imagination based on the false self. The ideas of conceptual gods are a reality
on the base of the false self within the false experience. Thus, all the belief systems are based on the false, self. Thus, the idea of God is mere belief based on their religious doctrine. In Advaita Lord means Atman and Atman mean Brahman.
If people who indulge god or guru glorification are not Advaitins, because they have accepted the belief of god as a true god and they forget the true God is Atman their true identity, which exists without the body and the experience of the world.
If God exists, as he does for religious believers and yogis, and exists separately from them, then there is duality, which always implies a contradiction. On the
ultimate point of view God is a mere belief or an idea, a thought, an object, therefore the self or witness, contradict God.
When there are two, one thought contradicts another for one thought comes at one moment, and the other at another moment, both moments contradict; one cannot say they are identical. He cannot find non-contradiction in this universe.
One the ultimate point of view the individualized God does not exist, because his existence implies that one is different from Him. Any kind of difference means contradiction. Nothing whatsoever other
than the consciousness exists thus for non-dualists the consciousness itself is the ultimate truth and ultimate truth is God. Non-duality means the negation of all thought.
Truth is not only that which is beyond contradiction but also that in which is no possibility of contradiction. Such a state can only be realized as non-duality, where there is no second thing other than consciousness. The illustration for that is deep
sleep but sleep is not the ultimate reality. It is merely an analogy.
Brihad Upanishad says
:~ "if you think there is another entity whether man or God there is no truth." This is the teaching since time immemorial of those who have inquired into the truth.
The Soul or the consciousness
alone which is permanent and eternal, unchanging in the changing world is a reality. People hear of Brahman or ultimate truth. People can only imagine it. One requires words only to distinguish between is there and not there, but he can’t posit either of Reality because his saying so is only an idea, not reality. The ultimate truth is beyond words. The words are of use, however, as a thorn to pull out the thorn of other words that hinder knowledge. Intellectually knowing the truth is only an imagination, whereas realizing the truth is knowing it as such.
orthodoxy which misleads the seekers of truth, therefore seeker of truth has to verify the truth on his own by reason based on the Soul as the Self then only accept the uncontradictable truth.
And also in Yajurved says
They enter darkness, those who worship natural things (for example air, water, sun, moon, animals, fire, stone,
They sink deeper in darkness those who worship
sambhuti. ( Sambhuti means created things, for example, table, chair, idol etc.) (Yajurved 40:9)
into the shade of blinding gloom fall asambhuti's worshippers. They sink to darkness deeper yet who on sambhuti are intent."(Yajurveda Samhita by Ralph T. H. Giffith pg 538)
"They are enveloped in darkness, in other words, are steeped in ignorance and sunk in the greatest depths of misery who worship the uncreated, eternal
prakrti -- the material cause of the world -- in place of the All-pervading God, But those who worship visible things born of the prakrti, such as the earth, trees, bodies (human and the like) in place of God are enveloped in still greater darkness, in other words, they are extremely foolish, fall into an awful hell of pain and sorrow, and suffer terribly for a long time." (Yajur Veda 40:9.)
So, Yajur Veda indicates that
They sink deeper in darkness those who worship
sambhuti. ( Sambhuti means created things, for example, table, chair, idol etc (Yajurved 40:9)
Those who worship visible things born of the
prakrti, such as the earth, trees, bodies (human and the like) in place of God are enveloped in still greater darkness, in other words, they are extremely foolish, fall into an awful hell of pain and sorrow, and suffer terribly for a long time."(Yajur Veda 40:9.)
When the religion of the Veda knows no
idols then why so many gods and goddesses with different form and name are being propagated as Vedic gods. Why these conceptual gods are introduced when the Vedic concept of God is free from form and attributes.
Who introduced the
concept of God with attributes and attributeless gods, when Yajur Veda says: ~ those who worship visible things, born of the prakrti, such as the earth, trees, bodies (human and the like), in place of God are enveloped in still greater darkness. Therefore, all these add-ons prove that the form and attribute based concepts are introduced by some sages of the past with new belief system and code of conducts in the name of Vedas.
The Sruti itself says: "This Atma is NOT to be attained by a study of the Vedas. (Katha Upanishad I, 2, 23."
Therefore, all the non- Vedic add-ons and attribute based knowledge, which is inferior, have to be bifurcated and excluded to know the ultimate truth. The seeker of truth has to drop all the
inferior knowledge based on the attributes and go beyond Vedas to understand assimilate and realize the ultimate truth or Brahman.
One has to go beyond Vedas means to go beyond religion. Go beyond religion means, go beyond the
concept of god. Thus, going beyond Veda, religion and conceptual god means going beyond illusion. That is end of Vedas (Veda – antha)
When one goes into the annals of the history it looks like the true Advaita expounded by Sage Sri Sankara and Sage Sri, Goudpada was lost or mutilated by the orthodox cult because
their preaching is based on nonduality and practices are based on duality.
Sage Sri, Sankara says in Brahma Sutras: that Brahman is the cause of the world, whereas in Manduka he denies it. This is because he says that at the lower stage of understanding, the former teaching must be given, for people will get frightened as they cannot understand how the world can be without a cause, but to those in a higher stage, the truth of non-causality can be revealed.
Sage Sri, Sankara himself has warned us not to use ambiguous words and to practice semantic analysis in his book "Definition of
one's own Self. ( Page 199, v .24 of "Sankara's Selected Works)
Bhagvan Buddha found religion in such a worthless state, with so many vile animal sacrifices, that he
attacked religion. Sage Sri, Sankara did not seek to destroy religion like Bhagvan Buddha, but he advocated reforming it for better. He did this because he saw that the masses had to have some form of religion as they were not ripe intellectually for truth.
Sage Sri, Sankara's sex experience in Benares and occupying the body of another man and then having sexual intercourse with his wife, is a story created by the pundits
hiding the real fact. Sage Sri, Sankara had the scientific spirit and when told by Saraswathi the woman that he was talking freely about sex, being a Sanyasi, he wanted to know the truth by having actual intercourse himself and thus learning by experiment and observation. Thus, this has to be viewed by the seeker on the rational standpoint because from the ultimate standpoint the sex is the part of the illusion. Sage Sri, Sankara stressed the great importance of freeing our use of words from all ambiguity.
Buddhists and Jains did not believe in the Vedic positions, did not accept the scriptures. Hence, Sage Sri, Sankara had to meet their objections also. Biographical anecdotes about his persecution of Jains and Buddhists or of his challenges
to self-immolation for the loser of a debate are all foolish tales fabricated after his lifetime either by his own followers who took him to be a religious propagator but not as a philosopher or by the dualistic cult.
The religious pundits of Advaitic sect relate boastfully pseudo-
historic stories of how Sage Sri, Sankara's school put down, persecuted end exterminated the Buddhists, as though this was something to be proud of. However, these stories are either exaggerations or false stories fabricated by the pundits or the priestcraft. The religious pundits are mere followers of the religion, never having understood the depth of Advaitic wisdom of Sage Sri, Sankara. Sage Sri, Sankara gave religion and scholasticism and yoga no less than philosophy, to
His commentary on Manduka is pure philosophy, but many of his other books are presented from a religious standpoint to help those who cannot rise up to the philosophy. North India is the home of mysticism and deification and South India of keen rational truth.
Sage Sri, Sankara had only four fully trained disciples, although he advised some kings. His doctrines spread after his lifetime. His books were dictated to secretaries as he traveled. So, only
a few were capable of understanding his philosophy.
Sage Sri, Sankara always traveled and he never lived in a monastery. He simply instructed his disciples to build one here and there " and then left because he was busy spreading his doctrines.
Some who followed Sage Sri, Sankara
are mere followers of the religion. They never understood the Advaitic wisdom. Religious scholars, not Gnanis, and they are unable to grasp the non-dualistic truth hidden by the Maya.