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In this article, we shall summarize the key elements of Vedic religion – the ONLY religion for all human beings.

(Please note that by religion we imply Dharma in this article and not a cult. English being a hopelessly approximate language that evolved in a coarse culture fails to provide equivalents of words like Dharma, Karma, Brahmcharya etc. Thus we have to live with these approximations. Until the day comes when Vedic culture and vedic language become the mainstay due to rationality of human beings in the world, such gaps in communication will continue to remain.)

Please note that Vedas belong to an era when the only cult, community or religion was that of humanity (another very poor approximate of word Manushyata). While Vedas elaborate on a large number of deep subjects and provide a complete framework to reach up to ultimate levels of bliss and truth, following points summarize what it takes to become followers of Vedic religion. Regardless of one’s knowledge, views, ideology or intellect if she or he follows these points, she or he is following the Vedic religion. If one does not follow any rituals, any tradition or any norms, but adheres to these points, she or he is following the Vedic religion.

This alone is the religion that Agniveer wants to preach, and this alone is the true and only way to bliss. You would find many of these points common in various cults and religions. That is because Vedas remain the original source of everything good. Whatever is good in these other cults is inherited from the Vedas. Thus if one is following any good practice, it is Vedic dharma. No one can survive without being Vedic for a moment. The effort in life should be directed towards eliminating the unnecessary additional waste that is not Vedic and yet we keep pulling like a donkey.

So here is a summary of Vedic religion. Embrace them and live a life of bliss beyond imaginations! (To review original Hindi text, please visit Introduction to Vedas (Hindi) and review chapter named Vedoktadharmavishaya.)

1. The last Sukta of Rigveda (10.161) summarizes the whole essence of what humans should do to imbibe the Vedas. The entire Vedas have to be understood in context of this Sukta which emphasizes on the most differentiating trait of human beings – unity – in purpose, method and approach. Here is a summary list of the dictates of Vedic religion in this Sukta:

Rigveda 10.161.2
– walk together in the path of truth without bias, injustice and intolerance
– talk to each other to enhance knowledge, wisdom and affection without malice and hatred
– keep working together to enhance knowledge and bliss
– follow the path of truth and selflessness as exemplified by noble people

Rigveda 10.161.3
– Your analysis of right and wrong should be unbiased and not specific to particular set of people
– You should organize together to help everyone enhance their health, knowledge and prosperity
– Your minds should be devoid of hatred and should see progress and happiness of all as one’s own progress and happiness and you should only act for enhancement of happiness of all based on truth
–  Work together to eradicate falsehood and discover truth
– Never ever deviate from path of truth and unity

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Rigveda 10.161.4
– Your efforts should be full of enthusiasm and for bliss of everyone
– Your emotions should be for one and all and love everyone the way you love yourself
– Your desire, resolve, analysis, faith, abstinence, patience, keenness, focus, comfort etc all should be towards truth and bliss for all, and away from falsehood.
– Keep working in synergy to increase each others’ knowledge and bliss.

2. Yajurved 19.77
– All humans at all times should have passion only for adoption of truth and rejection of falsehood. This should be a continuous process and one should keep detaching faith from what one discovers to be false and keep attaching faith to what one discovers to be true based on analysis, logic, facts and evidence.

3. Yajurved 36.18
– Humans should never hate any other living being and interact with each other with love and affection
–  Humans should consider all living beings as their friends and work for prosperity of everyone

4. Yajurved 1.5
– All human beings should resolve to accept only truth and reject the falsehood. Even the prayer to Supreme should request only eradication of falsehood and embrace of truth alone.

5. Yajurved 19.30
– When one resolves to adhere to truth, she becomes eligible for bliss and truth. When she becomes eligible, she starts getting rewards in form of knowledge and satisfaction. Such rewards strengthen the resolve and enhance the faith towards pursuit of truth. As the faith enhances, so does the bliss and knowledge one gets. And eventually this leads to ultimate bliss or Salvation.

6. Atharvaved 12.5.1,2
– Shrama – extreme efforts and Tapa – desire to withstand challenges and troubles happily for sake of one’s goal – are the two basic characteristics of humans that they should never leave.
– Through Shrama and Tapa, humans can unravel the greatest mysteries of the world and understand the knowledge of Brahma or Supreme
– Shrama and Tapa should be utilized to adopt truth and reject falsehood
– Shrama and Tapa should be utilized to enhance one’s wealth and prosperity of the nation
– Shrama and Tapa should be utilized to gain fame based on truth alone

7. Atharvaved 12.5.3
– One should use one’s own things and not steal from others
– One should ensure that everyone trusts each other completely. Trust cannot come without passion for truth and hence truth should be adhered to in all situations
– One should make greatest efforts to protect true knowledge, scholars and innocent people
– One should indulge in extracting best benefits through Yajna – by selfless acts of general benefits for all, promoting true knowledge and applying this knowledge in all fields
– One should never be lazy and continue putting efforts for the Yajna

8. Atharvaved 12.5.7-10
(These mantras provide a complete snapshot of Vedic religion)
Oja – Bravery in following truth
Teja – Fearlessness
Saha – To follow truth regardless of happiness, sorrow, loss, gain
Bala – To continue increasing physical and mental strength through study, Brahmacharya, discipline, exercise etc
Vaak – To speak sweetly for propagation of truth
Indriya – To direct all the 5 sense organs, 5 action organs and mind towards truth and righteousness and away from sins
Shree – To put all efforts and plan for creation of a powerful country based on truth, justice and honesty and bringing down those rulers who are corrupt, impotent, devoid of self-respect and selfish
Dharma – To continuously accept truth and reject falsehood and bring benefit for all human beings and living beings through this process
Brahma – To promote scholars and noble people who would propagate knowledge
Kshatra – To promote brave people who would protect nation and people, and severely punish those who harm innocent people or attempt to denigrate the society
Visha – To promote commerce and trade and work towards propagation of global economy devoid of discrimination
Twishi – To promote and publicize noble virtues and truth alone
Yasha – To work for global fame based only on truth and noble virtues
Varcha – To establish a sound education system for all men and women
Dravinam – To explore for more and more wealth based on above traits, safeguard the existing wealth, enhance the safeguarded wealth and investing wealth to promote knowledge and noble virtues
Ayu – To put all efforts to increase one’s lifespan
Roopam – To wear good clean clothes take showcase dignity and respect
Naam – To work towards setting examples so that others are also inspired towards path of truth
Keerti – To propagate true knowledge so that we also get fame
Prana Apana – To control breathing patterns to eliminate diseases and enhance longevity
Chakshu Shrotra – To use sense organs to continuously explore truth and reject falsehood
Paya Rasa – To have drinks that enhance health and vitality – like milk, water, medicines etc
Anna Annadya – To have good food that is beneficial for health as per methods of medical sciences
Ritam – To worship only the ultimate Ishwar who is Supreme and none else
Satyam – To have no absolutely differences in what one knows, speaks and acts upon
Ishtam – To desire only total bliss through worship of one and only one Ishwar through noble acts as described above
Poortam – To plan and act for fulfillment of Ishtam as defined above
Praja – To educate masses and new generation in all true fields of knowledge and actions
Pashava – To care for animals as well

The mantra uses ‘Cha’ meaning ‘and’ several times to emphasize that apart from those mentioned above, any other trait that promotes truth and wisdom and eradicates falsehood and grief from among masses should be readily adopted.

Other texts based on Vedas elaborate this subject of religion or Dharma in greater detail and so do many other mantras of Vedas. Some of the other excellent elaborations on Dharma are found in Taittriya Aranyak 7.9,11; 10.8; 10.62,63; Mundakopanishad 3.1.5,6 and Purva Meemansa 1.1.2 which states that whatever is advised by Ishwar in Vedas (as explained above) is Dharma.

(You can read them in detail in Rigvedadibhashyabhumika or Introduction to Vedas by Swami Dayanand in Chapter named Vedoktadharmavishaya. Its a compulsory reading for those desiring to understand the Vedas.)

The definition of Dharma or religion as per Vaisheshik Darshan 1.1.2 is “ Whatever leads to happiness and ultimate bliss or Moksha for entire world – alone is Dharma”.

All human beings should follow this religion or Dharma alone and reject everything else that does not comply with it, or are unnecessary additions over it. This alone is the religion for all human beings. Humans do not have two religions. So accept only this religion, as described above, and reject everything else!

May the truth prevail!

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ERSHAD HOSSAIN
2 years 7 months ago
Please accept my deep condolence for the death of your sister due to fire accident. In my book “Man, the king of his karma” under accidental deaths, I commented death by accident is not due to karma. Take for instance I die of an accident. Those who love me will… Read more »
ERSHAD HOSSAIN
2 years 9 months ago
Sanatana Dharma(Hinduism) is some 8 to 10,000 year old. From the time of its origin, Hindus and Hinduism has been deviating from its original philosophies. Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism are all based upon logic. The Hindu deities were supposed to offer lessons by way of dialogues and stories, instead the… Read more »
ERSHAD HOSSAIN
2 years 10 months ago
Any religious philosophy that does not teach brotherhood, love, mercy, compassion and peace is a total failure. In today’s world of senseless killings and shooting, rape, murders, wars, violence and hatred, if the philosophy of the Sanatana dharma, Buddha dharma and the Jaina dharma are introduced world wide, there will… Read more »
Big Dipper
Big Dipper
2 years 10 months ago
Dear Shri Ershad Hossain ji, Your remarks are very thoughtful, practical, true and are of the need of the hour. I would also like to add here that there are ‘universal truths’ in varying proportions found in all religions. So why only concentrate on the Eastern Dharmic faiths? I feel… Read more »
Krishnarao
Krishnarao
2 years 10 months ago

Because the western religions cannot remove the evils in there religion. It is tied deeply within there religion. Look up history centrism. Rajiv Malhotra explains it very well.

krishnarao
krishnarao
2 years 10 months ago
Well said brother. The truth is there is no such thing as gods, godmen, son of god, prophets, son of man, superman, spiderman, or any of that nonsense. Mankind needs to realize in order of us to reach the highest state of consciousness, God, and be enlightened. We need to… Read more »
Nemo
Nemo
2 years 10 months ago
There were two books on Yajurved recommended by your website. One by Pandit Harisharan Siddhantalankar and the other by Dr. Tusli Ram, M.A, PhD (London). There is a video on youtube by some Mushafiq Sultan who shows these two books. He opens chapter 25 first from the Hindi translation and… Read more »
Krantidoot
Krantidoot
3 years 28 days ago
@ Ershad Hossain Ershad bhai, No religion was created by God. He has only given us the “consciousness” to understand the “righteousness” or “Dharma”. The Vedas, Upnishadas and other books are based on the knowledge of enlightened people. These books deals with different subjects like God/Ishwar, atma, Karma, sprituality etc.… Read more »
Sunil Bajpai
3 years 1 month ago

I have tried to explain in my own humble way. Please read and react:
http://sunilthethinker.blogspot.in/2013/04/what-is-hinduism.html

Carl
3 years 1 month ago
Veera Raghavaiah
3 years 2 months ago

Some of the best of Veda (knowledge):
http://theknowledgeone.com/

ERSHAD HOSSAIN
3 years 2 months ago
We should all strive to be a good human being. Each morning brings us a new day for the rest of our lives. We should resolve each such morning, not to hurt anyone, from an ant to an elephant. So, it is better to be a good human being than… Read more »
b39759
b39759
3 years 4 months ago

Agniveer its good to see you back after the attack. Veda is the only path to build a healthy society.
Also got a facebook site tells about veda and cult practice.
http://www.facebook.com/Veda.knowledge

SANJAY KUMAR JHA
SANJAY KUMAR JHA
3 years 4 months ago

bahut achchhi bate hay mito amal karo

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bhairavi
bhairavi
4 years 3 months ago
Namakar Agniveer ji, I would like to ask why Bharat has changed so much and why we do not respect our culture and religion. why we dont know much about our religion? Why are we spoiling ourselves following all nuisance of western culture? why are we using their products,medicines living… Read more »
Agniveer
4 years 3 months ago
Namaste Bhairavji, We do not respect our culture and religion because no one taught us the same in right manner. And westerners could market themselves better. Today whatever makes us proud of our culture are primarily falsehoods marketed better, not the real stuff. So we are forgetting the true gems… Read more »
ERSHAD HOSSAIN
3 years 1 month ago
Hinduism has been reduced to worshiping Gods and Temple Pujas. Even the Hindus are ignorant of the philosophy of their own religion. How many Hindus know about the Sankhya, Yoga, Naya, Visesikha, Vedanta philosophies ? Instead of following and taking lessons from the dialogues from Mahabharata and the Ramayana, the… Read more »
prof. n m khandelwal
prof. n m khandelwal
2 years 9 months ago
vedas can be studied and interpreted or translated only by competent vedic scholars. Hinduism is not a religion but it is a way of holistic thinking and leading life.. these are universal human values. it can be a basis for universal brotherhood and governance. without vedic concept of vasudhaiv kutimbakam… Read more »
ERSHAD HOSSAIN
3 years 2 months ago
Agree 100%, need dedicated and desperate people to implement the policy/ resolution. We are all so badly divided politically, culturally that very few would come forward for such causes. I am with all of you. My ancestors must have been Hindus only, if not Buddhist or Jaina. Simple logic, we… Read more »
dogra
dogra
4 years 3 months ago
GIG thank you and when also looks at Griffith(realise his translation is not up to complete standard): “HYMN CXCI. Agni. 1. THOU, mighty Agni, gatherest up all that is precious for thy friend. Bring us all treasures as thou art enkindled in libation’s place 2 Assemble, speak together: let your… Read more »
GOD IS GREAT
GOD IS GREAT
4 years 3 months ago
Sir, I don’t believe in translation by any Tom Dik, Harry… There must be some scholar of Sanskrit and a Yogi who knows what mysteries these books contain. Vedic Sanskrit is known as Dev Bhaashaa and understanding it requires lot of patience. Therefore any dumb translation should NOT be considered.… Read more »
dogra
dogra
4 years 3 months ago

Can someone explain why :
“Rigveda 10.161.2
in this says something different:

“http://meluhha.com/newrv/verse.pl?v=10.161.2&q=sarv&acc=no&lang=ved&stratum=all&show=yes

“Griffith’s translation: Be his days ended, be he now departed, be he brought very near to death already, / Out of Destruction’s lap again I bring him, save him for life to last a hundred autumns. ”

Thanks

GOD IS GREAT
GOD IS GREAT
4 years 3 months ago
Dogra Sir, There is just an error. Agniveer Sir, please correct it. The last Sukta of Rigveda (10.161) summarizes the whole essence of what humans should do to imbibe the Vedas No, the last sukta isn’t 161 but 191 10.191.2 states संगछध्वं संवदध्वं सं वो मनांसि जानताम | देवा भागं… Read more »
Bagyaraj
Bagyaraj
4 years 4 months ago
Always remember these lines of krishna when you are getting HEAD WEIGHT/ ahamkaaram/ ahambhavam: Nimitthamaathram bhava savya saachin: I am only a tool in the hands hand of the divine power(guide me in every pathway of my life: Let us elevate/ improve ourselves with all courage, devotion,dedication and sincerity and… Read more »
Bagyaraj
Bagyaraj
4 years 4 months ago
What to do for improving ourselves? According to Krishna the aims and pathway for a better life is ( Bhagavath Geetha) Uddhareth athmanaathmaanam naaathmaanam avassadhayeth aathmaivahi athmanobhandhu: athmaiva ripuraathmana: Remember that the ultimate aim of our life is elevating / raising /uddharanam of ourselves every minute, and never belittling ourselves… Read more »
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kris
kris
4 years 10 months ago

What version of the vedas did you read for writing this article called “Religion of Vedas?” Please specify the version of the vedas that you use for writing articles like these.

Veera Raghavaiah
3 years 2 months ago

There do not exist versions in Vedas. Veda means knowledge (truth). Truth is absolute and so has no versions/interpretations. The vedic texts are known to be compliant to veda. So, basically there is a single version of vedic scripts; thanks to preservation by oral tradition

Indian Agnostic
Indian Agnostic
4 years 10 months ago

Namaste Kris

please explain what do you mean by “version” : is it samhita, mantra, brahmana ..what is this version you are talking about?

kris
kris
4 years 10 months ago
Oh, I’m sorry. I mean what edition of the Vedas is used by Agniveer? I would really like to know. So far, I only come across Ralph Griffith’s translation of the Vedas on the internet, which does not seem accurate and I cannot really understand Griffith’s version of the Vedas… Read more »
Agniveer
4 years 10 months ago

The reference as well as the original text has been mentioned in the article itself. The original text is also available for download from the site itself in Downloads Section. Kindly refer the 3rd last paragraph.

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Suman Mukherjee
Suman Mukherjee
5 years 18 days ago
Nice, article especially the preface, which says, “Please note that by religion we imply Dharma in this article and not a cult”. However, I cannot fully agree with this line, “Purva Meemansa 1.1.2 which states that whatever is advised by Is…hwar in Vedas (as explained above) is Dharma” —-this line… Read more »
Agniveer
5 years 18 days ago
I think we are on same page. The problem happens when Vedas are compared with time-bound texts like Bible or Quran simply because a big population follows these texts as scriptures. Vedas do not contain any time-bound rituals or instructions. Vedas themselves state that everything should be evaluated on parameters… Read more »
Vasudevan
Vasudevan
5 years 5 months ago
Hello Agniveerji, I need a clarification from you. You have mentioned (at the very beginning of this post) that Suktha 161 is the last Sukta of Rg Veda. I find that this is not the case – Sukta 191 (10th Mandala, 12th Anuvaaga) is actually the last Sukta in Rg… Read more »
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Aryason
Aryason
5 years 8 months ago

Excellent article,
I would encaurage all to visit http://www.faithfreedom.org

108Eternal
108Eternal
5 years 8 months ago

Would you say the Upanisads have been corrupted as well?

Indian Agnostic
Indian Agnostic
5 years 8 months ago

ॐ पूर्णं अदः पूर्णं इदं पूर्णात पूर्णं उदच्यते|
पूर्णस्य पूर्णं आदाय पूर्णं एव अवशिष्यते||

lesson complete 🙂

wonder
wonder
5 years 8 months ago

hello,

you will find that the part you quoted is merely the shanti-mantra of the shukla yajur veda and not specific to the ishavasya upanishad.

Indian Agnostic
Indian Agnostic
5 years 8 months ago

@wonder,

You are right …that it’s the first mantra of most upanishads too.

The reason for stating ‘lesson complete’ was that this mantra is good enough if one is good enough 🙂

but thanks for raising the valid technical objection…just wanted to see how many actually ventured that far 😉

Indian Agnostic
Indian Agnostic
5 years 8 months ago

As a safe bet contemplate on the Isha Upanishad ..It’s a part and parcel of the Veda ( Shukla Yajurveda)

It’s short , its sweet and it’s complete 🙂

Aum Shukla Yajurveday Namah

Arya
Arya
5 years 8 months ago

@108Eternal
Its not about something being corrupted or not. Any man made scripture, even if it is not corrupted, should be checked whether it is in accordance with Vedas or not. “No corruption” in any scripture is necessary condition for it to be perfect but its not sufficient.

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Ujjwol
5 years 10 months ago
This line is AWESOME ! English being a hopelessly approximate language that evolved in a coarse culture fails to provide equivalents of words like Dharma, Karma, Brahmcharya etc. Thus we have to live with these approximations. Until the day comes when Vedic culture and vedic language become the mainstay due… Read more »
Shabdika
Shabdika
5 years 10 months ago
Good. The suitable reply has been given by someone . The attack was done by christian. ” Wagamama says: July 16, 2010 at 12:00 am .Kababa, you are praising a person who is apt at quoting from his own fake source. Anyone can write anything and presume that to be… Read more »
Shabdika
Shabdika
5 years 10 months ago

Thanks, respected Arya ji. what is the actual meaning of this verse ? BTW I have already replied him that the translation quoted by him is given by either Dalit organisation or by christian missionaries who are already baised against us hindus. once again thanks for quick response.——–shabdika.

Shabdika
Shabdika
5 years 10 months ago
Pl verify some body who knows better the following coments posted in FaithFreedom.org on Brahmcharis article. “Since you talk about incest, do you know that it is written in your pornographic Rig Veda that Indra and his wife enticed their own son to have a foursome (Indra, Indrani, Vrsakapi, Vrsakapi’s… Read more »
Arya
Arya
5 years 10 months ago
@Shabdika Sister, ask him first, which translation he has given? If he does not tell, give him any verse of Quran and write its meaning as -“Allah is friend of Satan and both are fooling the Muslim Ummah!” When he will ask you to give an authentic translation, you ask… Read more »
chandra
chandra
5 years 10 months ago

Superb article, Agniveerji.

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