Together with creation certain laws developed to safeguard a life of harmony, abundance and peace on earth. The knowledge of these laws was heard once upon a time by wise rishis (seers) and passed on orally until it was captured in written form. This is how the Vedas emerged. The word Vedas comes from the Sanskrit root ‘Vid‘ and means knowledge.
The altogether four books that comprise the Vedas are regarded as the oldest treasure of knowledge known to mankind and are a world-wide heritage. The Vedic hymns were incorporated by UNESCO in 2003 into the collection of masterpieces of oral and immaterial heritage of mankind. Furthermore, in 2008 they were included in the representative list of the immaterial cultural heritage of mankind.
In the Vedas and in the Vedic literature profound secrets about all processes of life are revealed. For example, various scientific disciplines, such as the history of mankind, physics, medicine (Ayurveda), biology, astronomy, mathematics, sociology, psychology and philosophy are discussed. The elements and various types of energy are described alongside a path for the harmonious functioning of elements and energies. In addition, the Vedas contain ethical and moral principles and guidelines for the correct handling of higher powers and for the right devotion towards God.
Among other things, the Vedic sciences consist of the knowledge that all that is manifest is ultimately based on vibrations and therefore connected. Because of this it is possible to influence everything positively through the right resonance. Fire techniques (Homa, Yajna) are very significant in that respect. Fire has always been a medium between humans and the higher powers that influence our wellbeing.
The terms ‘Agni’ and ‘Hotaram’ as we know them through Agnihotra are already mentioned in the first line of the Rig Veda, the first book of the Vedas. The fire rituals are however not described in the way of technical instructions. The Vedas are complete knowledge. In the form of sound, they are the structures of consciousness and creation and arise from a high consciousness with the highest ethical code. The transmission of the high vibrations is paramount. The Vedas can and should only be transmitted to the practical level by individuals with the appropriate consciousness. It is therefore understandable that the Fivefold Path given by Shree as the quintessence of the Vedas should not be seen as mere theoretical instruction, but as a path of practice.
यज्ञस्य देवम् ऋत्विजं
होतारं रत्न धातमम्
Vedas and Mantras
The Sanskrit letterings correspond to the sounds that the human oral cavity can produce. This should guarantee a reproduction of the sounds that is as correct as possible. The emphasis with mantras is on sound, with which high vibrations are consciously created. When translated, the mantric meaning is reduced to match individual understanding and the corresponding state of consciousness. Vibration however works on the entire Being, no matter if human, animal, plant or stone.