Vedas; 2 Definition(s)
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General definition (in Hinduism)
The sacred books of India, the Vedas, are generally believed to be the earliest literary record of the Indo-European race. It is indeed difficult to say when the earliest portions of these compositions came into existence. Many shrewd guesses have been offered, but none of them can be proved to be incontestably true. Max Muller supposed the date to be 1200 B.C., Haug 2400 B.C. and Bāl Gaṅgādhar Tilak 4000 B.C. The ancient Hindus seldom kept any historical record of their literary, religious or political achievements. The Vedas were handed down from mouth to mouth from a period of unknown antiquity; and the Hindus generally believed that they were never composed by men. It was therefore generally supposed that either they were taught by God to the sages, or that they were of themselves revealed to the sages who were the “seers” (mantradraṣṭā) of the hymns. Thus we find that when some time had elapsed after the composition of the Vedas, people had come to look upon them not only as very old, but so old that they had, theoretically at least, no beginning in time, though they were believed to have been revealed at some unknown remote period at the beginning of each creation.(Source): Wisdom Library: A History of Indian Philosophy
General definition (in Buddhism)Literally, it means knowledge. They are basic scriptures of Hinduism in India, composed between 2000 and 500 B.C. They consist of Rg veda, Sama veda, Yajur veda and Atharva veda. The collection is also known as the Vedic Samhita. Apart from Samhita, the Vedic literature regarded as Sruti were Brahmana, Aranyaka and Upanisads.(Source): Buddhist Door: Glossary
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Search found 156 books and stories containing Vedas. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 1 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 2 - The place of the Vedas in the Hindu mind < [Chapter II - The Vedas, Brāhmaṇas And Their Philosophy]
Part 1 - The Vedas and their antiquity < [Chapter II - The Vedas, Brāhmaṇas And Their Philosophy]
Part 14 - Mīmāṃsā as philosophy and Mīmāṃsā as ritualism < [Chapter IX - Mīmāṃsā Philosophy]
Vedavyasa < [Third Section]
The Four Classes and the Four Stages < [Third Section]
Mayamoha < [Third Section]
Brahma Sutras (Shankara Bhashya) (by Swami Vireshwarananda)
Chapter III, Section III, Adhikarana XXXVI < [Section III]
Chapter I, Section III, Adhikarana VIII < [Section III]
Chapter III, Section III, Adhikarana IV < [Section III]
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 17: Marriage with Somaśṛī < [Chapter II - Marriages of Vasudeva with maidens]
Part 5: Story of Namuci and Viṣṇukumāra < [Chapter VIII - Śrī Mahāpadmacakricaritra]
Part 10: Celebration by the people < [Chapter II - Birth of Ajita and Sagara]
The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (by Swāmī Mādhavānanda)
Section VIII - Meditation on the Vedas as a Cow < [Chapter V]
Section XIV - The Sacred Gayatri < [Chapter V]