In the course of explaining Vedic Science, I’ve come to realize that most people relate to it as if it is all theory. They don’t really understand what use it has in practical life. Admittedly, I was first taken aback by the very idea of it being theoretical. But in reflecting upon it, I realized what an excellent question it is and how important it is to know what practical application Vedic Science has to our daily lives.
As we grow and evolve, our awareness expands. An infant’s awareness does not go much past mother and bodily functions. As we grow, our world expands. First it’s just our home, then it’s home and school, and continues to expand like that throughout life. It’s as if the cobwebs clear, enabling the awareness to encompass more and more of life.
There’s a level of life where the awareness expands to the point that all the interconnections between all facets of the world come together into a unified whole. This is an experience, a knowledge, and a sense of wholeness. Maybe you have not memorized all the facts and every detail in existence, but you are fully awake to the underlying principles, mechanics, and concepts that weave everything together. That fabric is called “the Veda.” In its purest form, it is unbounded Consciousness, pure Consciousness, total awareness. On that level of life, it’s not a notion, it’s an experience. As one continues to evolve, as the cobwebs continue to clear, the structure of that fabric is more and more fully understood and appreciated. Life naturally becomes more fulfilling, profound, and beautiful.
Those studying Vedic Science may at first glance see it as entirely theoretical. In actuality, it begins to free the mind and expand the awareness. It’s an evolutionary tool leading to the point where it is no longer theory, but it is a direct perception. Your potential goes so far beyond what you have perhaps been led to believe or what you have settled for. Intellectual understanding of Vedic Science is not the goal. It is simply the acquisition of tools that awaken you to the grandeur of your being.
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This is a systematic, beautiful explanation.
I have definitely felt this over and over in my own life. Vedic Knowledge is real world, need-it-today, useful and practical. It has helped me navigate a million situations. I cannot imagine how hard it would be to go through life without experiencing the Knowledge.
That makes sense. Hopefully one day everything will be taught in this manner. I could never retain knowledge before, after a test it would be gone in a few days… if not minutes. It wasn’t until Michael Mamas became my teacher that I ever Really learned or retained anything. It’s as if what he teaches seeps into my pores and awareness without me really trying to grasp what he is saying. Thank you for the reminder, you are an amazing teacher.
At times for me, I struggle with the question: what is pure Veda? What is something that might have gotten a slight twist when it is absorbed/transmuted into the culture?
What is closest example for me is the treatment of widows. I think about that often.
I do feel we do carry that Vedic knowing inside to some degree, especially with meditation and experiencing the temple.
It is indeed a point of frustration for me not to be able to give physical voice or cogent communication
to what I feel is some kind of Vedic knowledge entombed within me.
It’s an experience.
Donna, are you thinking poor treatment of widows is based in pure veda? I guess I always thought poor treatment of anybody was usually a cultural twist. No?
Michael, will you please compare and contrast your theories vs ideologies in relation to “the Veda,” and how it applies to scientific reasoning?
What a wonderful explanation of Vedic science and the reminder of our potential.
“The Veda” is nature. Scientific reasoning is an approach to study nature. It is obviously a viable approach of great merit. The meaning of the word “reasoning” is the crux of the matter here. How do scientists reason? Where does reasoning come from? What is the mechanics and basis of theorization? Vedic Knowledge includes not only the process of observation to test a theory as in the western scientific approach, but also the study of the essential nature of reasoning and theorization itself. That study culminates in the understanding of cognition. We then find two means of gaining knowledge in both the western and eastern approach… outer observation and inner reasoning/cognition. To understand life and existence is to understand the nature of both approaches. Thanks very much for your excellent question. Perhaps it merits a full blog instead of just this short comment.
Thanks for further input Michael. I’d say another way to look at scientific reasoning, would be in terms of having a rational discourse.
When saying, “Your potential goes so far beyond what you have perhaps been led to believe or what you have settled for. Intellectual understanding of Vedic Science is not the goal. It is simply the acquisition of tools that awaken you to the grandeur of your being,” you are speaking more in terms of ideology. Some may question your scientific rigor at this point, but applaud your action toward a social movement.
Having an undergraduate double major in honors physics and math with an electrical engineer father and Ph.d. in physics brother I applaud your affinity for scientific reasoning. Keep in mind that just as a handful of blogs can not make a person a Ph.d. in physics, they can not even begin to provide anything more than a glimpse of Vedic Knowledge. The rigor certainly is there for those who are willing to pursue it. Just as the time existed when science was considered an ideology, a social movement, or worse… so too today some view Vedic knowledge as such. That is most unfortunate. For those willing to go more deeply into the knowledge, I offer classes and retreats. I told my kids that I would like them to at least go far enough in their study of mathematics that they could appreciate its beauty. So few people do that. I feel the same way about Vedic Knowledge. So few look deeply enough.
Great blog and commentary! I would love to hear more about this.