An excerpt from BAWS, Vol.4 There are various forms of Government known to history—Monarchy, Aristocracy and Democracy to which may be added Dictatorship. The most prevalent form of Government at the present time is Democracy. There is however no unanimity as to what constitutes Democracy. When one examines the question one finds that there are … Continue reading DEMOCRACY AND HINDU SOCIAL SYSTEM
RIDDLE NO. 9 HOW THE UPANISHADS CAME TO BE MADE SUBORDINATE TO THE VEDAS? n the preceding chapter it was shown that originally the Upanishads were not a part of the Vedas and that the two in the matter of doctrine were opposed to each other. It is instructive to compare the later relations between the … Continue reading HOW THE UPANISHADS CAME TO BE MADE SUBORDINATE TO THE VEDAS?
RIDDLE NO. 8 HOW THE UPANISHADS DECLARED WAR ON THE VEDAS? What is the position of the Upanishads in relation to the Vedas? Are the two complimentary to each other or are they antagonistic? Of course, no Hindu would admit that the Vedas and Upanishads are repugnant to each other. On the contrary, it is the … Continue reading HOW THE UPANISHADS DECLARED WAR ON THE VEDAS?
RIDDLE NO. 7 THE TURN OF THE TIDE OR HOW DID THE BRAHMINS DECEARE THE VEDAS TO BE LOWER THAN THE LOWEST OF THEIR SHASTRAS? The religious literature of the Hindus includes (1) The Vedas, (2) The Brahmanas, (3) The Aranyakas, (4) Upanishads, (5) Sutras, (6) Itihas, (7) Smritis and (8) Puranas. As has been pointed out … Continue reading THE TURN OF THE TIDE OR HOW DID THE BRAHMINS DECEARE THE VEDAS TO BE LOWER THAN THE LOWEST OF THEIR SHASTRAS?
RIDDLE NO. 6 THE CONTENTS OF THE VEDAS: HAVE THEY ANY MORAL OR SPIRITUAL VALUE? I If the Vedas are to be accepted as binding and Infallible then what they teach must have ethical and spiritual value. Nobody can regard a rag to be binding and infallible because a Philosopher like Jaimini came forward to lend … Continue reading THE CONTENTS OF THE VEDAS: HAVE THEY ANY MORAL OR SPIRITUAL VALUE?
RIDDLE NO. 3 THE TESTIMONY OF OTHER SHASTRAS ON THE ORIGIN OF THE VEDAS I The search for the origin of the Vedas may well begin with the Vedas themselves. The Rig-Veda propounds a theory of the origin of the Vedas. It is set out in the famous Purusha Sukta. According to it, there was a … Continue reading THE TESTIMONY OF OTHER SHASTRAS ON THE ORIGIN OF THE VEDAS
Riddle No. 2 THE ORIGIN OF THE VEDAS— THE BRAHMINIC EXPLANATION OR AN EXERCISE IN THE ART OF CIRCUMLOCUTION There is hardly any Hindu who does not regard the Vedas as the most sacred Book of his religion. And yet ask any Hindu what is the origin of the Vedas and it would be difficult to … Continue reading THE ORIGIN OF THE VEDAS