Sri Mantra Peeteswari Veda Gurukulam Kumbakonam

Adhyapakar: Brahmasri Gururama Ghanapadigal

SOME 'COMMANDMENTS' IN THE VEDAS

(Excerpts from book 'The Great Hindu Tradition' by Sarma Sastrigal)

From the omnipresent Vedas we derive many invaluable directions and guidelines, which are authoritative in nature.


* Behave in such a way that Lord loves you. That is more important than your loving Him (Taittiriya Samhita)
* Don’t be a debtor. (Acchidram, Taittiriya Samhita)
* Be firm as a rock. (Ekagni kandam)
* Treat Brahmanas on par with Devas. (1st kanda; Taittiriya Samhita)
* During the monthly periods of women keep away from them (5th kanda, Taittiriya Samhita)
* Give your wife the right status and treat her with esteem.(Ashtakam, Braahmanam)
* Do not get upset over abuse heaped on you by someone. In fact their abuse indirectly helps you, because in a sense it is absolution of your past karma. You should learn to welcome it (2nd Ashtakam, Braahmanam)
* If you have to receive dana (get a donation), receive it only from a deserving person who has got it by the right means. (1st Ashtakam, Braahmanam)
* Speak only good words. (Aranyaka)
* Do not criticise the food you take. Do not waste food. And cook food in abundant quantities so you will never have to refuse a mendicant. (Bruguvalli Upanishad,Yajur Veda) [the Veda adds “tad vratam” - i.e., make this a firm resolve.]
* Learning is possible only for the awake, the alert and the conscious.
* Diligently follow the path of the ancestors and you shall achieve greatness.
* Do not slacken when performing good deeds.
* To realize God, hear only about Him; think only about Him; and meditate only on Him.


Some precious edicts from the Vedas that give us useful advice on leading the good life:


* Direct your efforts first on acquiring knowledge of the Vedas before seeking any other learning.
* Do not drink. Do not make drunkards your acquaintances.
* Do not waste time looking for reasons to learn the Vedas.
* You do not need any motives for Veda adhyayana. It is your duty, no less.
* Avoid words of negativity.
* Memorize the Vedas and internalize the knowledge.
* Learn Vedas only from a Guru.
* Never allow more than three successive generations in your family to miss the study of the Vedas.
* Learning and teaching Vedas is a form of intense worship.

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