How Vedic Literature is the Father of Modern Knowledge; An Analysis
Why was it that we Indians, always look at what is wrong with India and never appreciate what is great about our country? As a nation we have survived the test of time. Even though we are still a growing economy, we are not a failed nation. In the past, our country had achieved the peak of success for thousands of years. How many nations can boast of such a heritage?
It is proved that modern day discoveries, inventions, theories, concepts are broadly based on Vedic knowledge/literature. Many scientists have studied Vedic literature to get indepth insights of scientific, spiritual, psychological, behavioral knowledge.
Ancient Gurukul education system was honored worldwide owing to its multi-dimensional, life and scientific management approach, various skills and knowledge imparted since childhood. Developing leadership qualities, Management principles and concepts, teamwork, problem-solving techniques with ease and calm mind, understanding mind and its complexity, sharpen intellect and memory, seeing and managing ego, understanding soul spiritually and by scientific means, research and development, environment management were all part of Vedic education system. This is apart from science, mathematics, social science, grammar in our ancient Gurukul system.
Then what went wrong that we went away from our Vedic culture and Gurukul education system?
Universities like Takshshila and Nalanda were considered topmost universities in the world. Today our universities are not even in top 100 universities worldwide. When we had gained higher position globally i.e. socially, economically and spiritually owing to our virtues, Vedic knowledge, complacency and careless attitude cost us dearly, our enemies were conspiring to destroy us, first Mughals and then Britishers. Mughals had started setting narrative against our great culture as they wanted to capture our territories to exploit the economic resources and for religious conversion of the people and they succeeded to some extent by creating rift on caste basis, coercion, loot, etc.
Later on, Britishers came; they realized that to get control for longer time, they need to destroy the culture and education system. They appointed Max Muller and Thomas Macaulay to make this happen. It actually did happen as they planned.
Max Muller, perhaps the most well known early Indologist and Sanskritist, was the one who tried to set narrative against the Vedas and great Indian culture as desired by the British government. He and other Indologists wanted to control and convert the followers of Vedic culture; therefore they widely propagated that the Vedas were simply mythology. They intentionally misinterpreted Sanskrit texts to make the Vedas look primitive and they systematically tried to make Indians ashamed of their own culture.
Aryan invasion theory was one such creation of fake history by these Indologists. Thus, the actions of these Indologists seem to indicate that they were motivated by a racial race. Although later in life, Max Muller glorified the Vedas, he admitted the purely speculative nature of his Vedic chronology, and in his last work published shortly before his death, The Six Systems of Indian Philosophy, he wrote, “whatever be the date of Vedic hymns whether 1500 or 15000 B.C.E., they have their own unique place and stand by themselves in the literature of the world.”
Thomas Macaulay, who introduced English education in India wanted to make the Indians into a race that was, Indian in blood and color, but English in taste, in opinion, in morals, and in intellect.
Acharya Chanakya, political thinker, was the first to visualise the concept of a ‘nation’ in human history. During his time, India was split into various kingdoms. He brought them all together under one central governance, which later became India. He documented his lifelong work in his book Arthashastra and Chanakya Niti. For ages, rulers across the world have referred to the Arthashastra for building a nation on sound economics, based on spiritual values.
Management has been recognised as a science since the 1950s. One of the fathers of modern management is Peter Drucker. But didn’t ‘management’ exist in India even before the 1950s and the Drucker era? As a nation we have over 5000 years to our credit. Did we not have management scientists in our country before the 20th century? In the ancient Indian scriptures — Ramayana, Mahabharata, the Upanishads — we found brilliant discussions of management strategies.
Acharya Chanakya’s management philosophies/principles were used to make modern principles and are being used worldwide.
Vedic literature contains descriptions of advanced scientific techniques, sometimes even more sophisticated than those used in our modern technological world. Modern metallurgists have not been able to produce iron of comparable quality to the 22 foot high Iron pillar of Delhi, which is the largest hand forged block of iron from antiquity.
Vedic cosmology, astrology, space research, planets and galaxies, medicinal science and surgery, nuclear theory, thermodynamics, energy concepts, environment management and many discoveries and innovations are part of Vedic literature.
We as Indians suffered a heavy loss economically, socially and spiritually owing to ignorance of our great Vedic literature. It is time to put our focus back on Vedic knowledge so that our youngsters grow on all fronts especially research and development, skills and knowledge building to make India great again and lead the world with balanced growth.
Featured image courtesy: The Vedic Pond.
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Pankaj Jayswal is an author and a blogger. He writes in English, Marathi and Hindi on topics ranging from Politics, Technology to Spiritualism, History, and more.