Holds and Folds of Veda Dharma for the Social Discipline

By Prabhakar Calyam.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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Veda Dharma, also called the “Sanatana Dharma” has holds and folds on mankind for nurturing noble character needed to attain the life’s goals or purusharthas: Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. It encompasses religion, and drives individuals to attain higher levels of human expectations, and thus sustains order and well-being in the society. In my 30-minute presentation, I will discuss excerpts pertaining to holds and folds of Veda Dharma as seen in ancient texts such as Rg Veda, Yajur Veda and Mahabharata, and from viewpoint of Adi Shankaracharya. I will also describe foundations of “Yoga” or practice, as well as “Samskruti” or culture relating to Veda Dharma that has evolved over the times to the current day. I will particularly explain how they have been simplified in the form of activities such as Vratas (i.e., vows)/GayatriUpasana (i.e., meditation) and have made it more convenient for wider adoption at all levels in the society: men, women and children. In conclusion, I will outline how the holds and folds of Veda Dharma have regulated the society and have helped realize the vision of “Vasudaika Kutumbam”.

Keywords: Veda Dharma, Sanatana Dharma, Religion and Society

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.77-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 708.050KB).

Prof. Prabhakar Calyam

Director, Veda Adhyayana Kendra, Bangalore, Chicago, IL, USA

He is a Kendra Director, Department of Veda. He is Vedic scholar. He obtained his Masters Degree in Sanskrit from Karnatak University and Ph.D. for his thesis on ‘Sukla Yajur Veda’ from Poona University. He has over thirty years of teaching experience as a Professor and has published more than 300 research papers. He has also authored four books; Sukla Yajur Veda (Vol. I to IV); Tapo Anustana Manjari: A compendium of Vedic Mantras for Daily Worship; Soundarya Lahari Prayoga Yoga: A Manual and Mythology of Sukla Yajurveda. He is the Chief Editor of the monthly bulletin “Veda Nada Sarit” and the Annual Journal “Veda Ganga”, all published by the Veda Sruti Publications. He has served as Faculty and Head of the Sanskrit Department, National College. He is now an Adjunct Professor of Vedas at Hindu University, USA. As the Director of Nada Veda Adhyayana Kendra and President of Bangalore chapter of WAVES (USA), he is actively engaged in spreading the message of the Vedas to communities in India and USA.