Sacred Vedic tradition

The Vedas are synonymous with truth and represent the ultimate knowledge that is God. They collectively represent a sacred tradition wherein transcendental matters pertaining to God, atma, evil and good, sin and retribution are discussed, said Sri K. Srinivasan in a discourse.

These can be understood only intuitively since they lie beyond the scope of the rational which depends on what is seen and what can be surmised. There are other systems and faiths that do not accept the Vedas but also have delved into the pursuit of salvation and spiritual experiences through self-effort and meditation. Trust and faith in the Vedic tradition implies the acceptance of God as the sole creator, who also takes care of the entire universe at all times. The sufferings, the joy and sorrow in the life of a jivatma are the result of past actions from a beginning-less time. But there is hope of getting rid of karma and thereby from the shackles of the cycle of birth.

The whole spiritual effort is to understand that actions are binding and that an individual has the freedom in choosing to act in a particular manner. But he has no control over the result of his actions.

Many things are beyond the human grasp and many things happen unexpectedly. For instance, farming today, though aided by scientific research, cannot escape the harsh effects of untimely rains or natural calamities. At best, one could pray for the safety of the crop.

The theory of karma ordains one to do his duty at all costs and to remember that success or failure in one’s effort is not in one’s hand. It gives confidence and strength of mind to pursue the goal sincerely with the faith that God is the strong ally who can guide individual spiritual destiny.

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