Episode # 63 – Vedas & Upanishads – Two “User Manuals” for a successful human life!!!

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In the previous episode, we had witnessed the continuation of the discussion on measurements of time, wherein we spoke about how time calculations are done for the “Deva Lokha” and the “Bramha Lokha”. Summarizing yesterday’s discussion in a nutshell, we saw that the calculation of one day for the “Deva Lokha” is equal to one year of our “Manushya Lokha”. This means that the span of the “Deva Lokha” as per the calculation comes to around 12,000 years. Thus, we can infer that whatever is the gross age of the Manushya Lokha, it approximates to around 12,000 years for the “Deva Lokha”, notably with this present Kali Yuga spanning across a meager 1200 years, for the Devas. Moreover, it is said that the world goes through 1000 such Chatur-Yugas put one after the other in a sequential manner. This means, we’ve to multiply this figure of 43,21,000 by another 1000 to get the actual age of the earth! This would come to around 4,321,000,000 years or roughly 4.3 billion years! This, interestingly is the time-period of “Half a day” for the “Brahma Lokha” (The place where Bhagawan Bramha resides). Thus in other words, we can witness here that one half day of the Brahma Lokha constitutes 1000 Chatur Yugas! Similarly, another 1000 Chatur Yugas would constitute the second half of one day for the Brahma Lokha! Bhagawan Bramha’s estimated lifespan is 100 such years! So we can imagine the ultra-long lifespan of Bhagawan Bramha, as he is the “creator-in-chief” of this world! Perhaps, Bhagawan Bramha is given such a long lifespan owing to this huge responsibility that Bhagawan Vishnu has shouldered upon him!

Now moving on further thus, as Bhagawan creates this world with so much of statistics and measurements with respect to time, He also creates important Maharishis and the Vedas too.

“Trilokya yuga saahasram bahidaah bramhano dinam!

Nishaavasaana aarabdhaha loka kalpaah anuvartate!!”

This is very important here – Now that Bhagawan has created living beings like us in this world. However, we would not know as to how do we behave and conduct ourselves with each other in this world, isn’t it? Someone has to teach us all of these. This is like we get something called a “manual” or a “rule book” when we buy some expensive item from a shop. For instance, we buy a water purifier from a company. In those days of course, we just use a cloth to filter the water for drinking and cooking purposes as the water was relatively cleaner. However, given the pollution that we have today, this purification method doesn’t hold good anymore. Hence today we go in for sophisticated water purifiers with various inbuilt technologies, which most of the time we wouldn’t even be able to understand and comprehend! The moment we buy this purifying machine, it always comes with the “user manual”, depicting the ways and means on how to handle this machine. In this manual, it would also be written that if this machine develops some sort of a “technical snag”, please call up our service personnel to come and attend. Most of the times, neither the service personnel turn up whenever we call them, or, even if they come, they would charge us exorbitant amounts of money for replacing worn-out parts of the machine. Sometimes, these machines come with something called as Annual Maintenance Contracts (AMCs). If we have an AMC for the machine, of course we can save lot of money while repairing it.

Similarly, just like we have user manuals for machines today, we have the “user manual” for our own life too! This “user manual” for our life is nothing but the text called Vedas, Ithihaasas and Puraanas. Only if we go through these manuals properly, will we be able to conduct and run the machines called “human body” and “mind” in a proper manner.

Continuing thus, with the comparison of the water purifier, we might have experienced that as the machine is being installed at our place, there will be a person who will show us a “live demo” as to how this machine works and how the purified water would taste. However, in few cases, the machine would stop working at the moment when this person leaves our house! J Moreover, while leaving, this person would also get a signature from us in a sheet that would say that all parameters of this machine are working properly! This machine, unfortunately would refuse to work, the moment we put our signature in this sheet! J

Similarly in this world too, it is not enough if Bhagawan gives us the “user manual” called the Vedas and Upanishads! These two texts are the master manuals of our human life! However, we would not be able to understand the practical application of these two manuals in our daily life, isn’t it? This is the reason why Bhagawan incarnates every now and then, at the end of each Yuga to explain and demonstrate in person, the contents and essence of these manuals called Vedas and Upanishads! These “live demonstrations” done by Bhagawan during His incarnations in this world are carefully documented in the form of “Ithihaasas” and “Puraanas”. Here too we can see that when Bhagawan is alive in the human form as part of the incarnation, things go well in this world. However, after He departs from this world back to Vaikunta, things begin to falter, just like the case of the water purifier machine! Here, of course there is another solution – Just like how the person who shows the “demo” of the water purifier, gives the instructions to some other people at our home, just in case we didn’t understand the whole thing, Bhagawan too has passed on these instructions to some people in this world who are trusted by Bhagawan! These are none other than the Maharishis, Alwars, Aachaaryas, etc. who meticulously have dedicated their entire lives to propagate Bhagawan’s instructions and messages to all of us to this date!

Hence, it is our bound duty to pay heed to the words of Aachaaryas, Alwars, etc. if not for Bhagawan’s words directly! The problem here however is that, we do not do this also in today’s scenario! This is where, we start accumulating our “Karma” and our “Paapas” (Sins) in our life! So for today, let us ponder over this important message and we shall wait till the next episode to witness the continued discussion! Stay tuned! J











Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala, India. A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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