Scriptures: analysis and interpretation

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Apart from experience and logic, one should also take the scriptures as the final approving authority. Otherwise, even false preachers show perfect logic and experience in their interpretation. Therefore one needs the final sanction from the scriptures, which is called as Shruti and Smriti. Shruti is the Veda, which is preserved by recitation from one generation to the other. Not a single word is deleted or added to the Veda because the system of recitation will not allow such pollution. Please do not mistake Me as a fan of Hinduism because I have to tell the truth and merit whatever may be the religion. The only scripture in this world, which is without pollution, is the Veda. No other scripture in this world was preserved as the Veda by such a continuous process of recitation.

Even if you have the original manuscript, there is no proof of the absence of pollution. Is there a hand written manuscript or an oral dictation in recorded form of Jesus or Mohammed or Buddha? Even if you say that the hand-written scripts of the disciples of Jesus exist, rationalists will question it by asking if there is any guarantee they match with the original oral or written version of Jesus. They will question the sincerity of the disciples in recording the words of Jesus. Even the Gita is not an exception to this powerful analysis. Swami Dayananda says that Shankara has written the Gita and introduced it into the Mahabharata. I am not supporting Dayananda. But at the same time I cannot oppose him either. Can I show him the tape recorder in which the Gita was recorded directly from Krishna? No. Then there is an equal probability for both the possibilities. Therefore the Gita too comes under the second category called as Smriti.
Smriti is valid when it is found in (agrees with) the Shruti or the Veda. This is the reason why Shankara or Ramanuja or Madhva quote from the Shruti first and only then from the Gita as Smriti, which can be only supporting evidence. Unless the meaning of any verse of the Gita is found in the Shruti or the Veda, it is not valid.

The verse of the Gita should atleast not contradict the concept presented in the Veda. Thus the Gita, Bible, Qu’ran and the statements of Buddha etc are to be analysed in the light of the Veda. If any concept is contradicting the Veda and if a correlation is not possible, then such a concept is to be rejected. Fortunately, all the scriptures of the second category (Smriti) could be correlated with the Veda and therefore it was established that the same God who spoke the Veda in the beginning of creation subsequently came down and preached all the scriptures.

You need not worry that I have brought your religious scriptures under the second category because there is no single instance where your scripture has contradicted the Veda, if your scripture is represented in the light of correct interpretation. You should feel worried if I show a single instance where your scripture is rejected due to a contradiction with the Veda. Since such a possibility never arose, you need not worry because your scripture becomes equal to the Veda since it has never contradicted the Veda in the light of the correct interpretation.

However, if somebody brings in a statement like the anti-Christ will try to bring the world peace by uniting all the religions, such a statement cannot be accepted as the statement of God. It is only pollution (statements inserted subsequently in the original scripture). God is the very essence of the peace. Jesus is the very embodiment of peace.
I am not finding such things (misinterpretations) only with Christianity. I can quote such things even in Hinduism, if you mistake Me as a fan of Hinduism internally. The scholars of Visishtadvaita branch of the Hindu religion founded by Ramanuja quoted some verses from a book written by Sage Vyasa. These verses say that Shankara was an incarnation of a demon. It is very clear that these verses were composed by those scholars and were introduced into the book.

Hinduism stands as a mini model for the whole world. Whatever you find in the world on the macro-scale can be found in Hinduism on the micro-scale. Hand written scripts were always subjected to intrusions and extrusions in course of long duration of time. But the Veda never existed in the form of a written manuscript. It existed even before the technology of writing on palm leaves was discovered. The Veda was preserved only by the process of recitation. During the process of recitation a very large number of scholars were involved who belonged to old, middle and new generations. Pollution at any level was impossible.

Thus the authority in spirituality lies in the following four:

1) Shruti (Veda);

2) Smriti (Gita, Bible, Qu’ran, statements of Buddha etc.) which must coincide with Shruti or atleast not contradict Shruti;

3) Yukti, the logical analysis with discrimination power to differentiate truth and falsehood and

4) Vidvad Anubhava, which is the experience of scholars who are the realised souls.

I once again request all the other religions with folded hands and many many salutations, that one should not mistake Me as a fan of Hinduism just because I was born as a Hindu, for giving the first position to the Shruti or Veda, which is a Hindu scripture.

I am not a blind fan of any religion including Hinduism. Did I not praise Christians and Muslims in the concept of re-birth and condemn Hindus severely? Hindus have become lazy and have neglected the spiritual effort thinking that there are several human re-births.

I condemned this concept and showed in the Hindu scripture itself, that the human birth is very rare. Thus Hindus have misunderstood their own religious scripture, whereas Christians and Muslims have clearly understood their own religious scriptures in this point.

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Self experiences........

If self experiences are in tune with Your GURU & Scriptures,then its ok.
But if your self experiences and GURUS'S experiences(as per GURU) & conflicting with Scriptures ,even then you are OK and on right path.
As Both of you & your GURU are living and and certifying the same with same experiences.
At this point Scriptures are useless.

madan_gautam | Mon, 04/06/2009 - 17:58
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The scriptures say that your sacrifice of money is highest.

The scriptures say that your sacrifice of money is highest.

1) In the very beginning itself (second Adhyaya), Gita says that the fruit of the work must be sacrificed (Karmajam Buddhi Yuktahi Phalam Tyaktva Maneeshinah). This means that realized scholars sacrifice the fruit of the work. Gita keeps sacrifice of the fruit of the work on the top most level. Gita says ‘Jnanat dhyanam visishyate, Dhyanat Karma Phala Tyagah’i.e., Bhakti (devotion) is better than Jnana (knowledge) and sacrificing the fruit of your work (money) is better than Bakthi.

2) Gita says ‘Sarva karma Phala tyagam’, ‘prahuh tyagam vichakshanah’ i.e., if you can give the fruit of the entire work to the Lord, then that is real sacrifice.

3) ‘Na karmana, Na prajaya, Dhanena, tyage naike Amritatvam Aanasuh’ i.e., you cannot attain God by selfish work or the children. You can attain God only by sacrificing your money for God’s work. – The Veda

4) The first words of the first Upanishath (Easavaasyam) says, ‘Tena tyaktena Bhunjeedah’ ‘Ma gradha ha kasyasvit Dhanam’ i.e., this entire world is the money of the Lord. Take whatever you require from His wealth; don’t take extra which is not permitted by the God. If you have taken, you are a thief. Return it back to the Lord.

5) Veda says ‘Samvidha’ ‘Shraddhayaa’ ‘Hriya’ ‘Bhiya dheyam’, i.e., return the extra to the Lord in human form after recognizing Him through His Jnana. Wait patiently till you recognize the Lord in human form. When you are donating your money to Him (actually you are giving Him His own money) you should give it with fear and feel shy.

6) In Yoga Vasistha the Guru Vasista says to Rama (Dhanamarjaya) i.e., bring money and offer it to me as Guru Dakshina before I can teach you the Jnana.

Shirdi Sai used to ask Guru Dakshina from everybody to teach this important sacrifice. He criticized a merchant who came for Brahma Jnana but was not giving even Rs.5/- from his pocket. Mr. Patil, a farmer used to donate the entire yearly crop to Baba and took back whatever Baba gave back to him.

Matthew–6 : 19 to 22
“Do not Lay up for yourselves, treasures on earth. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also”.

Matthew -7: 21
“Not everyone who say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but He who does the will of My Father in Heaven”.

Holy Islam speaks about the sacrifice of fruit of work (money) through the word ‘Jakaat’. This word says that every rich man is expected to practice the sacrifice within the limit of his wealth. Islam says that people are loving too much the money (Q’ran: AalFajr – 20). Islam says that by sacrifice of money your wealth will not decrease and in fact your wealth increases by sacrifice. Islam also mentions that by sacrifice of money your wealth becomes most pure.
At Thy Lotus Feet His Holiness Sri Dattaswami

Anil Antony
Universal Spirituality for World Peace

dattaswami2 | Tue, 04/07/2009 - 02:00
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Because the Veda was preserved through recitation, 'pollution' was impossible? I would say it was inevitable.

In any case, the most obvious errors in your preaching seems to result from your misinterpretation.

Phroggy | Mon, 04/06/2009 - 18:38
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I agree with you.
But the time is of earning of money by be fooling the seekers.

madan_gautam | Mon, 04/06/2009 - 19:28