They are India's proudest and most ancient possessions. They are the only composition in the universe invested with Divine origin, and almost Divine sanctity. It is pre-eminently the worship of Nature in its most imposing and sublime aspect.
They are said to emanate from God, and are held to be the means for attaining God. They have been heirlooms of the Hindus from generation to generation from time immemorial. The sky which bends over all, the beautiful and blushing dawn which like a busy housewife wakes men from slumber and sends them to their work, the gorgeous tropical sun which vivifies the earth, the air which pervades the world, the fire that cheers and enlightens us, and the violent storms which in India usher in those copious rains which fill the land with plenty, these were the gods whom the early HIndus loved to extol and to worship.
He wrote: "I seek a light that shall be new, yet old, the oldest indeed of all lights...
I seek not science, not religion, not Theosophy but Veda - the truth about Brahman, not only about His essentiality, but about His manifestation, not a lamp on the way to the forest, but a light and a guide to joy and action in the world, the truth which is beyond opinion, the knowledge which all thought strives after - yasmin vijnate sarvam vigna - tam (which being known, all is known); I believe it to be the concealed divinity within Hinduism..." , - but a veil has to be drawn aside, a curtain has to be lifted. I believe the future of India and the world to depend on its discovery and on its application, not, to the renunciation of life, but to life in the world and among men.
Sruti include the Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva) and the Bhagavad Gita. Each of the four Vedas consists of four parts: Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas, and Upanishads.
means "that which is remembered." Smriti scriptures are derived from the Vedas and are considered to be of human origin and not of divine origin.
At a later date, these were compiled by Sage Vyasa for the benefit of future generations. The rishis made claims so cosmic that even modern physics seems only to be catching up with them and realizing, after every scientific breakthrough, that the ancients were there long before them.The Vedas are considered to be eternal, because they are not merely superb poetic composition but represent the divine truth itself as perceived through the elevated consciousness of great seers.in Sanskrit means "that which is heard." Thus the Vedas are the eternal truths that the Vedic seers, called rishis, are said to have heard during their deep meditations.They brought out Dharma Sastras to guide man's conduct in society, Grihya Sutras to guide the conduct of house-holders, and a unique science, Meemamsa, prescribing sacrificial lore for the attainment of individual and national prosperity.They codified the laws of sanitation, town-planning, architecture, sculpture and enunciated the principles of music, dancing, and the art of love.They were written to explain and elaborate the Vedas, making them understandable and more meaningful to the general population.