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Sounds and Gaps in Veda and Vedic Literature
- In Maharishi’s uncreated commentary of Rk Veda, where each further elaboration of the Vedic expressions is the "commentary" on the previous more compactified expressions, the precise sequence of sounds is highly significant; it is in the sequential progression of sound and silence that the true meaning and content of Veda reside, and not on the level of intellectual meanings ascribed to Veda in the various translations. The sounds are the syllables, and the silence is the gaps (Sandhi) between syllables (Akshara), verses (Richas), hymns (Suktas), etc. Maharishi locates the fundamental significance of Veda and the Vedic Literature as emerging from the dynamics of the gaps, the silent interludes between each syllable, word, and verse. This is the organizing power of the sounds of the Veda that has been referred to above. The profound significance of Veda and the Vedic Literature is that they are the expression of the Laws of Nature, which continuously transform one state into another, maintaining order and evolution on the basis of their eternal, immortal, self-referral reality. These mechanics of transformation are located in the gaps. It is in the full understanding of the dynamics of the gaps that the understanding of the holistic, all-inclusive character of Veda and the Vedic Literature lies. The gap has four values: 1.The mechanics by which a sound or a syllable collapses to the point value of the gap–sound becomes silence–i.e. the end of the syllable. This is called Pradhwamsa-Abhava; 2. A silent point value of all possibilities, called Atyanta-Abhava; 3. The structuring dynamics of what happens in the gap, called Anyonya-Abhava; 4. The mechanics by which a sound emerges from the point value of the gap, i.e. the emergence of the following syllable. This is called Prag-Abhava. From this knowledge of the mechanics of transformation in the gap, we gain insight into the mechanics of transformation of any process in Nature. This is especially important in Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture because we are very concerned with transformations. We want to be sure that in each stage of growth, in each state of successive elaboration from the seed to the fully developed plant, that the transformations the plant is undergoing are nourished and upheld by both the total value of Natural Law, and the specific value of Natural Law that is lively at that point of transformation. This means that the Atyanta-Abhava and the Anyonya-Abhava must both be lively in each transformation. This is one of the most important procedures of Vedic Organic Agriculture–to apply the total value of Natural Law and the necessary specific values of Natural Law to uphold each stage of transformation in the life of plants and animals. In this manner, we can be sure that that total nourishing value of Natural Law will be structured in everything the farmer grows. This perfectly orderly, eternal structure of knowledge–Veda–has been preserved over thousands of years in the Vedic Tradition of India. The complete knowledge of Veda and its profound significance for life has been revived and understood in a scientific framework by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in his Vedic Science and Technology.
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- Gaps in Veda and Vedic Literature
- Sounds in Veda and Vedic Literature
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- Maharishi's Apaurusheya Bhashya
- Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture
- Vedic Sounds