By Yogi Ashwini
21st October 2012
Vedic civilisation and culture—the oldest of all civilisations—has proved its supremacy over all other existing cultures by virtue of its concepts and superior thought process.
When the whole world was living in jungles and leading a nomadic life of hunting and gathering, people living in this part of the planet had developed a highly evolved culture. Their thought process was so unique that it encompassed within it, entire creation; there was no aspect of the physical as well as the spiritual world that was left unattended and un-detailed. Till date, the human mind has not been able to comprehend most of the philosophies and concepts given by the Vedic seers. In this article, I invite the reader to delve into a few of these concepts and understand how deep and how superior their thought process was.
Let’s start with the idea of God. God, for the Vedic seer, was an energy which is very light and subtle. Light and subtle, in this context, does not mean that it has no weight; they were not measuring God as per the metric system—for them, light meant thoughtlessness. Heaviness and lightness were decided by the kind of thought process that was going inside a person’s head. The idea of God in the Vedic mind was akin to peace; therefore this thought becomes lighter than the thought of war. Similarly, with regard to food habits, Vedic seers thought all food to be divine. Food has to be relished. So it has to contain the concept of rasa—and yet it should be healthy. Therefore, food was perceived as a combination of taste and health. Lighter food was considered better because the brain was given predominance over brawn. While heavy meats develop your muscles, they reduce your brain functions. What good is a strong body if optimum brain function is missing? When you have to develop superior fighting arts, superior technology and advanced scientific theories, then you don’t need brawn, it is brain you need. The General who sits in the war room does all the planning will win or lose the battle on the basis of his brain and fearless—not by brawn.
The high state of weaponry developed at that time required brains to create. Enough proof of their sophistication has been found in the remnants of the Vedic ages as uncovered by historians and archaeologists. High levels of radioactivity has been found in the ancient bones uncovered at Harappa and Mohenjodaro, clearly indicating the existence of nuclear weaponry. Recently, a programme on BBC said that the next thing in war, after the atomic bomb, would be weather warfare—weapons that will dry up all the water on earth; cause floods or dust-storms; or create clouds that will reduce visibility to zero sowing chaos and panic. This is the kind of weaponry being developed by modern world now, but the Vedic seers had already discussed and realised these concepts eons ago. Such weapons were the basis of ancient wars. In the Mahabharat war, Lord Krishna removed the sun from the horizon by covering it with clouds, which gave the impression that the sun has set. This clearly indicates that thought had been developed to a high degree and was in practice at that point of time.
God is a subtle energy, the subtlest of the subtle and called shukshma iti sukshma, and is not just somebody sitting up there with a stick in his hand. It is your own thoughts that judge you; the lighter the thought, the higher the dimension you reach—the lower the thought, the lower is the dimension that you will descend to. The animal that only thinks of its own food, sleep and shelter is born in the lower energy world—the animal world. A human being, who thinks about everybody else, takes birth in the higher world. No wonder the ancient practices of Yog and Sanatan Kriya emphasise upon charity, service and helping those around for evolution. The Vedic seer used thought as the basis to describe God and the devil. The heaviest thought is the devil; the lightest, subtlest and purest thought which is for the entire creation is God—nirakar, parabrahma, one that has no form, no limit, and is not bound by space. The concept of God was so fine that till date, nothing can rival it.
Yogi Ashwini is the spiritual head of Dhyan Ashram. Email:email@example.com