13. When all other civilizations (more than 100) got wiped out of the globe, our nation still stood all the test of the times and invasions and still spreading the glorious sanaathana dharma.
14. The sanathana dharma is based on the opinions and directions given by not one Rushi, but many Rushies for the last many thousand years on a variety of the subjects.
15. They did addition, deletion, modification and corrections to/of the past literature.
16. Thus always new knowledge was added to the existing and thus the books got refined and updated, unlike other religious books of others religions.
17. None of our Rushies said that what he tells is the last word. They said further improvement is needed in all branches of knowledge.
18. They said saakshaath anubhavair dhrushto…. what they could see and experience is put forth for to others. Not merely as someone told or the teacher said.
19. Four pramaanas are the prime focus of the knowledge search for Indians. They are 1. Prathyaksham pramaanam 2. Saasthram pramaanam 3 Aaptha vaakayam pramaanam 4 Anumaanam pramaanam.
20. These four pramaanas are taken from Darsanas, Bhagavath Geetha, Dharma saastraas and Ayurveda , respectively.
21. Prathyaksham pramaanam means seeing/ experiencing is believing. Saasthram pramaanam means the scientific observation is the bases for conclusions. Aaptha vaakyam pramaanam means the opinion of the scholars are to be taken before arriving at a conclusion. 4 Anumaanam pramaanam means , collect as much data as possible and arrive at a conclusion through guessing and estimating the data.
22. Without the above four factors, none is put forth for the public to blindly follow. We never said blindly believe without questioning.
23. Our forefathers instructed to question and ask question till you get the answer. All the puranaas, and mahabharatha are the question and answer method presentation.
24. Even the existing literature could be modified the way an individual wants, he can interpret the way he wants. No religious leader will threaten, even if it is misinterpreted.
25. Thus we have 25 recensions of Rg veda, 108 recensions of yajurveda, 1001 recensions of saama veda and 52 recensions of atharva veda. These numbers were arrived at by additions, deletions, modification of the existing literature got from the guru to the students. Anyone has the freedom to create more recensions which will be known by his name. The original text will remain intact too
In the service of Motherland & Dharma
IISH Communication Team