“Veda is the eternal underlying structure of all existence.
Not just the song of life, but also the science.”
– Maharshi Maheshananda
The Veda, the source of all existence, is born out of one, and only one, thing. It lies beyond relativity, beyond the realm of things, and it therefore is sometimes referred to as “no-thingness.” Some call it “pure Is-ness” or “pure Consciousness.” Others call it “the Unified Field” of physics. Others call it “God.” All things, including the Veda, are born out of the self-interacting dynamic of that Oneness… Pure Consciousness interacting with and becoming aware of itself, over and over again. It has been compared to the emptiness in the center of the seed (no-thingness) that births the seed (the Veda), that births the entire tree (existence). All Knowledge of the tree of existence is contained within that Oneness, that Is-ness, that Unified Field.
The self-interacting dynamic of pure Consciousness, the Veda, acts as a recording, eternally pulsating at the depth of existence. In ancient times, Rishis or Seers, refined their physiology to the extent that they became a “record player.” Those Rishis were capable of allowing those pulsations to well up through their physiology all the way to the physical level. The process began from deep within the rishi and went out through their vocal cords into the air as sound. Then that sound entered from outside the listener and went into the depth of their being.
Schools were created to train pandits, people to memorize what was being chanted by those Rishis. The pandits then functioned like tape recorders, saving the cognitions of the Rishis for people to hear throughout the ages. When pandits chant the Veda, the vibrations reawaken deeper levels within the listener. Therefore, when pujas and havans are performed with strict adherence to Vedic tradition, they become a powerful tool to facilitate the health and evolution of the listener.
It takes much more awareness, effort, and discipline to sustain a strictly Vedic Shiva temple. It is not the easy path, but follows in the footsteps of Adi Shankara, an incarnation of Shiva. He purified Vedic knowledge by teaching discernment and instituted the worship of deities as worshiping different forms of the one God.
This Vedic temple, Sri Somesvara, is designed to help each person fully awaken to God.
Vedic Cognition: Maharshi explores one of life’s deepest and most precious secrets,
and applies it directly to the value of a truly Vedic temple.