Chapter

Vedas

Arvind Sharma

in Modern Hindu Thought

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195676389
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081974 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195676389.003.0022
Vedas

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Classical Hinduism accepted, by and large, the dogma of Vedic authority and infallibility as far as knowledge about dharma and moksa was concerned; it did so on the basis of the claim that the Vedas were eternal and self-revealed. Although some of modern Hinduism's representatives, such as Swāmī Dayānanda Sarasvatī, took a stand similar to the classical one, modern Hindus have generally taken a different view. Whereas the classical doctrine of the verbal authority of the Vedas involved a theory of language, modern Hinduism looks upon the Vedas as the record of the religious experience of seers, and hence of value—the scriptures of the other religions of the world could also be viewed similarly. Thus, modern Hinduism tends to take into account all the scriptures of the world and even consider them as Vedas.

Keywords: Vedas; Hinduism; Mahatma Gandhi; dharma; moksa; scriptures; word of God

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Subjects: Hinduism

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