The Philosophy Of Vedas, Bible and Quran Are The Same?
June 10, 2011 12:32pm CST
Vedas can be traced back into the 5000 BC. As Bible and Quran and many other Holy books came after them, will there be any chance of Vedic influence on any of the other religious books? As from a spiritual point of view, the philosophy and the wisdom of truth are tried explaining in the best possible ways by all the holy books in a similar way and yet none could give a proper definition of what God is. What is your take on it. Keep the arguments constructive.
11 Jun 11
While these books may be a good guide into human behaviour and how you should live your life none of them will tell you what God is. Nobody alive or who has ever lived knows who or what the power or being is the started the universe and laid down the natural laws by which it works and how life can start and evolve. A lot of people may tell they know who or what god is and what he or she wants but in fact it is all in their minds and not in the real world. Since the universe and life etc is so wonderful it must be that the being that started has an intellect way way superior to any human intellect so it is impossible for any human being to give a proper definition because they do not know. It is true that with modern science we know far more than the men who wrote those books, which in most cases were written for political reasons, but even with our modern research we are only scraping the surface.of the knowledge that is out there to be discovered
12 Jun 11
Your views are fabulous and futuristic and you are someone who loves seeing light at the other end of the tunnel. Well science is all what we know and what we don't know is what we call as the God. I totally agree with you when you said no religions have been able to define god properly and it is still amazing how they bend into knowing everything about God. And you also get to see the big picture I agree. But maidangels, the debate here is about Vedas, Bible and Quran. Has Vedas influenced any of the other religions?
• United States
10 Jun 11
As I assume you know Vedas refer specifically to Buddhism and Hinduism. They are ancient Sanskrit in reference to "knowledge". Very beautiful works of knowledge. The Torah was given to the Jewish people in ancient times. The christian testament was compiled in about 300common era., but most of the books were written before that. The quran was still an oral tradition at this time. The Jewish description of the Creator is written in various places in the Torah and TANACH. The TANACH is the full Bible while the Torah is called the 5 books of Moshe or Moses. In Deuteronomy, Shema' Israel Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad... The Lord is God and the Lord is one. This is stating that there is, but one and only one God. This is the teaching of monotheism. The Creator gave the Jewish people an understanding of Himself before He gave them the scriptures. The Jewish people read scripture in light of their understanding of Him. It was The Creator Himself who gave the Jewish people their conception of Him, and it is through the lens of this Basic teaching that we understand all revelation. The words of the prophets do not have the power to alter what God Himself has taught us. Our conception of The Creator is the how we evaluate the prophet's words. The Creator is a living reality in the Jewish world. The Jew who follows the ways of his fathers will mention HaShem's name more than one hundred times in a day. The ongoing relationship that the Jewish people have with their Maker is the way each following generation is introduced into a personal relationship with their Maker. Jews recognize HaShem as the Creator of all, and as the One who constantly sustains their existence. HaShem is all-powerful and all knowing, and it is to Him and Him alone that devotion belongs. There is no room for devotion to any other entity, for everyone receives everything from HaShem. There is no need to worship another being, because everything resides with Him. The Jew is missing nothing in the worship of The Creator, and by its very definition, nothing can be missing in the worship of The Almighty.
• Adelaide, Australia
22 Jun 11
Welcome to My Lot. I broadly agree, but in the original sense of all of these religions (& more!) only. If we were to open them up & compare them side-by-side now, it would be easier to point out the differences than the similarities. But this has been done by others, so let's not go there now - it's not particularly constructive. All point to the truth. There may well be Vedic influence in the Holy Bible (I cannot really speak for other Holy Scriptures of other religions, though from what I know, the Holy Quran was influenced by the Holy Bible at the time it was written), as Jesus visited India - at least twice in his long life, I believe. On one occasion, I believe some of the people turned against him when he began preaching to them about abolishing the caste system. So, yes, I think you are right to say that there would be some influence there. To give a proper definition of what God is, can not or should not be expressed in a written work of man, nor can it be adequately expressed using the spoken word. What God is, must be experienced by each of us individually. What God is for one person may be entirely different to the experiences of another. All must be respected, but lovingly corrected or encouraged to go further on the path should their experiences be something that God is not, though the sincere practitioner should be taught how to discern that which is an illusion from the truth before commencing practice. Accountability to a group of like-minded practitioners is essential to good spiritual practice. Hope this has been of some help.
13 Jun 11
Hi angelsword,I would certainly think that other scriptures were influenced by that which came before. I feel that all holy writings came from God but since they were written by man, none are perfectly understood. There are words of truth and wisdom in them all but none give the whole truth. Blessings.
• United States
11 Jun 11
Even in ancient times people traveled all over. Interaction changes people. Since the vedas were first, you can bet their influence is somewhere in other holy books. We must never forget though people might tell you differently,all holy books were written by mankind. God is actually Someone. Looking for a proper definition of what God is sounds funny to me. Deep down, we all know God. Perhaps there you will find your definition. Better yet. Search for God yourself.
10 Jun 11
I'm not really familiar with Vedas but I'm familiar with the Qur'an and the Bible.Truly God sends many prophets and messenger and some of them came with holy Books.Torah was given to Moses,The Bible to Jesus,Qur'an to Mohammad and Psalms to David.Well, I think all holy books define God as a supreme being who created the heavens and the earth and everything between them.He only says be,and it is.
• Mangalore, India
10 Jun 11
Hinduism as everyone knows is the oldest living religion and so Vedas are the oldest scriptures ever.However, I would never want to follow everything that is written in any of the religious texts including Vedas simply because they were written by scholars of that particular era depending on the life as it existed those days and trying to follow it or put it into use today is impractical.Religious scriptures are guidelines for human behavior and should be taken as such without giving it too much importance....