But for understanding this verse's clear meaning we have to also know the other two verses before it. Here they are:
यामिमां पुष्पितां वाचं प्रवदन्त्यविपश्चितः । वेदवादपराः पार्थ नान्यदस्तीतिवादिनः ॥ ४३ ॥
The undiscerning, delighting in the study of the Veda, O Pārthа, speak flowery words declaring that there is nothing else.
Based on Sethu's comment, here is the Gita bhashya of Adi Shankara on verse 18.66,
The validity of the Vedas holds good only with regard to matters
concerning the relation between ends and means of Agnihotra etc.,
whichare not known through such valid means of knowledge as direct
perception; but not with regard to objects of direct perception etc.,
There is no fixed order, Considering the life of an Human being today, one cannot read and understand everything that's available. Even before starting to read, one needs to know how to read! Understanding the grammar, history, rules etc is important as it provides enough eligibility to understand. (Like the Vedangas are neccessary to understand vedas). ...
All serious Vaishnavas consider Buddha an avatar of Vishnu, but the question is which Buddha? First, let us prove that the Buddha was indeed an avatar.
Some claim that the Buddha was either an interpolation in the puranas or that the puranas themselves came after the time of the Buddha. Allegedly, this would bring Buddhists into the fold of Hinduism. However,...
Bhagavata and all other Puranas which mention Buddha were Post Buddhist.
The Lord once more came to you as Buddha and taught you how to feel,
how to sympathise with the poor, the miserable, the sinner, but you
heard Him not. Your priests invented the horrible story that the
Lord was here for deluding demons with false doctrines! True indeed,
but we are the ...
Some similar verses from Upanishads are
The eighteen persons necessary for the performance of sacrifice are
transitory and not permanent and karma in its nature inferior, has
been stated as resting upon these. Those ignorant persons who delight
in this, as leading to bliss, again fall into decay and
death. (Mundaka Upanishad 1.2.7)
The ignorant following ...
I answered it from the Gunas perspective since it is clear from the story of Hayagriva
Knowledge is the form of vedas when Madhu and Kaitabha stole them.
It can be understood better from Mahabharata itself.
I am listing the relevant paragraphs from Section 348 of Santi Parva of Mahabharata and the inferences in sequence to understand how do Vedas represent ...
In his book A Critical Survey of Indian Philosophy (https://archive.org/details/IndianPhilosophyACriticalSurvey), Professor Sharma writes in the section entitled 'God" in his Chapter on Nyaya:
...Udayana's arguments for the existence of God have becomes classical for theism and may be briefly noted here. He gives the following arguments to prove the ...
Vedas are Anadi, Ananta and Apaurusheya - eternal, infinite and uncreated.
That means they exist forever - before, after and during - Srushti, Sthithi and Pralaya.
The entire modern/scientific thought is entrenched in the notion of everything having a beginning and an end.
Unless you grasp the concept of infinite eternity, you can't fully understand Atma or ...
Well the original verse is :
इन्द्रासोमा महि तद्वां महित्वं युवं महानि प्रथमानि चक्रथुः। युवं
सूर्यं विविदथुर्युवं स्व१र्विश्वा तमांस्यहतं निदश्च ॥१॥
And it means:
हे अध्यापक और उपदेशको ! जैसे (इन्द्रासोमा) बिजुली और चन्द्रमा
(सूर्यम्) सूर्य्य को (विविदथुः) प्राप्त होते हैं, वैसे (युवम्) तुम
न्यायरूपी सूर्य्य को प्राप्त होओ, जैसे ये बड़े कामों को करते हैं, ...
No. We have less than a dozen shakhas of the Vedas that started out to be over 1000 at the beginning of the Yuga. For details, see this Wikipedia entry.
Even this is just the portion revealed to Rishis in the current Chaturyuga. Vedas are infinite in size. This is illustrated by the following story.
The Kathaka Shruti (Taittirya Brahmana 3.10.11) has the ...
Well as per the Brahma Bindu Upanishad due to Maya it's being compared to darkness of not knowing the Truth i.e the Brahman:
शब्दमायावृतो यावत्तावत्तिष्ठति पुष्करे। भिन्ने तमसि
śabdamāyāvṛto yāvattāvattiṣṭhati puṣkare। bhinne tamasi
जब तक नाम-रूपात्मक अस्तित्व रखने वा...
The Gita is criticizing the Vedic fundamentalists who follow the Purvamimamsa school of thought. It is not a condemnation of the Vedas.
The criticism offered here is intended to draw the distinction between
the outlook of the new Gospel of Bhagavata Dharma which Krishna
preached and the outlook of the Vedic fundamentalists who followed the
philosophy of ...
From the Anandavalli section of the Taittiriya Brahmana:
आकाशाद्वयुः । वायोरग्निः । अग्नेरापः । अद्भ्यः पृथिवी । पृथिव्या ओषधयः ।
From ether came air. From air came fire. From fire came water. From water came earth. From earth came plants.
Dharma is indeed created by Brahman, rishis, and devatas. This is known because dharma is based on Vedic vidhis (injunctions). Each vidhi was authored at a certain time in history. This means that before the vidhi was authored, the action enjoined or prohibited by the vidhi was not dharma.
There are also many instances recorded in the Vedas themselves as ...
Kala Sarpa Yoga is formed when all the planets lie on one side of the nodal axis (Rahu-Ketu axis) in the horoscope.
However, classical Hindu astrological treatise such as Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra, Phaladeepika, Jataka Parijata, Uttara Kalamrita etc., did not mention this yoga (Kala Sarpa Ch. 1. Absence of references in Shastra; p16-21).
Even modern ...