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कृण्वन्तो विश्वमार्यम्

Ultimate topic of the Vedas is God alone

Swami Dayananda has written on this subject in his “Rigvedadibhashyabhumika” as under:

The Vedas treat of four classes of subjects viz., Vjanana, (Philosophy or metaphysics), Karma (action in general), Upaasana (communion with God) and Jnaana (knowledge in general). Of these, the first, viz., Vijnana, takes the precedence of all. It means realization, in knowledge, of all things, from God down to a blade of grass. The first and foremost rank is occupied by the realization of God. He being the highest of all entities, the Vedas chiefly treat Him. That this is so, is clear from the following quotations:

Yama says to Nachiketas in Kath II.15, "Om, i.e., God is the highest seat to which men attain in what is called emancipation (Moksha). It is characterized by the realization of God. It is full of all bliss and devoid of all pain. All the Vedas have for their main topic Brahma - the Most High. All righteous deeds are performed and religious austerities observed with a view to fit oneself for His realization. Te object of the performance of the duties of four Ashramas (stages of life), viz., Brahmacharya (the life of a religious student), Grihasta (the life of a householder), Vanaprastha (the life of an ascetic) and Sanyaasa (the life of a religious teacher), is the attainment of God.

There are two kinds of knowledge contained in the Vedas - the Apara and the Para. That knowledge, by means of which we know all things, from the earth and a blade of grass to Prakriti and learn their proper use, is called the Apara, and that, by which one knows God - the invisible, the omnipotent, etc., is called the Para. The Para is much superior to the Apara.

Its purport is that God is the subject dealt with by the Vedas, at some places in express terms, at others by implications (parampra, lit. traditionary explanation). Hence the ultimate topic of the Vedas is God alone.

God is, therefore, the ultimate object of the Vedas.

= Bhavesh Merja

subodhkumar With utmost

subodhkumar
With utmost humility and respect to the views of Shri Bhavesh ji, I am only quoting from the above ,"That knowledge, by means of which we know all things, from the earth and a blade of grass to Prakriti and learn their proper use, is called the Apara," and that, by which one knows God - the invisible, the omnipotent, etc., is called the Para. The Para is much superior to the Apara..
Granted that Para is much superior to Apara, but the biggest enemy of this superior is the ordinary, i.e knowledge about Para from Vedas, without learning anything about Apara from Vedas. Thus pursuit of Para without having learnt about Apara has the disastrous results of ignorance, exploitation, poverty and violence in the society..
It is our grand pursuit of the superior Para, and neglect of Apara from Vedas, that is the cause of all misery and misfortunes of our country and the world at large.
Apara is the stepping stone to para. one can not jump to the top without climbing the stairs.