PARABLES OF RAMA | CHAPTER XIII | 089 | RAMA राम
|| OM , THE SOURCE OF VEDAS | SHANKHASUR & VEDAS ||
|| < : MATSYA | 1ST AVATAR OF VISHNU : > ||
It is related in the Puranas that at one time the Vedas were taken , by a demon and carried to the bottom of the sea .
The word " Veda " has two meanings . The original meaning is knowledge , the Sovereignty of Heaven . The second meaning is the most sacred scriptures of the Hindus .
The name of this demon , said to have carried the Vedas to the bottom of the sea , was Shankhasur which etymologically means the demon of the conch shell or the " insect dwelling in conch " .
In order to redeem the Vedas , in order to bring back the treasures of knowledge , GOD incarnated as a fish < : whale : > , fought with the demon , destroyed it , and brought back the Vedas to the world .
Children read that story and take it literally ; common people read it and take it literally ; but there is a deep , hidden meaning in the story .
The story was meant to illustrate a general truth .
GOD incarnated as a whale to bring back the Vedas from the worm living in conch shell . GOD incarnated as a whale and fought the demon or insect at the bottom of the sea , and destroyed it .
What was the use of this ?
The whale is a maritime animal and the conch shell is also inhabited by a creature of the sea . Now GOD , the All , in the shape of the whale fought the insect of the sea . The insect was driven out of the shell and the waves of the sea washed the shell ashore .
People picked it up . The conch shell was blown and there came out of it the reverberating sound OM . This is Veda .
In this sense was the Veda the conch shell , brought from the bottom of the sea .
The storyteller meant to lay particular stress on the importance of the sacred Mantram OM . The object is to show that this sacred syllable OM is the end of knowledge in the entire world .
It is all the Vedas , all the Sovereignty of Heaven put in a conch shell , condensed to its smallest compass .
That was the object of this story .
MORAL : All knowledge or Veda is condensed in the sound of OM produced by a conch shell , and it is the key to unlock the Sovereignty of Heaven within .
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