16. What Vedic scriptures are there?

Radhika Raman Das
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Sanatan-Dharma, the eternal religion has far more scriptures than the scriptures of all the other world religions put together.

Here is a list of some Vedic scriptures:

  • Four Vedas – Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva (Over 20,176 verses)
  • 108 Upanishads (over 4000 verses)
  • Ramayan (over 25,000 verses)
  • Mahabharat (over 100,000 verses)
  • 18 Puranas (400,000 verses)
  • Caitanya-caritamrta (11,555 verses)
  • Other Vedic scriptures (Over 250,000 verses)

Total: Over 810,000 verses

The 810,000 verses are what remains, as there were actually millions of verses in the Vedic scriptures and most of the knowledge has been lost due to destruction by invaders and failure to pass on the knowledge (lack of preaching). The Bhagavad-Gita has 700 verses and is contained within the Mahabharat. It’s the essence of all Vedic knowledge. The Srimad-Bhagavatam has 18,000 verses and is the other most important scripture, this is one of the 18 Puranas. All the Vedic knowledge is eternal and is repeatedly reestablished by Lord Krishna.

The word veda means ‘knowledge’ and the aim of the Vedic knowledge is to understand God. Acting in accordance with the Vedic injunctions is called following Vedic principles. The highest Vedic principle is to surrender unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna.

“Give up all other religious beliefs and just surrender unto Me [Krishna]. I will release you from all your sins. Do not worry.”

Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.66

The Vedic knowledge is vast, superior, and comes from God. This can be realized by knowing the number of verses in the Vedic scriptures (as above) and the non-Vedic scriptures.

There are 6236 verses in the Islamic Koran, which was written less than 1400 years ago and this is a one off scripture, thus only created once and will never be recreated. There are 35,527 verses in the Christian Bible, which was written less than 2000 years ago and this is also a one off scripture, to be never recreated. It’s impossible for the Koran and Bible to exist beyond this planet.

Only the Vedic scriptures exist beyond this planet in millions of universes and 120.533 million years ago, Lord Krishna spoke the Bhagavad-Gita to Vivasvan on the sun planet. Vivasvan is placed in charge of maintaining the sun planet. The foolish will find it hard to believe that there are living beings on the sun planet because they think that they cannot live there and thus nobody can. Just because you cannot live in the water, does it mean nobody can? There are millions of living beings living in the water. Just because you cannot live in the earth, does it mean nobody can? There are millions of living beings living in the earth. In a similar way, there are millions of living beings living in heat.

Here is another proof of this: we cannot live in a room with a temperature of 36 degrees Celsius for a long time, but within our body the temperature is 36 degrees Celsius, and there are millions of living beings living within our body, like worms and bacteria. Even on this planet, the scientists have found organisms living and multiplying at temperatures of over 300 degrees Celsius (microorganisms from the mysterious red rain of Kerala, India).

The vast Vedic knowledge comes from God, otherwise how could anyone makeup over 810,000 unique verses of information, over 5000 years ago? Also the Vedic knowledge is eternal, this is yet another proof that this knowledge comes from God, Lord Krishna.

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Raman (Radhika Raman Das) joined ISKCON in 2003 and got initiated by HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami Maharaj in 2011. As the Editor in Chief at "The Vaisnava - Online Magazine", he helps readers around the world hone in their Spiritual Curiosity, express their unique realizations as aspiring Vaisnava writers and enthusiasts, as well as to spread the digital seed of Srila Prabhupada's mission to spread Krishna Consciousness all around the globe.
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