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Dr. Sadananda

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Analysis of the word shaastra
« on: February 24, 2015, 11:49:52 AM »
Analysis of the word shaastra


      The entire Veda is called shaastra. shaasanaat traayate iti shaastram - the teachings and commandments (such as satyam vada, dharmam chara etc - all are in imperative mood). The commands are mostly in the puurva bhaaga in the first portions where do-s and don't-s are discussed. In the end portion of the Veda-s the shaasanam implies the revelations - the statement of facts - the fact is you are Brahman - it is one thing that one does not have to work for - svataH siddham - an accomplished fact. In our whole life we strive for moksha and shaastra comes and tells us that this is one thing you do not have to strive for in life! When shaastra says 'You are Free" - what commandment is there? - it is just a statement of fact. Thus through these two - commandments in the karma kaanDa and revelations of facts in j~naanakaaDa shaastra does is traayate, protects people from sa.nsaara.