1.3.1 The purpose of the Vedas


The real dharma is to surrender unto Kṛṣṇa, but the rebellious living entity, instead of submitting to Kṛṣṇa, engages in adharma, in a struggle for existence to become like Kṛṣṇa. Therefore out of compassion, Kṛṣṇa creates this material world to give the living entity a chance to understand his actual position.

Just like every machine comes with a manual, Kṛṣṇa provides us Bhagavad-gītā and similar Vedic literatures so that the living being may understand who we are, what our actual position is and what our relationship is with Kṛṣṇa. Vedaiś ca sarvair aham eva vedyaḥ (Bg. 15.15). This spirit of inquiry is called brahma-jijñāsā. Every conditioned soul is struggling, but the human dress provides the best chance to understand his position. SB 9.24.58 Purport

Taking shelter of the Vedic literatures and the Purāṇas, we can conquer the darkest region of material existence. We are in the state of forgetfulness of our relationship with God due to a solid attraction to material sense gratification from time immemorial. Our struggle for existence in the material world is perpetual, and we can’t get out of it by making plans.

We must reestablish our eternal relationship with God if we want to conquer this endless struggle for existence. And one who wants to adopt such remedial measures should read literature such as the Vedas and the Purāṇas. 

Foolish people say that the Purāṇas have no connection with the Vedas. However, the Purāṇas are supplementary explanations of the Vedas.

Nature controls everyone’s activities through three modes which combine in various ratios to shape everything we see around us. Some men are predominantly in the mode of goodness, others in passion, and others in ignorance. The Purāṇas are so divided that any class of men can take advantage of them and gradually regain their lost position and get out of the arduous struggle for existence.

Śrīla Sūta Gosvāmī shows the way of chanting the Purāṇas for those who aspire to be preachers of the Vedic literatures and the Purāṇas. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the spotless Purāṇa. Those who desire to get out of the material entanglement permanently must especially heed this literature. SB 1.2.4 Purport

Just as a government may issue trade licenses for its citizens to act in a certain way, the Vedas contain injunctions that restrain and regulate all of our fruitive activities. We have come into this material world to enjoy ourselves. Consequently, we can control sense enjoyment with the help of Vedic injunctions.

One who pleases his senses under the Vedic regulative principles does not become entangled in the actions and reactions of his activities. As stated in Bhagavad-gītā (3.9)yajñārthāt karmaṇaḥ: one should act only for the performance of yajña, or to satisfy Lord Viṣṇu. 

Anyatra loko’ yaṁ karma-bandhanaḥ: otherwise, the reactions of our work will bind us to this world.

Human birth is a special privilege to attain liberation from the bondage of birth, death, old age and disease. We should therefore work in such a way that we may fulfill our desires for sense gratification and at the same time gradually become free from material bondage. Action according to such principles is called knowledge. Indeed, the word veda means “knowledge.”

Jñānena na sa lipyate. This sholkā indicates that by following the Vedic directions, one does not become involved in the actions and reactions of his fruitive activities. SB 4.26.7 Purport

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