5 incredible gifts that Indian Vedas gave the modern world
Though the Root and soul of India, the Vedas, are left behind, but they have given the strength to flourish the modern world. The contributions of Indian Vedas have been immense to the world over the ages. India is often called a land of wisdom, diverse cultures, inventions and intellectual minds. Even after the diverse cultures, we all are one, we are united because we all belong to the same enriched root that is Indian Vedas. They are our soul and they bind us together. Vedas are the most ancient sacred books of India written in the Sanskrit language. They define the Hinduism and the whole mankind. Indian literature, art, music, science, philosophy, cultures, traditions, and many more things originated from Vedas only. In fact, these 4 Vedas are the cornerstone of India and the Hinduism. Indian Vedas are not only the treasures of India but also of the world.
German ideologist Max Muller says: ‘If I am asked which nation had been advanced in the ancient world in respect of education and culture then I would say it was INDIA.”
They might have left behind with the time but they have left a legacy in today’s world. They have given to the world the values of traditions, non-violence, religious tolerance, equality, unity and integrity of humankind. The Vedic civilization is the most ancient and advanced civilization of the global society. Indian Vedas are the parents of humanity on the earth.
Mark Twin, the greatest scholar hails India as – “India is, the cradle of human race, the birth place of human speech, the mother of history, and the great mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in history of the man are treasured up in India only.”
The contributions of Indian Vedas are not limited only to the inventions but they also teach us the humanity. They have left a legacy that guides human beings from all over the world to cultivate our spirit not to fight for land or wealth but to fight for rights and values, not to conquer each other but to conquer oneself, not to discriminate against any religion, race or beliefs but to respect all mankind, not to destroy but to build, not to hate anyone but to love everyone , not to rule over only lands but to rule over heart, not to isolate oneself but to integrate everyone into one humankind.
Moreover values, guidance, and tolerance there are many other fields for which today’s global civilization owe to our ancient Indian Vedas. Be it mathematics, philosophy, technology, astronomy, medical science, surgical science, logic, languages, cultures or fine arts etc, The contributions of Indian Vedas have been immensely to the modern world.
American philosopher Will Durant states- “It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier, India has sent to the west such gifts a grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess and above all the decimal system. India was the mother of our philosophy, mother through Arabs, of much of our mathematics, mother through Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity, mother through village of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all.”
There are countless remarkable inventions and contributions of Indian Vedas to the modern world. I am just naming out the 5 most incredible ones.
Ayurveda and Surgical science:
Ayurveda, the oldest school of medicine known to the mankind, is one the biggest contributions of Indian Vedas. It is a treasury that has a solution for every disease. ‘Charak Samhita’ is the father of medicine. He consolidated Ayurveda in the ancient Vedic period around 2500 years ago. He researched the whole human body system and gave remedies for every kind of diseases. Ayurveda solely deals with the knowledge and effect of herbs and herbal compounds. Even in today’s civilization, Ayurveda has a huge influence on human beings. For example- Ayurveda Dincharya (daily routine) is practiced in order to maintain a good health.
“British Historian Sir William Hunter says- “Indian medicine dealt with the whole area of science. Much attention was devoted to hygiene, to the regiment of body, and to the diet.”
The concept of surgeries came in practice in the Vedic period only. The operative methodologies and specialized equipment were used in India around 26000 years back. ‘Sushruta’ is considered to be the father of surgical science. From the advanced understanding of the human body to the innovative techniques of various surgeries, from a vast collection of natural herbs to the practice of deep meditation, the Indian Vedas paved the way for modern health and medical science.
India is the mother of number system that the world uses today. Often these numerals referred as Arabic numerals were actually invented in India in a very early Vedic period about 100BC. They were passed on to Arab from India and later the world came to know this number system from Arab that’s why is it also called ‘Hindu-Arabic numeral system’.
The greatest scientist on the earth, Albert Einstein glorifies India as – “We owe a lot to the Indians, who thought us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.”
Many other mathematical inventions like Pythagorean Theorem, Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus and Binary system were derived from India only. The Indian mathematicians from Vedic period contributed lots to the world. In fact, they laid the foundation of modern mathematics that the entire world studies and uses in day-to-day lives.
Sanskrit: The mother of all languages:
“India was the mother of our race and Sanskrit the mother of Europe’s language.” – Will Durant.
Again, this is another boon of our Vedas. This quote by Will Durant itself describes the majesty of Sanskrit language. Though in today’s world the Sanskrit language is lost somewhere in history, but it gave the human beings their own language. Sanskrit words are found in all the languages of the worlds. English words like Avatar, Cot, Karma, Loot, and Jungle etc. are derived from Sanskrit only. Sanskrit is a divine language and it can be traced from the time period of oldest human civilization, the Vedic civilization. Sanskrit is absolute perfect language by its own nature and formation. There has never been any kind of change in Sanskrit grammar and syntax since the very beginning. The greatness of this language is not limited only to the literature but it’s also the most important language in the technical field.
According to the Forbes magazine (in July 1987), Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software.
The Origin of Yoga is as old as Indian Vedas. Yoga was derived from the oldest Indian Vedas ‘Rig Veda’ around 5000 years back. It is a complete set of physical, mental and spiritual disciplines based on a subtle science that focuses on achieving harmony between mind and body. Yoga is the ancient science of health living that is about mastering postures and enhancing physical, spiritual as well as mental strength. The term “Yoga” has the same meaning in almost every religion. For example in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism Yoga means “spiritual discipline.”
In Vedic period Yoga was more of a concept of deep meditation and a religious practice to attain god (Moksha) and the one who used to indulge oneself in Yoga, was called ‘Yogi’. But in the modern world, the aspect of Yoga is a bit changed. In ancient time the ultimate purpose of Yoga was self-realization but now it’s physical and mental fitness. In today’s ‘Yoga’ term the spiritual meditation is left somewhere. Indians have been the masters of Yoga since the Vedic period but the west world came to know about it in late 1800s when in 1893 Swami Vivekanand Ji delivered a speech on Yoga in Chicago. The world really owes to him.
The invention of zero:
“In the whole history of mathematics, there has been no more revolutionary step than the which Indian made when they invented zero.” – Lancelot Hogben, a great British zoologist.
This quote says it all about the importance of Zero. How weird it is, zero, having the value of nil would have made the whole mathematics incomplete, if it had not been invented. Thanks to the great mathematician Aryabhatta who invented Zero. He used Zero as a placeholder to make it easier to add and multiply numbers. The word Zero originates from the Sanskrit language which means ‘nothing’. India has contributed immense to the mathematics and undoubtedly this was one of the biggest contributions of Indian Vedas to the world.
These are some of the most significant contributions of Indian Vedas to the world. Moreover, there are a lot more other inventions that were introduced by the Indian Vedas only.