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Address during the inauguration of Vedic Research Centre, Trichur
Trichur, Nov 10 2008
Updated on Nov 10 2008
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Vedas give code of conduct

Learning gives creativity

When I see you all, I am reminded of my visit to Manthralaya. There I recited the Moola mantram of Raghavendraswamigal. Can all of you recite with me?

We worship Guru Raghavendraswamy, the divine soul who practiced and taught truth and dharma (the right conduct). We chant his name as Kalpavrisha (the giver of limitless material wealth) and bow before him as Kamadenu (the giver of spiritual knowledge).

Dear friends, I am indeed delighted to participate in the inauguration of Vedic Research Centre, Trichur and interact with the students of Brahmaswam Madam in the serene environment of Trichur. Dear students, after you complete your education, what you will be? Will you be a great teacher? One day you will become teacher of teachers. You have to acquire the qualities of teaching and carry the tradition of great Vedic Scholars. Wherever you are and whatever task you perform the devotees will treat you as Gurus and the foundation for such a Guru comes from this institution. I congratulate the teachers who are constantly shaping you towards a noble profession which you will be following in your later years. When I am with you, I would like to talk on the topic "Vedas give code of conduct".

My Experience with Sanskrit Scholars

I have come across two great teachers, one in the primary school and another in the St. Joseph?s College. My primary school teacher Sri Sivasubramanya Iyer was a great Sanskrit scholar apart from being my science teacher. Everyday he used to perform Sandhya Vandanam three times a day and Bhagavatam parayanam. My college teacher Prof Thothathri Iyengar who taught me complex numbers and number theory was also a Sanskrit scholar.

While the base of these two great teachers was science and mathematics, their life was shaped by the ancient wisdom of Sanskrit scholarship. Recently, I have come across a great scholar Dr MA Lakshmi Tathachar of Sanskrit Academy, Melkote, Karnataka who has been carrying out intensive research in Sanskrit including the agriculture using organic farming. Such is the richness of Sanskrit and I am happy that Vedic Research Centre is preserving and nurturing this great language.

Richness of Sanskrit

Though I am not an expert in Sanskrit, I have many friends who are proficient in Sanskrit. Sanskrit is a beautiful language. It has enriched our society from time immemorial. Today many nations are trying to research on the Sanskrit writings which are there in our ancient scriptures. I understand that there is a wealth of knowledge available in Sanskrit which the scientists and technologists are finding today. There is a need to carry out research on our Vedas particularly Atharvana Veda for eliciting many valuable information in Science and Technology relating to medicine, flight sciences, material sciences and many other related fields. Cryptology is another area where Sanskrit language is liberally used.

Tasks for Vedic Research Centre

I would suggest, apart from their academic activity, this Vedic Centre can take up the location of the missing literature in Sanskrit available in palm leaves spread in different parts of the country, so that they can be documented and preserved. I am happy that the Madham is already collected thousand manuscripts. This task should be intensified. For preserving the documents, I would suggest the Madham to avail the help of technology available in digital library for documenting those scriptures both in audio and video form which can be preserved as long term wealth for use by many generations. For this purpose, the Academy can get in touch with Prof N. Balakrishnan of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore who is piloting a digital library project for India.

In Vedic Research Centre, you should go into details of lives of great scholars, poets, epic creators like Valmiki, Veda Vyasa, Kalidasa and Panini. I would suggest that the Vedic Research Centre may invite a few scholars who have been awarded Certificate of Honour in Sanskrit and Maharishi Badrayan Vyas Samman for young scholars by the Government of India, so that these scholars can stay and interact with the students for a certain period. This will provide an opportunity for the students to interact and get enriched in Sanskrit and Vedas.

Knowledge acquisition and retention

Now, I would like to play an audio CD which highlights the importance of the Vedas and also how the Vedas nourish our mind, memory and intellect. This has been rendered by Tatwamasi Dixit, founder Ojas Foundation, Chennai. I would like to play the song first:

A. O Lord Surya! Augment my direct perception, my ability to infer, and help me to retain the Vedic teachings for posterity.

B. I invite Medha Devi (retention power) and Maneesha Devi (absorbing power) into my mind to expand the past and future knowledge even whilst the present knowledge is being thoroughly assimilated. (Track 11 ? A &B)

A Prayer to Medha (power of retention) and Maneesha (power of assimilation). They should come together and help the knowledge seeker to assimilate the present knowledge in relation to the past and the future. In other words, while the power of retention will help the knowledge seeker to understand the past and the present, the power of assimilation will help him to learn the lessons for the future from the past and present experiences.

With these words, I am happy to inaugurate Vedic research centre. My best wishes to all the students and Acharyas of Vedic Research Centre for success in their mission of promoting the study of Vedas along with modern education.

May God bless you.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam,

By, Dr. APJ Abdulkalam

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