Veda is a Sanskrit word meaning knowledge. But it’s also a reference to the encoded intelligence that is deep within the roots of consciousness underlying all creations. These blocks of intelligence are progressively experienced by seers through the ages, enlivening them in our creation. This leads to the evolution of creation, both new expressions and integration with existing active laws. We might say they are the blueprints of creation but they are also the blueprint of how it unfolds: structure and sequence. The entire project management spec.
As the Manu Smriti (v2.6) put it “Veda is the root and source of all natural laws.”
The core Vedic literature is recordings of these seers experiences, as told in the context of their time and place. The “blocks” of intelligence are essentially encoded experiences that they unfold in consciousness. This enlivens them in consciousness and thus into expression.
The texts of the Vedas are composed of two aspects – Mantra and Brahmana. Mantra is vibration or sound, the lively aspect that leads to expression in a specific way. Our human equivalent of natures sounds is Sanskrit. Brahmana is the structure or intelligence that guides that expression, “the intelligence that structures the Mantras.” Again, structure and sequence.
The first few lines of a given cognition are the “key” that unlocks that portion of intelligence. The sounds that trigger the sequence and thus it’s arising in consciousness.
For example, Yoga. The first lines of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali go like this:
Now is the teaching on Yoga.
Yoga is the complete settling of the activity of the mind
Then the observer is established in their own nature
Reverberations of the Self emerge from here and remain here.
Of course, this is written in English and not Sanskrit and is read not heard. But you can perhaps see the principle there. This is the entire story of Yoga in a nutshell.
The Rig Veda is the primary Veda from which the rest are derived. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi described the Apaurusheya Bhashya, the uncreated commentary, on the Rig Veda. It explores in part how the entire Rig Veda is derived from the first line (sukta), the first syllable, and the first letter. It also describes how sound arises in progression from the gap between letters, from silence. He observed that the sequence of sounds is more important than the meaning of the words. This is in part why Sanskrit has been primarily an oral tradition. Again, the structure and sequence.
There are several layers to this process of Vedic cognition. In the first, the original seer recognizes the knowledge and unfolds it in consciousness. It is now awake in creation.
Then, within the cycles of time, some laws can fall asleep. They have been expressed and still abide but are now dormant. In fact, in the darker ages, about 75% of them go off-line. Then along comes a larger group of people who, through clarity in consciousness and grace, reawaken those cognitions in creation, re-enlivening those laws in the current time.
In the “second stage” I wrote about prior, those laws become lively enough in consciousness to integrate with existing laws, creating a new synthesis. A new whole greater than the sum of the parts. The basic functioning of creation evolves.
And then in time, those laws become active in a still larger number of peoples lives as their consciousness awakens and this fresh life lives through them.
We open new chapters in our life when such experiential doors open on a more local scale. We are on the doorstep of transformation beyond imagination. But this is an inside-out process. We’ll see it in the world last.