Vedas are actually a body of knowledge and the scriptures say: “ The Vedas are the breath of God.” They can be rightly called the treasure-trove of Hindu religion, tradition and culture. They contain codes of righteous conduct and are supposed to have been taught by God Himself thousands of years ago. They help build moral integrity and norms that are applicable even today. They are classified as exoteric dealing with ceremonial acts and esoteric dealing with acquiring spiritual knowledge. The Vedas are technically termed Sruti, revealed knowledge and explain eternal truths and remain authoritative statements all the time. A unique feature of the Vedas is its adoption of humanistic approach to abstract and difficult subjects. Social, political and economic problems of life have been taken into account by the Vedas and a scheme has been framed to attain prosperity in all walks of life. With this, the common man’s mind is fully satisfied. According to tradition, they were not the compositions of a human being, arrived at through intellectual and logical reasoning, based on sense perception. They are God’s revelations. They were available in the creation, in the forms of sound waves and Rishis were qualified to receive them. Sru means “ to hear “ and sruti means “ that which is heard.” Hence we can rightly say that Rishis served as a media for reaching the vedas to humanity and Sruti is the “ breath” of the Lord. The vedas can be broadly classified into Vedapurva & Vedantha. Vedapurva contains the Karma kanda and upasana kanda , which design a lifestyle for a fulfilling life. The purpose of the Karma Kanda is to eliminate the impurities of mind. Upasana Kanda helps us attain single-ponitedness. Vedantha consists of jnana kanda and mainly upanishads and are meant to be learnt when one becomes mature and seeks self-knowledge. These revelations, containing indelible rules relating to man’s safe voyage in life are paramount, infinite and have no end. The vedic utterances govern all aspects of a man’s life. They are not against material welfare but impose a simple condition that they should be within the constitutional freamework of virtue which is called Dharma. Unity in diversity at the world level is the favourite theory of the Vedas and they have kept in mind, man’s needs and aspirations, his quest for peace and the link that ought to be established between God and an individual soul. Digging into the mine of Vedic knowledge has resulted in unearthing several secrets which the scientific knowledge has discovered at a later stage.It has even been proven that when one chants Vedic mantras without understanding their meaning, positive effects are produced on the body. This is the power of the Vedic mantras.This only proves that we should be rightly proud of our culture and heritage ! Love & regards, Chithra.