Our Inspiration

The Institute “SAKSHI” was started in 1997 with the aim of disseminating the wisdom in the ancient Veda Samhita and related books such as Upanishads.

SAKSHI draws its inspiration from the great spiritual savants and scholars, Sri Aurobindo, The Mother (1878 – 1973), Sri Kapali Shastry and Sri Madhav Pandit (1918 – 1993). Their well-known books emphasize the need for harmonizing both the “spiritual” and “worldly” aspects of our life.

We have to take seriously the notions, “All is Brahman” and “All life is Yoga”. We should become conscious of every act or thought in us so that we can indeed lead a beautiful and harmonious life.

What we do?

The revival of the knowledge of the Vedas and paying due attention to it, which it truly deserves, is the need of the time. The more the inner meaning of the Vedas is brought to light, the more will be the effulgence and expansion of the true genius of India, which will lead of not only the good of India, not even only of mankind, but also to the entirety of Nature and environment, both animate and inanimate. This verily is our firm conviction and ardent hope.

Here is a Panoramic view of activities and achievements of SAKSHI, in regard to preservation, research and propagation of the Vedic Knowledge.

Dr. R L Kashyap with Books

Dr. R L Kashyap

Founder and Honorary Director – SAKSHI Trust

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Emeritus at Purdue University, USA and also director of the Sri Aurobindo Kapali Sastry Institute of Vedic Culture. He has made fundamental contributions both in the field of Computer Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence, as well as in the field of Vedic Studies.

In the field of Vedic studies, he has made fundamental contribution including the complete translation into English of all the four major and most ancient collection of verses in Sanskrit namely Rig Veda Samhita, Krishna Yajurveda Samhita, and Sama Veda, and Atharva Veda, consisting together of about 25000 metrical verses in the Sanskrit of Vedas (different from classical Sanskrit). He has continued the work of Sri Aurobindo and Kapali Sastry in revealing the deep meanings of Veda mantras.

The Core Activities of SAKSHI

Preservation of Veda Knowledge

Preservation

Preservation includes entering the text of the four Veda-s into the computer and producing audio-video compact disks. Our Ancient books mention that there were about eight recensions (shakha) of Rig Veda. Now only one of them is available, namely Shakala recension. The great grammarian Pantanjali mentions the existence of 90 Yajur Veda recensions. Now not more than ten of them are existing. Hence, without the active participation of a large number of persons the Veda heritage is bound to fade away.

Research on Veda Knowledge

Research

Veda Knowledge is much more relevant to the modern times. It helps in purification of the physical body; integrating and firming up of the body; taking life-energy to all the organs of gross and subtle bodies; recognition of cosmic powers; recognizing the role of Gods as world-builders. It inspires and guides the process of progress in life. The research is focused on this aspect.

Dissemination of Veda Knowledge

Dissemination

Dissemination of Veda Knowledge is done through various activities like the publication of books, workshops, seminars, lecturers, the exhibition of books and audio-video presentations, Newsletters etc.

Essays on Veda Knowledge

Overview of Veda

Indian tradition, however, has held the Vedas all along in the highest reverence, it has invested them with the authority of a revealed scripture, Books of Wisdom. Notwithstanding all the centuries-old efforts at such debunking, the Vedas stand firm as a rock towering like the snow-capped peaks of Kailas overtopping and overlooking […]

Veda Books

Names and Groups of books Names and Groups of Books The core of this collection is the set of four types of books, namely Rigveda mantra Samhita, Yajurveda mantra Samhita, Sāmaveda mantra Samhita and the Atharvaveda mantra Samhita; each type having one or more recensions. These are all poems, some metrical and […]

Mantras of Rig Veda

Verbal Form and Meaning The word-rhythm of the mantra, which we hear with our physical ears, is only a part of what we hear. It carries with it the subtle musical sound-image. This most helps to fill in, stabilize and deepen the thought impression or the emotional or vital impression […]

Gods: More Details

Agni, brief view Devās in the Veda form a hierarchy with Sūrya, the spiritual Sun at the head. However the number of hymns in RV dedicated to Sūrya is small. But Agni has about 200 hymns and Indra, 250 out of about one thousand. The reason for the prominence of Agni […]

Yajňa Rite & Inner Yajňa

Let us understand yajňa by studying the epithets ascribed to it in more than one thousand verses. It is a fundamental mistake to regard yajňa merely as a ritual or rite. Veda describes yajňa as journey, as climbing a hill, as a battle and also as worship or rite. The […]

Deeper Meanings of Mantras

Symbolism in Rig Veda If we read an English translation of the RV such as the one by Wilson or Griffith, we see that, by and large, it consists either of pedestrian sentences such as, “O Indra, drink the Soma and kill Vŗtra” or enigmatic sentences such as, “The sages […]

Prayers

Prayer for Energy Verse SYV (19.9) is a prayer for developing energy, manliness, vigour, conquering power etc. Thou art energy, give me energy; thou art manliness, give me manliness; thou art strength, give me strength; thou art vigour, give me vigour; […]

Shukla Yajur Veda

Overview of Shukla Yajur Veda We have mentioned earlier that Yajur Veda Samhitā has two major recensions, the Krişhņa Yajur Veda (KYV) and the Shukla Yajur Veda (SYV). KYV is the older one. Traditionally the SYV is called Shukla (pure or unmixed) because it is not mixed up with the brāhmaņa […]