Mysore, May 23 (DV)- Preservation of the corpus of Vedas and Upanishads was necessary if the knowledge of this body of oral and written work was to remain as a cultural heritage heirloom of this country and serve as a beacon to the future generations, said Union Minister of State for Human Resources D. Purandareshwari yesterday.

Speaking at the national convention for students and teachers of Vedas at Ganapati Sachchidananda Ashram here during the silver jubilee celebrations of the Ashram’s Veda Patashala, Purandareshwari regretted that the great civilisations of the past bequeathed a body of literature that has withstood the test of time.

She said that even as the country was emerging as a power to be reckoned with in a global economy, the country’s cultural heritage should also be fostered and nurtured.

The exegesis of a 5000-year old tradition rests on the shoulders of Veda teachers and they have the task of conserving and imparting the Vedas to the next generation, she added.

Sri Ganapati Sachhidananda Swamiji, who also spoke on the occasion, said the practice of Vedic injunctions and assimilation of Upanishadic rubrics would not only create a better society but would also help in fostering and preserving a still-alive tradition. Just as dance and music had no barriers to learning, Vedas and Upanishads too had no restrictions and anyone could follow them. Assumption that only Brahmins could learn Vedas was a misnomer, he added.

The Swamiji recalled that Purandareshwari's father, late N.T. Rama Rao, had been a great devotee of Datta and had visited the Ashram several times.

Vedic scholars Kuppa Krishnamurthy, Varanasi Laxmikanth Puranik, Hyderabad Vishnubatta Subramanya, Salakshana Ganapati, Kumbakonam Subra-manya Shastri, K. Raghuram and senior teachers from various Veda Patashalas were honoured on the occasion.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore