Authority of the Vedas - an essential subject

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We accept Vedas as authority because they contain perfect knowledge. The Vedas are not compilations of human knowledge. Vedic knowledge comes from the spiritual world, from Lord Kṛṣṇa. Another name for the Vedas is śruti. Śruti refers to that knowledge which is acquired by hearing. It is not experimental knowledge. Śruti is considered to be like a mother. We take so much knowledge from our mother. For example, if one wants to know who their father is, only the mother can answer. If the mother says who the father is one must have to accept it as it is not possible to experiment to find out whether he is your father. Similarly, if one wants to know something beyond your experience, beyond our experimental knowledge, beyond the activities of the senses, then one have to accept the the authority Vedas.

Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Authority of the Vedas category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 8 quotes.


   
 

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