Original Vedas are available

How did the Vedas in Hinduism come about?

Who wrote the Vedas and why?

Vedas do not have a worldly mortal Creator. They have been manifested by the Supreme Lord and are eternal like the Supreme Lord. In Srimad Bhagavatam 6.1, Yamadutas tell the Visnudutas

Also in the first verse of Srimadbhagavatam, Vyasadeva says: He offers respect and says that he has (another name from Vedas) (Lord Brahma) with in his heart.

More precisely we find in Srimadbhagavatam 11.14.3, where says:

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Due to the influence of time, the transcendental sound of Vedic knowledge at the time of annihilation was lost. When the subsequent creation took place, I spoke the Vedic knowledge with Brahmā because I myself am the religious principles stated in the Vedas.

Now we know that they are eternal and that they are from the Supreme Lord. The purpose of the Vedas is like the manual of a product. They are the manuals that give us knowledge of this material world and also the means to achieve the goal of human life.

How have the Vedas existed since their inception?

Just as I mentioned above, they were transmitted to Brahma and came down in disciplinary order. From Brahma to Narada and other saints. Narada gave it to Vyasa. They existed in sound form and from the time of Vyasa a form of transcription began. Contrary to the modern idea that civilization is advancing, the Vedic idea is that people actually humiliate themselves in the course of Kali Yuga. Your memory is not that strong right now. In ancient times, the disciples of the Vedas had sharp memories due to the strict celibacy and austerity measures.

Where can we find the Vedas for reading? This is not a trivial thing. Vedas cannot be understood without the help of a teacher. This is given in the Vedas themselves. While some versions can be found on the internet, the authenticity of some of the content is questionable. Five hundred years ago, the unshakable genius Jiva Gosvami wrote a detailed, logical, technical paper called Tattva Sandarbha, in which he addresses the question of what constitutes Vedas and how we should approach them in this day and age. He points out that certain parts of the Vedas are actually not currently available and there are also many confusing interpretations. .

Jiva Gosvami addresses the concern some may have about regarding Puranas as Vedas. Bhagavatam says originally the Veda was one and Vyasa in four. He also cites several other sources such as Skanda Purana. Those interested can look for the translation of 'Tattva Sandarbha' by Gopi Paranadhana Dasa.

Srimad Bhagavatam also names Puranas as the fifth Veda:

Then he created the fifth Veda - the Puranas and the stories - from all of his mouths as he could see all of the past, present and future.

So while you can find some texts from Rg, Yajur, Sama and Atharva by Googling around, the contents will not be complete and the interpretations / translations may not be completely correct. You are better off with some well-known Upanishads like Isopanishad and certain Vedanta Sutra quotes in commentary on texts like Bhagavata Purana. It is best to take the summary of all the Vedas given by Vyasa in the supreme Bhagavata Purana. You can find a comment here.

William Hird

Why refer to sacred texts at all? The "goal" of Hinduism is to bring forth a fully realized being who has the consciousness of God. Finding such a being and following its teachings should be all that one needs to satisfy one's spiritual desires, right ???