Vedic Concept Of Rta
In the Vedic vision, this law of cosmic order is conceived to be manifesting at three levels: on the cosmic plane Rta governs the course of nature;. the metaphysical concept of Rta as a cosmic force which sustains the universe within a physical and moral order has come to stay. Glimpses of Vedic Metaphysics Glimpses of Vedic Metaphysics Out of about 17,000 hymns in the Vedas, slightly less than half relate to Metaphysics, which Bhagavad-Gita says is the supreme science. The earliest literary productions of the Aryan settlers in India were the Rg-Veda, Sama Veda (consisting of chants), Yajur Veda and the Atharva Veda (a composite religious and magical compilation) The Vedas comprise Mantras (hymns ), Brahmanas (ritual and ceremonies), Aranyakas (forest speculations) and the philosophical Upanisads. The doctrine of karma is a reformula tion of this principle of rta. These ideas and practices are found in the Vedic texts, and they were one of the major influences that shaped contemporary Hinduism. The word 'Dharma' is derived from the Sanskrit root,'dhr' which means to sustain, to support or to preserve.