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The Vedic Process of Learning
Every field of science has got authoritative books that have earned the credibility of the readers. For example, if two students of Electrical Engineering have a difference of opinion about solving an electrical engineering problem, they can come to a conclusion by quoting or citing from B. L. Theraja's electrical engineering book.Similarly spiritual science has got authoritative Vedic texts like Bhagavad GIta or Srimad Bhagavatam, which have been understood, Practiced and proven since time immemorial. in material science, we have professors to teach the subject and hese professors have learnt the subject from their teachers, unilarly the knowledge of spiritual science has been coming down in disciplic succession and all the Vedic professors or acharyas have learnt the knowledge from their gurus.
In material science, we seek admission in an authorized reputed college where we can be confident of gaining knowledge in the subject. The same holds true for the Vcdas.So, if anybody genuinely wants to understand God and practice religion, he should first know that there are Vedic textbooks, teachers to teach these books and authorised schools called as 'Sampradaya' or 'Parampara' available.
Aural reception of transcendental knowledge from authority is the Vedic standard. Whereas material knowledge pertains to things within the material universe, transcendental knowledge pertains to things beyond this universe. The Vedas point to a supreme original truth unknowable either by direct perception (Pratyaksha) or by inductive method (Anumana). The Vedic philosophers proclaim that Shabda (hearing from an authority) opens up a realm of knowledge beyond scientific methodology. They hold Shabda to be the only process by which we can know what is unknowable in our present conditioned state. If a person can learn from someone who has received perfect knowledge, he can become free from all misery. "Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master..." the Bhagavad-gita (4.34) enjoins, "Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth." In addition, the Mundaka Upanishad (1.2.12) enjoins that a sincere student has to approach the ideal guru to receive transcendental knowledge and enlightenment.