mattah smrtir jnanam apohanam ca
vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyo
vedanta-krd veda-vid eva caham
sarvasya–of all living beings; ca–and; aham–I; hrdi–in the heart; sannivistah–being situated; mattah–from Me; smrtih–remembrance; jnanam–knowledge; apohanam ca–and forgetfulness; vedaih–by the Vedas; ca–also; sarvaih–all; aham–I am; eva–certainly; vedyah–knowable; vedanta-krt–the compiler of the Vedanta; veda-vit–the knower of the Vedas; eva–certainly; ca–and; aham–I.
I am seated in everyone’s heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas I am to be known; indeed I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.
The Supreme Lord is situated as Paramatma in everyone’s heart, and it is from Him that all activities are initiated. The living entity forgets everything of his past life, but he has to act according to the direction of the Supreme Lord, who is witness to all his work. Therefore he begins his work according to his past deeds. Required knowledge is supplied to him, and remembrance is given to him, and he forgets, also, about his past life. Thus, the Lord is not only all-pervading; He is also localized in every individual heart. He awards the different fruitive results. He is not only worshipable as the impersonal Brahman, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the localized Paramatma, but as the form of the incarnation of the Vedas as well. The Vedas give the right direction to the people so that they can properly mold their lives and come back to Godhead, back to home. The Vedas offer knowledge of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, and Krsna in His incarnation as Vyasadeva is the compiler of the Vedanta-sutra. The commentation on the Vedanta-sutra by Vyasadeva in the Srimad-Bhagavatam gives the real understanding of Vedanta-sutra. The Supreme Lord is so full that for the deliverance of the conditioned soul He is the supplier and digester of foodstuff, the witness of his activity, the giver of knowledge in the form of Vedas and as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna, the teacher of the Bhagavad-gita. He is worshipable by the conditioned soul. Thus God is all-good; God is all-merciful.
Antah-pravistah sasta jananam. The living entity forgets as soon as he quits his present body, but he begins his work again, initiated by the Supreme Lord. Although he forgets, the Lord gives him the intelligence to renew his work where he ended in his last life. So not only does a living entity enjoy or suffer in this world according to the dictation from the Supreme Lord situated locally in the heart, but he receives the opportunity to understand Vedas from Him. If one is serious to understand the Vedic knowledge, then Krsna gives the required intelligence. Why does He present the Vedic knowledge for understanding? Because a living entity individually needs to understand Krsna. Vedic literature confirms this: yo ‘sau sarvair vedair giyate. In all Vedic literature, beginning from the four Vedas, Vedanta-sutra and the Upanisads and Puranas, the glories of the Supreme Lord are celebrated. By performing Vedic rituals, discussing the Vedic philosophy and worshiping the Lord in devotional service, He is attained. Therefore the purpose of the Vedas is to understand Krsna. The Vedas give us direction to understand Krsna and the process of understanding. The ultimate goal is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Vedanta-sutra confirms this in the following words: tat tu samanvayat. One can attain perfection by understanding Vedic literature, and one can understand his relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead by performing the different processes. Thus one can approach Him and at the end attain the supreme goal, who is no other than the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In this verse, however, the purpose of the Vedas, the understanding of the Vedas and the goal of the Vedas are clearly defined.
The Vedic scriptures are not Hindu. Hindu is a word coined by the Muslims. It does not appear in the Vedic scriptures.
The Vedas are bona fide because they are coming from God Himself as confirmed by Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita:
vedaiÅ› ca sarvair aham eva vedyo
vedÄnta-krÌ£d veda-vid eva cÄham
“By all the Vedas, I am to be known. Indeed, I am the compiler of VedÄnta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.”
The fact that the Vedas are millions of years old and that they are still just as powerful and effective today as they were in ancient times proves their credibility.
The ancient Vedic civilization was controlled and directed by the Vedic scriptures as explained by the Vedic sages and implemented by the Vedic kings. It was not at all a fearful society. In fact it was quite to the contrary. It was a society completely free from fear, not like today’s society where you cannot trust anybody. We can’t even get on airplane without being searched for weapons.