The society hundreds and thousands years ago was not primitive and is often misunderstood by East and the West. Rishis and Munis were highly evolved and had discovered so many things that we in the modern world are struggling to understand. To preserve knowledge, the Rishis resorted to using symbols. It became the only means of storing vital information and principles in Sruti times. Memorization and recitation enabled the people to remember the ideas, principles, concepts and their meanings.
Symbols helped create mind maps that connected the ideologies. The Rishis visualized eternal truths and delved into science of creations. They delved deep into human psychology and sociologies and recommend ingenious ways to manage not only one’s life but the entire humanity. They would not create these symbols randomly. Assuming them unscientific would be a mistake. Even today organizations use logos to communicate their business, at a glance. Important is to understand the conceptual and logical meaning of the symbols their practical implementation.
In this chapter, we shall try to decipher the logical meaning and significance of religious symbols in coherence with what values they represent. These symbols carry great meaning and knowledge, mysteries of which can be explained in a scientific manner. Epistemological and ancient subjects are not subject to legal evidence just the same way as not all truths have legal verification, yet they are truths and can be proven by contextual similarities, application and coherence to other concepts, events and such logic. The methods used by the Rishis to discover truths were different from ours, today.
Three types of symbols are found in Sanatan Dharma. The first type of symbols represent Gods of qualities, required for humanity to survive. These qualities are meant to provide enough skills and aptitude to accomplish certain tasks and coexistence with other elements of nature. Second type of symbols relate to creations. Third corresponds to spirituality and triguna nature. True worship of Gods is in absorbing and practicing their qualities and values in our thoughts and actions. For example, Dewi Sarasvati represents the virtue and value of Knowledge. True worship of Dewi Sarasvati lies in learning and developing knowledge. Procedural insignia attached to worships and prayers in Hinduism is secondary to conceptual assimilation of God’s qualities in one’s day-to-day behaviours. Symbolic prayer would not yield any benefit to people and society. Procedures are like packaging of a product but the main value of product is inside it. Packaging of Sanatan Dharma has arrived in the 21st century. It is time to logically unpack and decipher them.
Some would tend to nihilistically refute the symbols because they do not think it as a communication channel of science and humanities, but just an art. But, multitudes of evidences in sync to complement significance of each other, would not be just coincidence. It would amaze those who read theory of creation from scriptures and then relate it to modern sciences, such as theory of Big Bang. It would be an awe to psychologists who would find most deep-rooted psychosomatic factors affecting human minds and emotions, being discussed in detail. The psychological principles find a profound basis in triguna nature , i.e. satwa, rajas and tamas. We need a team of theoretical physicist, neurologist, psychologist, crowd psychologist, sociologist, philosophers and cognitive analysts to interpret and decipher them better. A combination of Triguna nature affects all, like all colours being combinations of three prime colours in RGB frame found in most computers. There are many such revelations that can change the way we think and live life. Scriptures hold the answer to the entire world’s current and future problem. We must understand them logically and practice pragmatically without religious ego or pride. As Symbols of God, Aum, Shiva, Shivalinga, and Vishnu explain the cosmic entities and creations in scripture and with analogies in science, Probably, the scientific revolution we see today, is not the first one.