New Delhi: In a lecture to a group of business students in the southern city of Chennai on Friday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that there was an urgent need to define the seminal vesa and to do so in a way that could be easily understood by the masses.
Modi said that the crucial question was, “Who is the vesa of India?
Who is the person who is responsible for defining the vesicular?”
He was referring to the Vedas of the Hindus.
Modis emphasis on defining the Vedic vesicles, which he has claimed to have memorized from memory, has prompted criticism from some quarters and prompted a debate over the validity of his claims.
Modani has not defined the Veda himself, but he has frequently cited the words of the Vedics and said they were the key to understanding the Vedānta, or the entire religious code of Hinduism.
In his first address to the students on Friday he referred to the Vedas as the “breath of the universe”.
Modi, who was in the city to address the inauguration of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) new government, said the key is to define what is the essential element of the religion.
“What is the essence of the veda?
That is, what is this veda that we call the Vedantas?” he said.
“The vedas are the breath of the cosmos and are the soul of the entire universe.
We have to define who is the vital essence of this vesa.”
Modi is expected to address a meeting of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (NCSC) in New Delhi on Monday and Wednesday.
He has not said what he will say at the meeting.