The Hindu “Bible” is called the Veda. The Veda, which means “intelligence,” consists of four ancient and holy scriptures which all Hindus look up to as the publicized word of God.
Just like the Sikh Adi Granth, the Taoist Tao te Ching, the Buddhist Dhammapada, the Jewish Torah, the Christian Bible and the Muslim Koran—the Veda is considered as the Hindu holy book. The four books of the Vedas are Rig Veda, Yajur veda, Sama veda and Atharva Veda which includes about 100,000 verses. The Vedas provides philosophical knowledge and about meditation and rituals. Veda is labelled as the Holy Scripture of Hindus. The oldest Vedas date back to around 6000 B.C. which were orally transmitted and jotted down in Sanskrit and called as the oldest and ancient scripture of the world. Vedas tell about the philosophical thought of Oneness of God.
Explanation: Since centuries Vedas have stayed as the dependable and guiding force for worshipping and enlightenment. All Hindus equivocally accept Vedas but every individual interpret it in a different way. The commitment towards the scripture have shown that Hindus draw philosophical knowledge from it and apply it in their daily life.
The four Vedas represents:
Hymn collections (Samhitas)
Priestly manuals( Brahmanas)
Forest treatises( Aranyakas)
The samhitas and Brahmanas strengthens the fact that God is omnipresent and set down the mantras , hymns and ritual worship. The mantras teach that the God is Divine and is responsible for all the natural things like the Sun, the Rain, the Wind, the Fire and the Dawn besides protection, richness, harmony, domestic rites etc.
The Aranyakas and Upanishads explains the progression of soul and provide philosophical understanding of Oneness with God. At present time, the Vedas are translated and published in Sanskrit, English, French, German and various other languages. But the most popular among the Vedas is Upanishads.
The Vedas tell:”Let there be no neglect of Truth. Let there be no neglect of dharma. Let there be no neglect of welfare. Let there be no neglect of prosperity. Let there be no neglect of study and teaching. Let there be no neglect of the du-ties to the Gods and the ancestors” (Taittiriya Upanishad 1.11.1).
“United your resolve, united your hearts, may your spirits be one, that you may long together dwell in unity and concord!” (Rig Veda 10.191.4).
‘There, where there is no darkness, nor night, nor day, nor being, nor nonbeing, there is the Auspicious One, alone, absolute and eternal. There is the glorious splendour of that Light from whom in the beginning sprang ancient wisdom” (Shvetashvatara Upanishad 4.18).
‘Taking as a bow the great weapon of the Upanishad, one should put upon it an arrow sharpened by meditation. Stretching it with a thought directed to the essence of that, penetrate that Imperishable as the mark, my friend” (Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.3).