Good morning Rebels, and welcome back to my life.
Today I want to talk to you about the Vedas or Veda, also known as the “Vedic Hymns.”
The Veda are among the oldest religious texts we know of, and have the double distinction of being the earliest literary record of Indo-Aryan civilization, and are the most sacred books of India and the foundations of Hinduism.
The Veda comprise a series of hymns, recitations and teachings which not only provide a philosophy of life, humanity and the mind, but provide rituals and ceremonies for everything in life from birth to marriage to death and everything in between.
They originated in India somewhere between 1700-1100 BCE, as far as we can tell, and have been used by the people of India ever since, and considering how many people live in India, that makes them kind of a big deal.
It’s difficult to tell exactly how big of an impact the Veda have had on the world and its philosophies, but we know, for example, that Buddha himself studied the Veda and drew heavily from their teachings.
Indeed, Buddha’s birth appears to have been predicted in the Veda to a startlingly accurate degree, from the town he was born in—actually, where he achieved enlightenment, which is considered his true birth—to the name of his mother—actually his grandmother, who raised him when his mother died shortly after his birth.
Furthermore some historians believe Jesus may have even gone to India and studied the Veda, during that big portion of his life that’s missing from the Bible.
And since Jesus features heavily in the Quran and therefore in Islam, and that religion, too, shares many philosophies from the Vedic hymns, we can trace ripple effects from the Veda to the four biggest religions on the planet.
I mean the Golden Rule itself, which is featured in just about every religion out there, was in the Veda first.
I studied religion a lot in high school and afterward and so I became very familiar with the Veda and many of the concepts within them and their impact on the world.
Which is why it was so very, very confusing when I started getting into YouTube and I saw the word VEDA in a whole, whole lot of videos…and these YouTubers were not using that word the way that I use that word.
So really, this has all been a long and totally unrelated preamble to talk about VEDA, or Vlog Every Day in April, which is apparently a thing that YouTubers do every year—and it must be mentioned, it is a very poorly named thing.
I mean come on, YouTubers, you are going up against thousands of years of branding here!
Last year I didn’t vlog every day in April. I kind of tried to, but it didn’t work out. But THIS year! Oh, this year things will be different.
Starting tomorrow, and continuing until April 30th, I will be releasing a video vlog EVERY day.
Even on the weekends.
Even on the weekend when I’m traveling to Austin for a story summit with Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant.
It’s going to be crazy! Some of the videos might not be very good. Usually I have to do this five days in a row and then I have the weekend to recharge, but not this month!
But I’m going to do it because it’s been a while since I’ve tried to do “a thing” with the YouTube channel…and I like doing “things.”
So I hope you’ll pop in every once in a while to see my slow descent into hectic madness this April, because even if the videos are less funny, or more rushed, or just filmed straight on my phone, they’re going to be there.
And of course, as always, I am nothing without your validation.
As always, thanks for watching, Rebels, and I will see you tomorrow. Maybe. Byyye.