veda-niá¹£á¹ha-madhye ardheka veda 'mukhe' mÄne
veda-niá¹£iddha pÄpa kare, dharma nÄhi gaá¹e
veda-niá¹£á¹ha-madhye - among persons who are followers of the Vedas; ardheka - almost half; veda - Vedic scriptures; mukhe - in the mouth; mÄne - accept; veda-niá¹£iddha - forbidden in the Vedas; pÄpa - sins; kare - perform; dharma - religious principles; nÄhi - not; gaá¹e - count.
The word veda means âknowledge.â Supreme knowledge consists of understanding the Supreme Personality of Godhead and our relationship with Him and acting according to that relationship. Action in accordance with the Vedic principles is called religion. Religion means following the orders of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Vedic principles are the injunctions given by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Äryans are civilized human beings who have been following the Vedic principles since time immemorial. No one can trace out the history of the Vedic principles set forth so that man might understand the Supreme Being. Literature or knowledge that seeks the Supreme Being can be accepted as a bona fide religious system, but there are many different types of religious systems according to the place, the disciples and the peopleâs capacity to understand.
The highest type of religious system is described in ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam (1.2.6) thus: sa vai puá¹sÄá¹ paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhoká¹£aje. The highest form of religion is that by which one becomes fully conscious of the existence of God, including His form, name, qualities, pastimes, abode and all-pervasive features. When everything is completely known, that is the perfection of Vedic knowledge. The fulfillment of Vedic knowledge is systematic knowledge of the characteristics of God. This is confirmed by Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a in the Bhagavad-gÄ«tÄ (15.15): vedaiÅ ca sarvair aham eva vedyaá¸¥. The aim of Vedic knowledge is to understand God. Therefore those who are actually following Vedic knowledge and searching after God cannot commit sinful activities against the Supreme Lordâs order. However, in this Age of Kali, although men profess to belong to so many different kinds of religions, most of them commit sinful activities against the orders of the Vedic scriptures. ÅrÄ« Caitanya MahÄprabhu therefore says herein, veda-niá¹£iddha pÄpa kare, dharma nÄhi gaá¹e. In this age, men may profess a religion, but they actually do not follow the principles. Instead, they commit all kinds of sins.