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Originally posted by vedatruth
How to gain more knowledge about Vedic religion
The best bet is to go to Arya Samaj Mandir nearest to you and talk to the priest or other people. Please attend the weekly 'yagna' and observe the rituals. Please feel free to ask questions to the priest or other followers of Vedic dharm.
There is a dearth of English resources on Vedic dharm. The language of dharm is 'Sanskrit', as all important books are written in Sanskrit.
A basic knowledge of Sanskrit is essential to chanting Veda mantras. You should not chant in yagna (only listen) until you have developed the capability to chant correctly. It takes time and a lot of practice to chant correctly. The best bet is to listen a lot and practice a lot - the basic 'agnihotra' mantra.
Taking vegetarian food (no meat, no eggs, no sea-food) is essential requirement of Vedic religion. Being truthful, not stealing from others, control over sexual desire, and living within means (simple living) are other basic requirements. A person can stay in his family while observing these requirements. There is no need to leave a job or a family. Vedic religion does not make you an ascetic. You can live life as before and wear the same clothes as before. You do not have to change your name, or any other outward identification.