Vedas: Authority of the Vedas

                                                                  Q. I can say I have practically no knowledge of the scriptures; but I believe in GOD - in all gods. Prior to coming to the US, I used to pray a lot. However, after coming here I have reduced that, apparently for no particular reason. But I have started praying to my parents, because I feel that by serving one's parents, one can serve God. I would like to understand what really is a person's duty - is it to serve God directly or to serve his parents and reach God through them?

                                                                  Q. When I read articles on present day scientists saying there is life on Mars or human beings trying to land on moon, how do I relate that to material worlds described in Vedas?

                                                                  Q. 1. How do we know if God is real?

                                                                  One way we can come to understand or verify the existence of God is simply by studying the meticulous organization of this universe and all the things happening around us. There is such precise design, order and control in the way everything in nature functions, from the gigantic planetary movements down to the intricate workings of a cell. Is it not illogical to propose that this vast universe is conducted so meticulously just by chance and for no purpose?

                                                                  Q. How do we justify explanation of eclipses given in the Vedas as Rahu swallowing Chandra etc, while science gives explanations of shadows of one falling over other?

                                                                  Q. I'd like to know something about Vedic knowledge: specifically about categories of Sabda, Pratyaksha and Anumana. Can you tell me what do they mean?

                                                                  Srila Prabhupada explains these three methods of acquiring knowledge in his Sri Isopanishad, Introduction: