The Veda means knowledge and not blind recitation:-
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Today, priests spend more than ten years in blindly reciting the Veda like inert tape recorders without knowing its meaning while the Veda itself means knowledge (Vidul jñāne). In the ancient days, when printing technology was absent, the Veda was preserved by recitation to avoid insertions and deletions, yet, they used to study the meaning of the Veda. Meaning (Jnaana Yoga) gives inspiration (Bhakti Yoga) leading to final practice (Karma Yoga) that gives the fruit. Puurvamimamsakaas say that the word itself is God (Shabdamaatra Devataa) having supernatural power and this is totally nonsense that made them to become atheists. Sage Yaaska told that the priest blindly reciting the Veda is like an animal carrying the gold on its back without knowing the value of gold (Svarṇabhāraharaḥ…).
The Veda also says that such a priest is an animal used by the deities (Devānāṃ paśurahaha…). The scripture says that Adhyayanam (knowing knowledge) and Jnaanam (knowing knowledge) of the Veda is to be done and repetition of the same meaning gives a lot of stress on the concept (Vedo'dhyetavyo jñeyaśca). Here, recitation is not mentioned. The Hindu religion is not digested by the Hindus due to this Sanskrit-language problem, whereas scriptures of Christianity and Islam are written in their mother tongues so that they follow well their scriptures easily. Our priests themselves do not understand the Veda and not to speak about the Hindu audience! The Gita says that you shall do the Vedic rituals after knowing the meaning of the scripture, the Veda (Jñātvā kurvīta karmāṇi…).